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'Will Eisner' by Michael Schumacher
'Will Eisner' by Michael Schumacher

Although he neither coined the term "graphic novel" nor invented the form, Will Eisner ranks among America's most celebrated and influential sequential artists. The creator of "The Spirit" (a comic book hero who solved crimes without recourse to superpowers or high-tech gadgetry), "The Contract With God" (depicting tenement life during the Depression) and three books on writing and drawing sequential art, Eisner has influenced a generation of artists, writers and animators, including Jules Feiffer, Art Spiegelman and Brad Bird. William Erwin Eisner was born in New York City in 1917. His artist manqué father encouraged his love of drawing; his...