My coverage of the Eisner and Harvey awards is pretty haphazard, so far I’ve been lucky to hit the nominations and awards around the time they are actually happening, but this is pure coincidence, I can never remember the dates and I’ve got so much else on my plate, so many things are happening that I have to cover, and anyway, it’s only really the reprints and the Halls of Fame that are relevant to the overall theme of this here blog, but the 2011 Eisner Hall of Fame inductees have just now been announced, so for once I am absolutely topical and up to date with the breaking news. This year the guaranteed inductees have been expanded from two to four, because so many old timers have been overlooked for too long, and it would take forever to get them all in the Eisner Hall of Fame. Anyways, hearty congratulations to the late Ernie Bushmiller, Jack Jackson, Marty Nodell, and Lynd Ward, the father of the graphic novel. All four are great artists and all four have been reprinted extensively, so there is no excuse for not checking them out. Marty Nodell is the only one who is a bit too rustic and primitive to my taste, but there is no denying his place in comic book history as the creator of the golden age Green Lantern for National.
SAN DIEGO — Comic-Con International (Comic-Con), the largest comic book and popular arts event in the United States, announced today that the Eisner Awards judges have selected four individuals to automatically be inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Awards Hall of Fame this summer. These inductees are Ernie Bushmiller, cartoonist on the Nancy newspaper strip for nearly 50 years; Jack Jackson (Jaxon), pioneer underground cartoonist (co-founder of Ripoff Press) and graphic novelist (Commanche Moon); Marty Nodell, Golden Age artist best known as the co-creator of Green Lantern; and Lynd Ward, woodcut artist hailed as a pioneer of the graphic novel (God’s Man).
Past judges have selected two automatic inductees, but this year that number has been expanded to four. “The judges felt that some significant contributors to comics’ history were being consistently overlooked by the regular voters,” notes Jackie Estrada, the Eisner Awards Administrator. “Choosing only two creators to induct was proving too difficult this year. The solution they chose was to single out individuals from four aspects of the medium.”
And now let’s take a look at those lovely reprints available at an online dealer near you: