From 1940–52, Will Eisner produced the first comic-book insert for Sunday newspapers, including perhaps his most admired creation, The Spirit. In the army in WWII, he used his comic art for educational purposes. He was internationally honored for his varied works, which include graphic novels and a history book (Comics and Sequential Art), and for his teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.
Cartoonist, writer, and publisher, William Erwin Eisner was born on March 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York into a modest immigrant family. His passion for art grew out a love of the “funnies” he saw in newspapers and while attending DeWitt Clinton High School where his own first illustration was published in the school paper.
After studying at the Arts Students' League in New York City, he became staff artist on the New York American, and in 1937 formed a ‘shop’ for mass-producing comic strips for Wags, turning out such strips as Sheena, and developing The Flame into the long-running weekly serial Hawks of the Seas. During 1940–52 he produced the first comic-book insert for Sunday newspapers that included perhaps his most admired creation, The Spirit. In the army in World War II he used his comic art for educational purposes. During his long career, Eisner has been internationally honored for his varied achievements, which include graphic novels, a history book, Comics and Sequential Art (1985), and for his teaching at the School of Visual Arts (1973) in New York. In 1988, The Esiner Awards, the comic book equivalent of the movie Oscar, was established. Each year it is awarded during Comic-Con International.
Eisner died from complications following heart surgery January 3, 2005 at the age of 87.
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