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 542,267 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Will Eisner is the 23rd most popular comic artist (up from 25th in 2019), the 1,525th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,512th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Comic Artist.

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Among comic artists, Will Eisner ranks 23 out of 174Before him are Steve Ditko, Tsugumi Ohba, Rumiko Takahashi, Georges Wolinski, Alan Moore, and Leiji Matsumoto. After him are Quino, Milo Manara, André Franquin, Don Rosa, Go Nagai, and Winsor McCay.

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Among people born in 1917, Will Eisner ranks 68Before him are Jane Wyman, Yukio Tsuda, John Cornforth, Juan Rulfo, Ko Arima, and Henry Ford II. After him are Buddy Rich, David Easton, William Standish Knowles, Herbert Lom, Obdulio Varela, and Rodney Robert Porter. Among people deceased in 2005, Will Eisner ranks 57Before him are William Westmoreland, Gnassingbé Eyadéma, George Dantzig, Emmanuelle Arsan, Arman, and Consuelo Velázquez. After him are Henry Taube, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carlo Maria Giulini, Ed McBain, Mary Jackson, and Ba Jin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Will Eisner ranks 1,525 out of 15,968Before him are Barbara Eden (1931), Henry Ford II (1917), Fred Willard (1939), Sonny Rollins (1930), Bill Pullman (1953), and J. K. Simmons (1955). After him are Fran Drescher (1957), Lee Iacocca (1924), Buddy Rich (1917), Russ Meyer (1922), Charles Mingus (1922), and Carole King (1942).

Among COMIC ARTISTS In United States

Among comic artists born in United States, Will Eisner ranks 8Before him are Joseph Barbera (1911), Carl Barks (1901), Matt Groening (1954), Bob Kane (1915), Jack Kirby (1917), and Steve Ditko (1927). After him are Don Rosa (1951), Winsor McCay (1867), Bill Finger (1914), Charles M. Schulz (1922), E. C. Segar (1894), and Charles Addams (1912).