After criminologist Denny Colt is apparently killed at the hands of a madman, he wakes from what turned out to be a death-like sleep to become the crimefighting Spirit! Donning a mask with his suit and hat, The Spirit takes on spies, femme fatales, criminals and–did we mention?–more femme fatales!
Will Eisner’s classic The Spirit is back in The Spirit Action Adventure Mystery trading card set from comic historian, author and trading card enthusiast Christopher Irving.
This campaign features up to 50 cards, all detailing the characters, adventure, and art of this classic and inimitable comic that ran from 1940 to 1952.
The Spirit was unique in that it was printed as an insert (packaged by Eisner and with help from his stable of creative talent) included in Sunday comic sections. The 7-page Spirit stories began as pulp adventure but, after Eisner returned from wartime service in 1945, became highly experimental and humanistic stories.
Eisner (1917-2005) was there in the early days of the comic book industry as an artist, and then as co-owner of Eisner and Iger, a packager of original comic book stories for a variety of publishers, such as Fox, Fiction House, and Quality.
In 1940, Eisner created The Spirit, which started out as a pulp-inspired crimefighter but, especially after Eisner’s 1945 return from wartime service, evolved into an experimental comic series about the human condition. The Spirit ran until 1952, at which point Eisner pursued creating comics for educational purposes, particularly with PS Magazine.
In 1978, Will Eisner created what is considered the first modern graphic novel for A Contract with God, about life in the tenement. It was the first of many works by Eisner. He also taught cartooning for two decades at the New York School of Visual Art.
Eisner’s legacy lives on through his work, its influence, and the annual Eisner Awards at the San Diego Comic Con. Learn more at www.willeisner.com.
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