Synopses & Reviews
Vintage and vital...
In the 60 years since his first appearance, the Spirit and his creator, Will Eisner, have both become legends. Perhaps no other writer/artist has received more admiration and acclaim from critics, readers, and comics professionals.
The Spirit has never been collected complete, in color, and in a uniform format. With Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives, this legendary strip is at last presented in a manner it has deserved for so very long: a series of deluxe hardcover volumes with the strips painstakingly restored and faithfully recolored, featuring every Spirit story ever produced in its initial run re-presented in chronological order.
Now, longtime devotees and new readers alike have a chance to own one of comics' true classics Will Eisner's The Spirit, a work comprising equal elements of beauty and importance to this art form we call comics.
"The stories slated for future volumes are among the most accomplished and memorable ever done for comics, but even this premiere collection constitutes an ideal introduction to Eisner." Gordon Flagg, Booklist
"The Spirit still crackles with the energy of an artist consumed with the excitement of cascading new ideas. Inspired by the Hollywood noir movies of the period, Eisner brought something brand new into the world not 'movies-on-paper,' but picture-writing that keeps moving in your head." Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer/artist of Maus
"Will Eisner is the heart and mind of American comics." Scott McCloud
"There is no one quite like Will Eisner. There never has been, and on my more pessimistic days I doubt there ever will be." Alan Moore, from his Foreword
In 1940, master comics artist Will Eisner stepped away from producing monthly comic books to create something new: a weekly newspaper comics supplement staring a character called the Spirit. A former police detective, the Spirit embarked on a trailblazing journey of adventure that continued into the early 1950s, bringing him into conflict with countless criminals, and scientists, and unforgettable femmes fatales, as well as ordinary citizens unwittingly caught in a web of crime. THE SPIRIT had a fantastic stylistic range, from humorous to romantic to deadly -- but always with a focus on crime, in moody, innovative, and highly atmospheric tales that are still revered by comics professional and fans today.