Geppi’s Entertainment Museum to host Will Eisner exhibition
An exhibition celebrating the work of pioneering comic book artist Will Eisner, creator of The Spirit, is set to open at Geppi’s Entertainment Museum in Baltimore.
The exhibition will be the largest and most important retrospective of Eisner's work ever held, and features more than 50 pieces of his original artwork spanning 75 years of the iconic character.
The Spirit began life in June 1940, in a comic book-sized insert in local newspapers across the U.S, spanning the gap between the well-respected comic strip and its then-lowly relative the comic book.
Eisner's inventive artwork, creative storylines and enduring characters made The Spirit a hit, and his work influenced generations of artists and writers.
He continued to push the boundaries of the medium throughout his career, introducing comic books as an educational tool for the U.S Army and adapting his work to the graphic novel format, whilst winning awards right up until his death in 2005 at the age of 87.
“We think those attending the Baltimore show and the book fair will want to take advantage of this unusual opportunity to view the genius of Will Eisner through his original art," said Melissa Bowersox, president of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum.
"His influence on future comic book creators and cartoonists was profound, and it also went far beyond his obvious artistic talent."
"When Mr. Eisner started in the business, comic book artists were not held in the same regard as comic strip artists. During the Depression, there were twelve comic strip millionaires, but that wasn’t the case for comic book creators. Eisner became a leading advocate for creator rights and graphic novels, and his impact is still being felt today.”
75 Spirited Years: Will Eisner & The Spirit opens on September 26, and runs until March 7, 2016.
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