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Injecting Noir Into A Comic-Book Classic

Two legendary comic-book artists have come together in movie theaters.

Will Eisner was a pioneer in comic books in the 1930s. He was a mentor to Frank Miller, who became known for bringing new depth to Batman in the 1980s and expanding the audience for graphic novels. Now, Miller has directed a screen version of his mentor's seminal work, The Spirit.

The original is a film noir-style classic of the 1940s. Miller says that the key to keeping film noir out of the realm of cliche is to remember that the darkness isn't about lighting, it's about tone.

Beth Accomando reports for member station KPBS.

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