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The best of the Spirit
Eisner, Will.
Adult Fiction EISNER

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Starred Review. This book collects 22 excellent 1940-50 tales from the comics grand master's series starring the down-to-Earth crime fighter the Spirit, revered among fans as a comics' Golden Age classic. Included here are all the stories reprinted in Kitchen Sink's out-of-print 1990 Spirit Casebook, plus four others, including the Spirit's origin in the very first episode. Most of the tales date from after World War II, when the Spirit often turned into a bit player or a narrator in sometimes uplifting but often tragic tales of crime and urban life--with an occasional fantastic element, as in the best-known episode, The Tale of Gerhard Schnobble, a fable about a man who can fly but doesn't because his parents don't wish him to be strange. When taking an active role, the Spirit often becomes involved with one of the trademark femmes fatales, including Silk Satin, Sand Saref, and the notorious P'Gell. At seven pages each, with only one two-parter, these are marvels of concise storytelling, displaying an encyclopedic array of artistic techniques, especially in the iconic and widely varied scene-setting splash pages. Essential for anyone interested in comics history. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.

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