Nominees Announced for 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

The nominees for the 2021 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards were announced today, and DC has earned 17 nominations! Heralded as “the Oscars of the comics world,” for over three decades the prestigious Eisner Awards have celebrated the industry’s very best releases and talent.

Chosen by a highly lauded panel of judges and voted on by industry professionals, the winners will be announced in an online ceremony during Comic-Con@Home on July 23.

DC’s titles and creators are represented among the elite with the following nominations:

  • Best Short Story: “ Rookie ,” by Greg Rucka and Eduardo Risso , in Detective Comics #1027 (DC)
  • Best Single Issue: The Other History of the DC Universe #1, by John Ridley and Giuseppe Camuncoli (DC)
  • Best Limited Series: Far Sector , by N. K. Jemisin and Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Best Limited Series: Strange Adventures , by Tom King , Mitch Gerads , and Evan “Doc” Shaner (DC Black Label)
  • Best Limited Series: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen , by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)
  • Best Publication for Kids: Superman Smashes the Klan , by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)
  • Best Humor Publication: Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen , by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)
  • Best Adaptation from Another Medium: Superman Smashes the Klan , adapted by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru ( DC)
  • Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team: Mitch Gerads/Evan “Doc” Shaner , Strange Adventures (DC Black Label)
  • Best Writer: Matt Fraction, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC) ; Adventureman, November vols. 2–3 , Sex Criminals (Image)
  • Best Writer: Jeff Lemire , Barbalien, Black Hammer, Colonel Weird (Dark Horse); The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage (DC Black Label) ; Family Tree, Gideon Falls (Image)
  • Best Writer: James Tynion IV , Something Is Killing the Children, Wynd (BOOM! Studios); Batman (DC) ; The Department of Truth (Image); Razorblades (Tiny Onion)
  • Best Cover Artist: Jamal Campbell , Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (BOOM! Studios); Far Sector (DC)
  • Best Lettering: Deron Bennett , Bear, The Sacrifice of Darkness (Archaia); King of Nowhere,Something is Killing the Children, We Only Find The When They’re Dead (BOOM! Studios); Far Sector, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red, Martian Manhunter (DC) ; Excellence (Skybound/Image); A Dark Interlude, Dark One, Relics of Youth, Resonant, Shadow Service, Vampire: The Masquerade: Winter’s Teeth (Vault); Ping Pong (VIZ Media)
  • Best Lettering: Clayton Cowles , Aquaman, Superman: Man of Tomorrow, Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen (DC) ; Adventureman, Bitter Root, Bog Bodies, Die (Image); Reaver (Skybound/Image); X Of Swords: Creation #1, X of Swords: Destruction #1, X of Swords: Stasis #1 (Marvel)
  • Best Lettering: Russ Wooton , Wonder Woman: Dead Earth (DC); Monstress (Image); Die!Die!Die!, Fire Power, Oblivion Song, Outcast, Stillwater (Skybound/Image)
  • Best Lettering: Aditya Bidikar , Barbalien: Red Planet, Grafity’s Wall Expanded Edition (Dark Horse); John Constantine, Hellblazer (DC) ; A Map to the Sun (First Second); The Department of Truth, Lost Soldiers (Image); Giga, The Picture of Everything Else (Vault)

A full list of nominees can be found at

Have you read any of the above titles? Do you agree they’re worthy of an Eisner? Let us know in the comments below!:point_down:


I am so Happy about this! It is my fourth favorite comic book.


Woo-hoo, :sparkles: 17 nominations:sparkles:! Very nice! :partying_face: :champagne: :fireworks: :batparrot:

I’m happy to see Superman titles across a wide swath of categories. Forgive the obvious, but that’s super! :superman:

Disappointed to see that Dark Nights: Death Metal-Infinite Hour Exxxtreme didn’t get a nod for Best Humor Publication. It made me laugh far more than Jimmy Olsen (which wasn’t so much a humor book, as a light-hearted adventure), and was the best thing to bear the Dark Nights: Death Metal branding.


Huzzah for Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen and all the nominees!


Awesome™:+1: a lot of great books here.


I’m so happy for all the nominees


Wow, this is quite a turnaround from less than a decade ago! It’s refreshing to see so much great talent being recognized. Well-deserved!


my favorite comic series ever


Just chiming in to agree that the recognition for Superman Smashes the Klan is great and well-deserved!


I am excited to see Far Sector and Strange Adventures on that list. Both are excellent stories.


Welcome back to the community, @brad.gregory! Glad to hear that you agree with some of the picks - I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll pick up a few awards. :crossed_fingers:

I’m also excited to see a few nominations for both Superman Smashes the Klan and Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen - if anyone is interested in reading the former, the DC Book Club had a great discussion about it last month. You can find it here! :0_superman1:


How do u vote?


Hey @Jurisdiction! Voting is only open to invited professionals from the comic book industry, not the general public. :slight_smile:


Although, it can be said that one can vote with their dollars and pick up some of the above books. I’m sure DC would appreciate the post-nominations sales spike.

Or…for the above titles that are on DCUI, you can read them here. DC will appreciate the content engagement spike. :slight_smile:


And here are the DC winners:

Best Limited Series - Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12) - Superman Smashes the Klan, by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best Humor Publication - Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen, by Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber (DC)

Best Adaptation from Another Medium - Superman Smashes the Klan, adapted by Gene Luen Yang and Gurihiru (DC)

Best Writer - James Tynion IV, Batman (DC) (and a bunch of other non-DC stuff)

Source: 2021 Eisner Award Winners Announced at Comic-Con | CBR


Well deserved all around! :partying_face: