If Will Eisner isn’t already on your radar, he soon will be. With The Spirit not too far from our cinemas, the man behind the original comic strip is likely to see more deserved attention in the next few months than he ever got when he was alive.
Norton is republishing a raft of Eisner books, which is excellent news for both established Eisner fans and those new to his work. First up is The Dreamer, short but sweet at 50 pages, but a key moment in the history of graphic novels. The book is based on Eisner’s own start in comics, and also looks at some of the up and coming comic writers and artists who used to work in his studio, including Bob Kane (creator of Batman) and Jack Kirby (who was, amongst other things, at least partly responsible for a good smattering of Marvel’s most popular characters).
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