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Will Eisner

1917 - 2005

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William Erwin Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel" with the publication of his book A Contract with God. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Will Eisner has received more than 786,223 page views. His biography is available in 36 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Will Eisner is the 27th most popular comic artist (down from 23rd in 2019), the 1,787th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,524th in 2019) and the 9th most popular American Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Will Eisner ranks 27 out of 174Before him are André Franquin, Quino, Leiji Matsumoto, Milo Manara, Alan Moore, and Winsor McCay. After him are Don Rosa, Georges Wolinski, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Hirohiko Araki, Jean-Claude Mézières, and Masashi Kishimoto.

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Among people born in 1917, Will Eisner ranks 77Before him are Magda Szabó, Stéphane Hessel, John B. Calhoun, Robert Bloch, Urie Bronfenbrenner, and Yevgeny Khaldei. After him are Hirokazu Ninomiya, Obdulio Varela, Jean Rouch, Pedro Infante, Harold Garfinkel, and Buddy Rich. Among people deceased in 2005, Will Eisner ranks 62Before him are William Westmoreland, Robert Sheckley, Arman, Victoria de los Ángeles, Dana Elcar, and Urie Bronfenbrenner. After him are Robert Moog, Carlo Maria Giulini, Richard Smalley, Ba Jin, Zhang Chunqiao, and Yao Wenyuan.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Will Eisner ranks 1,787 out of 18,182Before him are Matthew Broderick (1962), Melinda Gates (1964), Walt Whitman Rostow (1916), Lady Bird Johnson (1912), Zack Snyder (1966), and Ida Tarbell (1857). After him are Jon Favreau (1966), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), Liv Tyler (1977), Jack Swigert (1931), Lionel Stander (1908), and George Wald (1906).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Will Eisner ranks 9Before him are Carl Barks (1901), Matt Groening (1954), Jack Kirby (1917), Bob Kane (1915), Steve Ditko (1927), and Winsor McCay (1867). After him are Don Rosa (1951), Bill Finger (1914), Charles M. Schulz (1922), Frank Miller (1957), Jerry Siegel (1914), and Charles Addams (1912).