Fitzgerald, Paul E. Will Eisner and PS Magazine. An Ongoing Legacy of Nitty-Gritty Laughs and Deadly Serious How-to Comics for Generations of America’s Warriors. An Illustrated History and Commentary. Fincastle: FitzWorld.US, 2009. (224 S.)
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ID no. (ISBN etc.): 0615278086
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Keywords: "PS Magazine", Eisner. Will, Illustrated text, Nonfiction, USA
Publisher: FitzWorld.US (Fincastle)
Here’s the first penetrating, full look at Will Eisner’s main body of work—strips, covers, illustrations, and design for PS Magazine—produced in a 21-year period between his memorable and historic run of The Spirit and publication of his acclaimed first graphic novel, A Contract with God, in 1978.
The author, Paul E. Fitzgerald, was the magazine’s first managing editor. He weaves together two parallel stories—Eisner as an artist in expansive change, and the U.S. Army’s daringly innovative publication that moved from early perilous survival and bureaucratic brinkmanship to 58 years (and still going) as a sweepingly successful communications pacesetter.
The author’s knowledge of PS operations and challenges, production techniques, and personalities, coupled with his ongoing personal and professional friendship with Eisner from 1953 until the artist’s death in 2005, provides a unique and close-up look at the “middle period” of Eisner’s creative life.
The Eisner shop reflected here included Chuck Kramer, Dan Zolnerowich, Mike Ploog, Murphy Anderson, Dan Spiegle, Alfredo Alcala, and Joe Kubert (who is the current PS contract artist).
1 The Plan, the Players, and the Pitfalls
2 Gloom, Doom and Despair
3 Conflicts and Challenges
4 Dynamic Duo
5 Frame for the Art
6 Lookout, Willie Boy!
7 The Hairy Arm
8 Safe Haven in Never-Never Land
10 On The Road With Eisner
11 A Word (or Two) from Our Sponsor
12 Cast of Characters
13 An International Language
14 The Two-Way Street of Technical Intelligence
15 The Hand(s) at the Helm
16 Continue the March!
17 The Best of Post-Eisner PS
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