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Will Eisner
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    (March 6, 1917-January 3, 2005)
    Born in New York, New York
    Legendary comic book artist who created The Spirit, Blackhawk and Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, among others
    Won the National Cartoonist Society Award seven times, including the Reuben award for Cartoonist of the Year
    Member of both the Academy of Comic Book Arts and Jack Kirby Halls of Fame
    Namesake of the Eisner Awards
    His middle name was Ervin.
    He started what he called 'a very snooty literary magazine' in high school.
    He once said 'Comic books were a ghetto.'
    He frequently used ghost writers/artists.
    He went to high school with Batman creator Bob Kane.
    His career spanned almost seventy years!
    He created the graphic novel, especially the stark black and white 'look' associated with the genre.
    Wizard magazine named him 'the most influential comic book artist of all-time.'
    He owned his own company, which was making $25,000 a year, in the middle of the Great Depression by age nineteen.
    His creation, 'The Spirit' is one of the greatest in comic book history.
    He was the first artist to have a positive African-American character appear as a regular in a comic book.
    When he started teaching college classes on comic book art, he couldn't find any textbooks that suited him so he wrote his own. Both books were successes and are still used in college art classes.

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