Will Eisner

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Will Eisner was born in 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. He began his career as a cartoonist in the 1930s, and in 1941 he created his most famous character, The Spirit. Eisner used this character to explore social and political themes, and his stories were acclaimed for their artistic quality and narrative complexity, elements that marked his career in the comic book world.

In the 1970s, Eisner began experimenting with a new comic book format: the graphic novel. A Contract with God (1978), his first graphic novel, was a critical and commercial success. Eisner continued publishing graphic novels for the rest of his career.



Considered one of the founding fathers of modern comics and the graphic novel, Eisner’s work helped establish comics as a legitimate and respectable art form, and his influence can be felt in the comic book world.

Eisner was also a prolific writer and educator. He published several books on comic theory, and taught at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

The Eisner Award was named in his honor and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comic medium.


What the critics have said:

“One of those few artists capable not only of naturally assimilating the changes that occurred around him at the pace of the times, but also of being one of the creators of the great milestones of that evolution. Eisner did not just evolve with comics: he made them evolve.” – El País

“When he was young, Eisner saw a future for comics that few saw. For about 20 years he produced educational material in comic form. An absolute genius.” – Amazon