THE SPIRIT! "the only real middle-class crimefighter"
Kitchen Sink Press 1981
First Edition Hardcover.
LARGE Hardcover book 9" x 12"
Small "ding" at bottom edge of cover otherwise Condition is very nice in FINE-NEAR MINT Condition. Some minor rubbing to covers & edges from storage and handling. A tight, clean copy. Includes 13 complete 'Spirit' stories in full color
As usual in almost any Will Eisner SPIRIT tale there is humor, there is innuendo, there is implied BDSM and Denny Colt (The Spirit) winds up in some kind of version of male bondage. He is constantly beaten, battered, abused and often by some of the most beautifully rendered women and "dames" as has ever graced a comic strip. He is that great stoic emblem of what a "real man" was all about: a lunkhead, powerful and always lovable.
"Comic books were a ghetto. They wanted an heroic character, a costumed character. They asked me if he'd have a costume. And I put a mask on him and said, 'Yes, he has a costume!'"- Will Eisner
The Bullpen throughout the publication run of the The Spirit included: Jules Feiffer, Jerry Grandenetti, Sam Rosen, Bob Powell, Dave Berg, Fred Kida, Jack Cole, Lou Fine, Manly Wade Wellman, Klaus Nordling, Marilyn Mercer, Wally Wood
The Spirit is a fictional masked crimefighter created by cartoonist Will Eisner. He first appeared June 2, 1940 in "The Spirit Section", the colloquial name given to a 16-page Sunday supplement, distributed to 20 newspapers by the Register and Tribune Syndicate and reaching five million readers during the 1940s. From the 1960s to 1980s, a handful of new Eisner Spirit stories appeared in Harvey Comics and elsewhere, and Warren Publishing and Kitchen Sink Press variously reprinted the feature in black-and-white comics magazines and in color comic books. In the 1990s and 2000s, Kitchen Sink Press and DC Comics also published new Spirit stories by other writers and artists.
The feature was the lead item of a 16-page, tabloid-sized, newsprint comic book sold as part of eventually 20 Sunday newspapers with a combined circulation of as many as five million copies. "The Spirit Section", as it was colloquially called, premiered June 2, 1940, and continued until October 5, 1952. It generally included two other, four-page strips (initially Mr. Mystic and Lady Luck), plus filler material. Eisner worked as editor, but also wrote and drew most entries—generally, after the first few months, with such uncredited collaborators as writer Jules Feiffer and artists Jack Cole and Wally Wood, though with Eisner's singular vision for the character as a unifying factor.
William Erwin "Will" Eisner (March 6, 1917 – January 3, 2005) was an American cartoonist, writer, and entrepreneur. He was one of the earliest cartoonists to work in the American comic book industry, and his series The Spirit (1940–1952) was noted for its experiments in content and form. In 1978, he popularized the term "graphic novel" with the publication of his book A Contract with God. He was an early contributor to formal comics studies with his book "Comics and Sequential Art" (1985). The Eisner Award was named in his honor, and is given to recognize achievements each year in the comics medium; he was one of the three inaugural inductees to the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame...........From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia