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    Wally Wood and Will Eisner The Spirit Sunday Strip "Outer Space" Page 1 Original Art dated 5-27-52 (Will Eisner, 1952). In the waning days of Will Eisner's classic detective strip The Spirit, he took the unusual step of sending the character to the Moon. It is perhaps the most famous sequence of stories from this celebrated "newspaper comic book," which began in the summer of 1940. Rather than attempt the art duties himself, Eisner hired the best possible replacement in Wally Wood, whose recent sci-fi art for EC's Weird Science and Weird Fantasy was unsurpassed. Here's the first page from this story to really drive this point home. The Moon's cratered surface is drawn to perfection in the first four panels, with Panel 5 showing Woody's first drawing of the Spirit, as seen in the reflection of a spaceship's port window. Panel 6 is pure, classic Wood at his best -- the walls of the ship are spot-on similar to his EC output. Eisner had prepared a sample drawing of the Moon as a guide for Wood; it was based on a telescopic photo of the craters in close detail. Amazingly, this sample piece not only survived, but is included here, as is the torn-out photo from Life magazine Eisner's art was based on. Wood's page art is in ink with gray wash, white paint, and Zipatone shading film on Bristol board, with an image area of 13" x 18". The white lettering in the first four panels are reverse photo prints; the one in Panel 2 has begun to lift off, and Wood's original black on white lettering can be seen underneath. Eisner's sample panel is in ink, gray wash, and white paint on Bristol, with an image size of approximately 4.5" x 4.25". There is minor handling wear and the previously mentioned lifting of a lettering stat on the page, but overall, condition is Excellent. For fans of Will Eisner, the Spirit, science-fiction comics, and Wally Wood, worlds have come together in a most spectacular way!

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