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Will Eisner

Will EisnerAKA William Erwin Eisner

Born: 6-Mar-1917
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 3-Jan-2005
Location of death: Lauderdale Lakes, FL [1]
Cause of death: Heart Failure

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Cartoonist, Artist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Turned comic book authors into Sequential Artists

Military service: US Army (drafted 1945)

Will Eisner first knew fame from The Spirit, a weekly comic strip appearing in newspapers from 1940-1945, where he nurtured a young Jules Feiffer. After being drafted in 1945, he created the Joe Dope series of instructional comics for soldiers. He is generally credited with the creation of the graphic novel when he published A Contract With God in 1978. Also wrote Comics & Sequential Art in 1985, a groundbreaking academic overview of those subjects.

[1] Florida Medical Center, Lauderdale Lakes, FL.

Wife: Ann Louise Weingarten
Son: John

    High School: DeWitt Clinton High School, Bronx, NY

    John Kerry for President
    Reuben Award 1998
    Heart Bypass Operation
    Open Heart Surgery

    Comic Book Confidential (10-Sep-1988) · Himself

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Author of books:
Comics & Sequential Art (1985, non-fiction)
Graphic Storytelling (1996, non-fiction)

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