Also some interior shots of The Spirit here or in the IDW thread wouldn't be a luxury
As for The Spirit: here are first of all some examples of the many, unbelievable splash pages (some of which are almost 70 years old):
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Here's a page which shows that Eisner wasn't only able to produce stunningly constructed splash pages, but also could create incredibly dynamic scenes. I compared this to Harvey Kurtzman in the MMW boards. Look at how much is going on here:
Kind of an easter egg were these two Spirit pages by Wally Wood:
As for the quality of the reproduction: I mentioned above that the originals used here are between 60 and 70 years old, so they have darkened quite a bit. All the more surprising then how many of them still look good, which is reflected in a very nuanced reproduction of most pages:
This goes even more so for Gleisdreieck, which was written by a German professor of history (now living in France) and a French-German artist. Both have lived/grew up in Berlin and the GN creates and amazingly realistic picture of Berlin in the 1980s, especially the leftist, terrorist and squatter scene(s), according to many reviewers who lived then and there (I myself only remember some aspects from the news since I was too young back then to have a comprehensive picture; plus I'm not from Berlin). Needless to say I enjoyed the hell out of it. There's also a few annotations at the end. Plus it has a "playlist" of a soundtrack at the beginning to accompany the book (and full of excellent choices).
Tagebuch 1914-1918 had been on my wish list for a while as well. I actually didn't realize that it's by the same artist who did Gleisdreieck. I only found out when I read the "other works by..." section at the end of Gleisdreieck. LOL.
"Im Land der..." has some beautiful art and got great reviews, but it's not a traditional comic as such. It's one art accompanied by text, so more of a picture book (here's an example: http://fm4.orf.at/v2static/storyimag...lderbuch-7.jpg). However, it was about 6€ on Amazon Warehouse Deals, so I thought "What the heck. why not?" Haven't read it yet, though.
Oh, and nothing didactic about Berlinoir or Gleisdreieck at all. The former tells a fictional story using the history of Berlin as a sort of canvas while the other wants to objectively show the Berlin of that time (I usually prefer non-didactic history comics as well, even if there are some excellent ones that do have a message).