Will Eisner was a multi-award-winning
American cartoonist who created The Spirit.
He was the writer of A Contract with God,
To the Heart of the Storm, Invisible People,
and Dropsie Avenue.
Eisner was a pioneering force in comics
for over six decades, consequently, the
comic industry's highest honor, the Eisner
Award, was named for him. He was a
multi-faceted artist who coined the term
"sequential art" and was a pioneer of the
Will founded the American Visual Corporation
in 1951, which published numerous official
manuals in comic form, magazines and other
instructional materials for the government,
related agencies, businesses and schools.
He was also an educator who taught classes
for years at the School of Visual Arts in
New York City, and authored two definitive
instructional books on the medium, Comics
and Sequential Art and Graphic Storytelling.
Biographical fast facts
Full or original name at birth: William Erwin Eisner
Date and place of birth: March 6, 1917, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Date, place and cause of death: January 3, 2005,
at Florida Medical Center, Lauderdale Lakes,
Florida, U.S.A.* (Complications from heart bypass surgery)
Wife: Ann Louise Weingarten (m. June 15, 1950 - January 3, 2005) (his death)
Son: John David Eisner
Daughter: Alice Carol Eisner
Father: Samuel Eisner
Mother: Fannie Eisner
Error correction or clarification
* He did not die at
"Florida Lakes Hospital" as one source erroneously claims.
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