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PS Magazine: The Best of The Preventive Maintenance Monthly [NOOK Book]

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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 American soldiers everything about weapons safety for vehicles, aircraft, firearms, and electronics. Eisner illustrated these vital lessons in ...
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Overview

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 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, more mature graphic novel style.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (Sept.)
Library Journal
GI Joe is swearing at his all-too stationary truck: "I called them jokers for new batteries two hours ago...and it's darker out here'n four inches up a bull's nostril! HALP...." The great Eisner helped pioneer comics as an armed services teaching tool and drew GI training manuals during World War II. In the early 1950s, he helped the U.S. Army launch PS Magazine, about safe use and maintenance of vehicles and material. Recurring characters Joe Dope, Sargeant Haft-Mast, and Connie Rodd (the curvaceous mechanic) allowed him to work in lighthearted vignettes of instruction and precaution. Eddie Campbell selected from 20 years of issues and includes an introduction about how Eisner adapted the leaden prose of professional military writers into snappy text plus visuals and then had to run a gauntlet of army red tape to secure approvals. VERDICT While the technical details are dated and Eisner's style is sometimes overly goofy by modern standards, he created comics that still make you want to read them. An instructional model for today's producers of nonfiction comics, which too often lack such visual traction, this also has appeal for military buffs, vehicle junkies, and Eisner fans.—M.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613121085
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/15/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 1,260,240
  • File size: 103 MB
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Meet the Author

Will Eisner (1917–2005) is one of the most beloved and important creators in comics. His work includes the comic book The Spirit and more than two dozen graphic novels, including A Contract with God. The comics industry’s most prestigious award, the Eisner, was created in his honor.

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  • Posted February 20, 2013

    In 1967 I was a Wheel and Track vehicle mechanic in Vietnam. Wi

    In 1967 I was a Wheel and Track vehicle mechanic in Vietnam. Will Eisner's PS monthly magazine was one of the few bright spots in the war that I could look forward to to brighten my tour. Later , in the 1990s I was lucky enough to have my work appear with the great man in the NEW TWO FISTED TALES published by DARK HORSE. What a thrill! Love those PS Maintenance Monthlys. Outstanding art, delightful read and simple enough for a PFC to understand. Don Lomax

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