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The Spirit: An 80th Anniversary Celebration by Will Eisner (graphic novel review).

July 2, 2020 | By | Reply More

The hype I saw for this book, ‘The Spirit: An 80th Anniversary Celebration’ is a bit misleading or I was reading it wrong because I thought it was actually other people doing their interpretations of Will Eisner’s famous character, the Spirit. Actually, its 9 people who have either worked with Eisner by getting his stories reprinted, like with Denis Kitchen and Paul Levitz, or others showing their appreciation and choosing stories they wanted to see reprinted. As they were mostly originally printed in black and white, four of them have been coloured for this volume.

Will Eisner, in case you’ve never come across his work, has been a big influence on illustrated narrative fiction. When police criminologist Denny Colt in a confrontation with mad scientist Dr. Cobra, he gets soaked in a suspected animation liquid and assumed dead. He recovers with added endurance and recovery but rather than reveal this, he adopts a blue domino mask and goes under the guise of the Spirit and works outside of the law. Interestingly, although his origin story is shown here, none of the other people have selected any story featuring his femme fatales. Even so, if you want a measure of the character and Eisner’s storytelling skills then this book makes for a useful taster to whet your appetite.

GF Willmetts

June 2020

(pub: Clover Press, 2020. Page graphic novel sorta of softcover. Price: I pulled my copy for about £12.00 (UK) . ISBN: 978-1-951038-05-2)

check out website: www.CloverPress.us

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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