Will Eisner

Poster from Government Comics Collection

This poster isn’t signed, but it’s not hard to speculate on the artist. Will Eisner’s American Visuals Corporation contributed several comics and illustrations for the Army and U.S. government. This poster (along with some “pin-ups”) of (then) Sgt. Halftrack  is  available as a .tiff file in the gov. comics collection here.

Army Field Forces were impressed with the results of Army Motors,  an Ordinance Corps monthly magazine that featured illustrations and a  character called “Joe Dope,” and how it encouraged preventive maintenance. At the Army’s request, Will Eisner produced PS Magazine in 1951, with each issue containing a short comic story and numerous illustrations.

In 2001, Joe Kubert contracted to provide art work for PS Magazine. March 2002 issue featured Spider-Man, and the May 2004 issue was the spotlight of a copyright dispute because it featured a parody of Harry Potter. The case was eventually ruled as parody and the lawsuit was dismissed. Among a long list of other references to appear in PS: Star Trek and David Bowie. Many issues are available online- Virginia Commonwealth  Libraries  has a searchable collection – visit their site here.

PS Magazine: The Best of The Preventive Maintenance Monthly


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