A roman à clef about Eisner's early years in the thriving comics industry prior to World War II—featuring new annotations that reveal comics pioneers such as Bob Kane and Jack Kirby who appear under pseudonyms....more
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You see, The Dreamer is Eisner's lightly veiled autobiographical tale of how he got into comics and how he got his big break with The Spirit. It's a great story, if you've an interest, and I certainly do. It is helped along, as always, but Eisner's great art (Joe Kir ...more
I picked up "The Dreamer" when I was relatively young, still reading superhero series and more mainstream books. This story showed me how amazing comics could be to tell human interest stories, tales of ordinary people that had lead extraordinary lives.
"The Dreamer" made me want to make my own comics and I'll always be thankful for that. ...more
The Dreamer is a roman à clef of Eisner's time in the comic book industry of the 1930s. A fascinating, first-hand account of what it was like to work for the early assembly-line comic book publishers, this graphic novel also contains some fun, thinly disguised appearances by industry legends such as Jack Kirby (co-creator of The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, and Captain America among others) and Bob Kane (the co-creator of Batman). ...more
To think there was once a tim ...more
He relates his trek from dewy-eyed young dreamer to writer and artist behind Sheena Queen of the Jungle, Captain Marvel, and eventually, his signature work, The Spirit.
Comic book story-telling doesn't get better than this tale from the brush of the master. ...more
As the story opens, "Billy" (clearly a stand-in for Will Eisner), an aspiring artist, is looking for work and still living with his parents. It's the dawn of comic book publishing: the mid-1930's, not long before Superman's first appearance in Action Comics. (While the basic outline of this event is portrayed, Eisner a ...more
A very nice little read, especially with the notes at the end explaining who all the pseudonames were, and where maybe Will was a little more kind and generous to his subjects than they deserved.
The corporate nature of our entertainment industry is something that fills me with despair....and this story is obviously supposed to be inspirational yet realistic. Well, it's fairly realistic for how short it is, and I have to admire that, but I didn't find it to be i ...more
In a career that spanned nearly eight decades -- from the dawn of the comic book to the advent of digital comics - Will Eisner was truly the 'Father of the Graphic Novel' and the 'O ...more