By Will Eisner
“Eisner was once not just sooner than his instances; the current instances are nonetheless catching as much as him.”—John UpdikeCalled “a masterpiece” through R. Crumb, A lifestyles strength chronicles not just the nice melancholy but additionally the increase of Nazism and the unfold of socialist politics during the depiction of the protagonist, Jacob Shtarkah, whose existential seek mirrored Eisner’s personal lifelong fight.
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I must be going. Goodbye, Shakila. GUARDS! Come quickly, I have caught the Treasure Thief! 51 Princess, we are here! Are you alright? I am fine. Bring a light quickly. I have captured the Treasure Thief! Send word to my father. We have him. We have the thief. Milady… …I don’t think you have him... Horus’s Eye! Whoever he was, he certainly didn’t want to get caught. Sacrificed his own hand to escape! 52 Well played, Akhenta. I must admit. You covered all your tracks. Well played indeed. How do you cut off your own arm to escape?
They told us to guard that body. And that’s what we’re doin’… Although, there’re whispers. But they don’t whisper very loud. They say that fool stole from the pharaoh himself. They don’t say what he stole, but it must have been bad for him to get this type of treatment. I wonder what he stole to be treated so badly. Prob’ly went after the pharaoh’s daughter! Ha ha ha ha—hic! 42 It is indeed my honor to provide for men worthy of such a responsibility. Here, please help yourselves to some more. So tell me, good sirs, why have you been posted on such a wretched duty?
Never again did Akhenta need to enter the pharaoh’s royal vault by way of his father’s secret passage. Instead, he walked through the main entrance… but only to add to the impressive coffers. His life with Shakila became a romance worthy of being extolled in legend and ballads, where the two lived happily ever after with many children to continue their bloodline. In the end, the Treasure Thief came to be known as the Treasured Thief—respected by the pharaoh and all of Egypt. And this is how he is remembered by history.