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Monday, March 06, 2017 

How Will Eisner encouraged army mechanics to read manuals

The Baltimore Sun has an article (and a short video clip) about a new exhibit for the works of famous cartoonist Will Eisner, detailing how he turned instruction manuals for military mechanics into comic book format (hosted by characters like Sgt. Half-Mast, Connie Rodd and Joe Dope), and thus encouraged soldiers during the WW2 era to read them and learn how to repair equipment.

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Eisner started the comic-strip-format instruction magazine, and it continued with different artists over the years, including Joe Kubert. The issues of "PS" that I saw in the early 1980's were drawn by Murphy Anderson.

The character of Corporal Connie Rodd, the buxom but no-nonsense NCO, was obviously influenced by Lauren Bacall, as were several heroines and villainesses in The Spirit strip (P'Gell, Silk Satin, and Sand Saref).

Always enjoy the tidbits about classic creators. Wish we had more like them today.

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