AN illustrated history and commentary

Close looks and insider answers

about Will Eisner’s main work
not available to general public
in his inventive ‘middle years’

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.

Nowadays many publications are inspired by the style of PS Magazine, incorporating comic book elements into their designs. The PS Magazine style can be found on art portals, online poker sites, music venues and newspapers.

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).

The implementation of the PS Magazine style on the Internet:

Musicians Corner Nashville musicianscornernashville.com
Modern React react.gg
Virtual Gas Museum wmgaz.pl
Hypergiant hypergiant.com

11 inches by 8.5 inches, landscape.

     Coated, matte finish.

Full process-color throughout.



PS Magazine’s first managing editor, whose 52-year friendship with Will Eisner is warmly reflected throughout the book.

448 Illus

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