Will Eisner best known for his influential comic book series The Spirit and his groundbreaking graphic novel A Contract with God believed in the teaching power of comics, and from 1951 to 1971 he produced PS magazine for the U.S Army This Preventive Maintenance Monthly called PS because it was a postscript to the standard technical manuals was aimed at teaching AmericaWill Eisner best known for his influential comic book series The Spirit and his groundbreaking graphic novel A Contract with God believed in the teaching power of comics, and from 1951 to 1971 he produced PS magazine for the U.S Army This Preventive Maintenance Monthly called PS because it was a postscript to the standard technical manuals was aimed at teaching American soldiers everything about weapons safety for vehicles, aircraft, firearms, and electronics Eisner illustrated these vital lessons in drawings, pinups, step by step guides, and comic strips This collection contains the best of Eisner s 227 issues of PS, reproduced in a portable digest format This relatively unknown work by Eisner is finally explored the missing link between his comic books and his later, mature graphic novel style.Praise for PS Magazine For the first time, Will Eisner s superlative work for the U.S Army has been assembled into a single collection The result shows the artist s keen understanding of the educative power of graphic storytelling From 1951 to 1971, between The Spirit and A Contract with God, Eisner produced PS Magazine for the army in order to teach the common soldier how best to use, maintain, repair, and requisition their equipment From explaining how to load a truck correctly to why it won t start, Eisner used a combination of humor, sound technical writing, and graphic storytelling to educate the soldiers His magazines could be found at the front lines, in the officer s mess, and in the quarters of senior military officials It featured a cast of recurring characters like the loveable Joe Dope and the voluptuous Connie Rodd, who headlined featured segments like Joe s Dope Sheet and the provocatively named Connie Rodd s Briefs With Eisner s wonderful artwork and clarity of style making sometimes difficult concepts easy to understand, it s no wonder PS Magazine was so popular with military personnel A fascinating document for both fans of Eisner and military history buffs Publishers Weekly starred review These amusing yet pragmatic sketches provide a missing link comics document for fans and demonstrate the same mastery of his craft that marked Eisner s better known works Booklist An instructional model for today s producers of non fiction comics, which too often lack such visual traction, this also has appeal for military buffs, vehicle junkies, and Eisner fans Library Journal The enthusiast who s been nurturing a curiosity about Eisner s lost years will find all he needs to know from this beautifully produced little volume The Comics Journal Eisner understood comics potential for education decades before his peers, and PS magazine was his first laboratory This thoughtful new collection is an essential addition to the Eisner library Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics
PS Magazine The Best of The Preventive Maintenance Monthly Will Eisner best known for his influential comic book series The Spirit and his groundbreaking graphic novel A Contract with God believed in the teaching power of comics and from to he prod
If you enjoyed Private SNAFU cartoons then you ll love this book Will Eisner illustrated instructional comics on proper equipment maintenance for the US Army from the Korean to the Vietnam War 1951 1791 In true Eisner style they re done with as much imagination and energy as his work for The Spirit Legend has it that the Army brass wasn t thrilled with instructionals drafted comic book style but it was a big hit with the servicemen, and why not Half the tips are dished out by a red hot saucy blo [...]
I came to Eisner s The SPIRIT a couple of decades ago and found his stories cinematic in their fluid action Eisner was one of the originators of the comic book he created comic books as a Sunday newspaper insert to begin with and his SPIRIT comics have been imitated and emulated for decades even though he stopped producing them in the mid late 40 s In the 50 s he worked on PS Magazine the Army s Preventative Maintenance Magazine His publishing design company contracted with the Army to produce t [...]
Interesting cultural artifact I skimmed a lot of it because I really don t care about tank lubing Back when I worked at the Government Depository Library, we passed around a later iteration of the graphic instruction manuals that was all about wrapping your missiles before transport even if you have hot dates If I recall correctly, the kindly sergeant advised them that the girls would happily wait to have the missiles properly wrapped Eyebrow waggle And yes, should I ever need to transport missi [...]
It s fun for a person trained in supply chain management or hand tool maintenance to geek out over old US Army comic books written about scheduled maintenance It s especially fun when Eisner illustrates the thing Seeps versus leaks, you say Fascinating This is the second book I ve seen recently with an excellent cloth cover I wish books were given the care and attention the publisher gave to the binding of this book.
This is an interesting collection of Eisner s work done for Preventive Maintenance Magazine PS Magazine The collection highlights Eisner s instructive cartoons that were used by the US military from the 1950s 1960s This might be an interesting supplement for Military History or Modern American History.
Exhibit A in the case for the power of comics in education or maybe B, as it s an extension of Eisner s earlier work in Army Motors In any event, an important artifact from the vaults for demonstrating that efferent and aesthetic purposes for reading need not be mutually exclusive.
An essential Eisner read, it has some of his most hallucinating drawings This collection will transport you to another time with ease
Caution, genius at work.