DC Comics was the clear winner at the Eisner Awards at Comic-Con International in San Diego with wins in 10 categories and shared wins in three others. The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor excellence in the comic book field and are named for Will Eisner, creator of the Spirit. Darwyn Cooke, who announced at San Diego he would be leaving DC Comics' latest iteration of "The Spirit,” was a winner in multiple categories. Cooke won in the "best single issue or one-shot” category for "Batman/The Spirit,” drawn by Cooke and written by Jeph Loeb. Cooke's magnum opus for DC, "The New Frontier,” won best graphic album — reprint and best publication design. "The New Frontier” follows Superman and other heroes of the DC Universe from the end of World War II through the cold war. The anthology hardcover "Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall,” won awards for "best anthology,” and "best short story.” Artists who worked on "1001 Nights” also won awards — Jill Thompson for best painter/multimedia artist and James Jean for best cover artist. Todd Klein was named best letterer for his work on "1001 Nights” and others, including "The Eternals” and "Lost Girls.” Paul Pope nabbed two awards for DC. His "Batman Year 100,” featuring a futuristic Batman, was named best limited series, and Pope was named best writer/artist. The Finger Award honors excellence in a career of comic-book writing. The awards are named after Bill Finger, who worked with Bob Kane in the creation of Batman. This year's winners were Gardner Fox and George Gladir. Gladir has worked for Archie Comics since 1959, and was the head writer of Cracked magazine from the 1960s through the 1980s. With artist Dan DeCarlo, Gladir created "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.” Fox, who died in 1986, worked for DC Comics in the Golden and Silver Ages of superhero comics, and co-created characters including Starman, Doctor Fate, Sandman, Flash and Hawkman. He wrote the popular "Justice League of America” in the 1960s. The Will Eisner Spirit of Comic Book Retailing Award went to Earth-2 in Sherman Oaks, Calif, owned by Carr D'Angelo. For a complete list of Eisner winners, go online to www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_eisners_main.shtml.
DC Comics wins 10 awards and shares three others at annual convention.