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A Contract With God: Eisner, Will

A Contract With God

Eisner, Will

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ISBN 10: 0878160175 / ISBN 13: 9780878160174
Published by Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, Wisconsin, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition Thus. Signed, Limited Edition. Number 166 of 600 signed and numbered copies. Signed by the author on an illustrated limitation slip attached to the front free end paper. This slip has a B&W image of a man starting to climb steps up to a tenement building. Additionally inscribed by the author on the front paste down: "To Wayne, from Will Eisner". Quarter brown cloth and cream paper over board covers, with silver gilt title to cover, clean and unmarked, with no noticeable shelf wear. Dust jacket is clean and unmarked, in mylar sleeve. Binding is square and solid. Un-paginated. A collectible copy of Eisner's ground breaking graphic novel. First published, in English, by Baronet in 1978, Eisner revolutionized the comics medium with the publication of this book, long considered the first graphic novel. Eisner is considered by critics as the grand-father of graphic novels in America. This semi-autobiographical work captures with pen and ink the drama of the city and its all-too-human inhabitants. Bookseller Inventory # 004341

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Title: A Contract With God

Publisher: Kitchen Sink Press, Princeton, Wisconsin

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Eisner, Will

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscribed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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In 1978, Will Eisner, creator of the spirit and one of the most influential comic artist of all time, revolutionized the comics field with the publication of a contract with god, the first modern graphic novel. Drawing on his memories of growing up in the bronx in the 1930s, Eisner created a series of moving, thematically related stories exploring the immigrant experience and their struggle with life in new nation. In the coming months, DC will publish 11 more graphic novels from The Will Eisner Library, along with the spirit archives.


It's fair to say that Will Eisner invented modern comic art. A Contract with God has been called the first graphic novel, and its divergence from traditional comics themes and forms highlights Eisner's foresight and brilliance. Dealing with stories and memories from his childhood in a Bronx tenement, he explores the brutality, fragility, and tenderness possible among people living in close quarters close to the poverty line. The four stories here are tough but funny, deep but finely detailed, much like the traditional Jewish stories he drew upon to flavor his own work. Ending reflectively (and perhaps autobiographically), A Contract with God shows us a young man peering out into his city as he decides whether and how to face adulthood. You won't see that in the funny papers. --Rob Lightner

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