Will Eisner’s early years
Here’s a list of most of the reference materials I read while putting together the first part of my Will Eisner profile in episode 4 of The Lakes International Comic Art Podcast.
Alter Ego issue 48
Twomorrows Publishing has a great range of titles exploring comic history. Issue 48 concentrates on Eisner’s early years and includes an interview with the man himself on his days working with Quality comics.
Eisner’s own retelling of his time as a comic book artist before developing the Spirit, it’s a thin volume and essential reading.
The Comic Detective
Ken Quattro unearthed the original court transcripts of the DC vs Fox Wonder Man trial.
Comic Book Artist, Vol 2, No. 6
Tribute issue to Will Eisner with contributions from some of the biggest names in comics. Available as a digital download from Twomorrows Publishing
If you’re interested in the period of the birth of the comic book industry, the following books are brilliantly informative…
Men Of Tomorrow: Geeks, Gangsters and the Birth of the Comic Book
by Gerard Jones
Wonderfully evocative exploration of the era.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Paperback
by Michael Chabon
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Literature, a fictional tale of two comic creators during this era.
Radio 4 interview with Michael Chabon about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, he talks about interviewing Will Eisner for the book.