Drawn Out: The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels


'A Contract With God,' Will Eisner

'A Contract With God,' Will Eisner
Courtesy Will Eisner Estate

The book that more or less introduced the term graphic novel, Eisner's story cycle follows a host of Jewish characters trying to negotiate life in a Bronx tenement. The writer-artist was already something of a legend for his work on the era-defining strip The Spirit in the Forties and Fifties, all but inventing much of adventure comics visual grammar. But Eisner considered this collected quartet of tales his masterwork, a sepia-toned literary fiction in the tradition of Bernard Malamud and I.J. Singer.

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