Will Eisner is considered as one of the most important contributors to the development of the medium and is known for the cartooning studio he founded. Will Eisner is regarded as the 'Father of the Graphic Novel'.
William Erwin Eisner was born on Mar 6, 1917 in Brooklyn, New York. He is remembered for his use of comics as an instructional medium and for his educational work about the medium as exemplified by his book Comics and Sequential Art. Will Eisner lead a leading role in establishing the graphic novel as a form of literature with his book 'A Contract with God' and 'Other Tenement Stories.'
Will Eisner's famous works include the highly influential series The Spirit, A Contract with God, Life on Another Planet, The Dreamer, The Last Knight etc. He was the creator of The Spirit, John Law, Lady Luck, Mr Mystic, Uncle Sam, Blackhawk, Sheena and many others.
The comics community paid tribute to Eisner by creating the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, more commonly known as "the Eisners", to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium.
Will Eisner died on Jan 3, 2005 of complications from a quadruple bypass surgery performed December 22, 2004.