Tuesday, January 04, 2005
Will Eisner (1917-2005)
Will Eisner, one of the greatest comic artists of all time, passed away today at the age of 87 following quadruple bypass heart surgery.
He'll probably be best known as the creator of the 1940's hero The Spirt as well as defining the art of cartooning as sequential art. He gave the comic profession a dignity that helped to make it more than just a job.
His style and his talent were incredible. Each issue of the Spirit was like watching a film, marrying panels and word balloons that told more in a scant 8 pages than most pros could tell in 24.
Mr. Eisner was one of the master storytellers of the 20th Century.
I had the honor to meet him, albeit briefly several years ago at a San Diego Comic Convention.
He'll be missed but his artwork will live forever.