WHO IS… THE SPIRIT? From his eerie headquarters under Wildwood Cemetery, masked criminologist Denny Colt — believed by many to be dead — secretly fights crime as The Spirit! From his home in Central City to the far-flung corners of the world and beyond, The Spirit attracts the most seductive and dangerous femmes fatale and wages a neverending war against streetwise crooks, criminal master-minds and otherworldly beings… with only quick wits, sharp humour and his two gloved fists.
Will Eisner created the The Spirit in 1940. For twelve years, the original adventures of masked crime fighter Denny Colt appeared in newspapers and comic books across the United States.
The Spirit first appeared in print as the star of a syndicated comics feature — known now as 'The Spirit Section' — produced by Eisner's studio. The stories were also published in comic book format in various Quality Comics by publisher Everett 'Busy' Arnold, a business partner of Eisner's. The Spirit stories have been reprinted in several comic book series and collected editions from various publishers over the years. The main publisher was Kitchen Sink Press, who published the entire run of post-War Spirit stories as well as a selection of pre-War stories in The Spirit: The Origin Years.
Kitchen Sink Press also published The Spirit: The New Adventures, which featured Spirit stories written and illustrated by a variety of creators including Alan Moore, Eddie Campbell, Dave Gibbons and Paul Chadwick.
DC Comics have published a 26-volume set of Will Eisner's The Spirit Archives, reprinting the entire original series in high quality hard cover editions. Dark Horse have completed the job by packaging the "New Adventures" as a matching volume.
DC launched an all-new monthly The Spirit series featuring adventures written and illustrated by Darwyn Cooke and many other leading creators.
Currently, The Spirit plays a starring role, alongside Doc Savage, The Bat Man, Blackhawks and The Avenger in DC Comics' pulp-themed First Wave series by writer Brian Azzarello. The Spirit also stars in his own ongoing series set in the "First Wave" universe.