I had the pleasure of meeting him a year before he died. The funny part is that since this was not a comics fan event, but at a book fair, the room was 80% older Jewish grandmas who had no idea who the hell he was. So immediately after he spoke, one grandma raised her hand and asked, “so, uh, you do cartoons? Have you made anybody famous?”
Here’s some great concept art from Brad Bird’s unproduced adaptation of The Spirit. The top image features producer Steven Paul Leiva, Brad Bird, and Will Eisner - who was 100% behind the animated adaptation.
The second image is a letter Brad Bird wrote to Steven Spielberg while trying to promote the film’s test reel in an attempt to ultimately receive funding for a fully animated production of The Spirit.