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Spirit Archives Vol. 24 [Hardcover]

Will Eisner

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Book Description

June 17 2008 Spirit Archives (Book 24)
Criminologist Denny Colt let the world believe he was dead in order to continue his war against crime as the masked vigilante known only as The Spirit.Through his career, he fought some of the worlds deadliest villains with nothing more than his wits, his fists and his tongue planted firmly in his cheek. The blue-suited, fedora-wearing crimefighter created by Will Eisner starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers, and Eisners groundbreaking style utilized the comics format to its greatest strengths. The final installments of Eisners weekly Spirit stories reaches its conclusion in this volume of adventures from the early 1950s, including the lushly illustrated series that took The Spirit from Central City to the surface of the moon.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 294 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (June 17 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401216986
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401216986
  • Product Dimensions: 26.4 x 17.5 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 862 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,462,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lunar Peaks and Valleys of the Spirit Dec 21 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
The Spirit story to follow in this volume is the Spirit going to the moon with art by EC comics master Wally Wood. Will Eisner was getting tired of producing the weekly Spirit section and took on Wally Wood in the hopes of him doing the art. They embarked on the ambitious moon exploration story line where Denny Colt (The Spirit) would be in charge of a group of convicts who would explore the moon. However, deadlines were missed forcing a filler story and Eisner having to take the artistic reins again when he did not want to.

The story is fascinating showing showing where the Spirit might have gone under other hands (something we would not see until the recent DC Comics relaunch). These stories were reprinted in the 80's in The Outer Space Spirit, trade paperback and hard cover (both long out of print and in black and white).

After these stories the Spirit just ran down and went out with a whimper. However the Outer Space storyline alone is worth the purchase of this volume.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Late, Not-So-Great Eisner June 16 2013
By Al Hence - Published on Amazon.com
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Will Eisner's "The Spirit" is one of the great comic strips of all times. However, that said, this is not a very good example of Eisner's work. By this time he was tired of the stip, wanted to do other things and it shows. The stories are generally weak and the art shows a lot less enthusiasm/inspiration. The "centerpiece" for this volume is The Spirit on the Moon storyline. It is Eisner's only attempt at science-fiction per se and was done in hopes of restoring the strip's flagging popularity, not because Eisner thought it was a good idea. So, Wally Wood was brought in from EC to do the art. Now arises the problem, people who buy a book of Eisner's art presumably want Eisner, not Wally Wood. In any case, the results were disappointing. As noted, the earlier books in the series are much better examples of The Spirit and Eisner's distinctive, innovative work.
5.0 out of 5 stars WIll Eisner's The Spirit - best written and drawn comic strip of all time April 24 2014
By Richard Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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There is no better or more enjoyable comic strip than The Spirit by Will Eisner. Stories range from serious to absurd, artwork is a tutorial on how to do a newspaper comic strip or a comic book. Eisner was the master everyone else aspired to be.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy earlier volumes first Nov. 21 2008
By J. P. HIGBED - Published on Amazon.com
The stories in this volume are mostly trite, boring, and very disappointing.
Several are very "out of character", too. One story, for example is built around the Spirit stressing about finding a grey hair!
Don't forget, these stories are the reason the Spirit was dropped from many papers then cancelled.
Even the celebrated Wally Wood stories are great art, but a tedious plot.
The only fun is in artist spotting. Eg Wood, Elder, Ditko.
If you haven't got them, buy earlier volumes instead, esprcially 14 - 19.
2 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff! July 25 2008
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Will Eisner's film noir style is refreshing, the storytelling is highly entertaining, and the character of the spirit has shown great promise as a timeless entity that will go down in history as one of the greats.

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