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Spirit, The - Achives VOL 18 Hardcover – Apr 12 2006

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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics (April 12 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401207693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401207694
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.9 x 26.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 680 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,458,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comics master's apex Nov. 6 2006
By Bradley Olrich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Will Eisner is righfully considered to be the most innovative draftsman and storyteller in the history of comics so far (just over 100 years and counting...). This particular volume collects his 'Spirit' stories at the top of their form. Stories in which the Spirit himself often took a backseat to various colorful character inhabiting Central City. This allowed for a greater variety of genres to be played with by the writers (which included a young Jules Pfieffer), getting away from the Spirit's usual crime noir and delving into slice of life stories, science fiction, and humor. I'm a cartoonist myself (see Commodore Dinosaur on the web)and teach a college course on comics and graphic novel illustration and Eisner's work is required reading, but that aside, these stories are just entertaining as hell.
These Really Are Classic April 26 2013
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book collects the Spirit stories from January 2 to June 26, 1949. Here is the story list:

A Prisoner of Love
The Explorer
Thorne Strand and the Spirit
A Slow Ship to Shanghai
The Big Sneeze Caper
The Valentine
The Deadly Comic Book
Death, Taxes and...The Spirit
The Vernal Equinox
Foul Play
A Pot of Gold
Introducing Lovely Looie
Dolan Walks a Beat
The Spirit Now Deputy
The Hunted
Hamid Jebru
The Crime of Passion
The Space Sniper
Young Dr. Ebony
Black Alley
The Prediction
The Elevator

Other critics more learned than I have described the genius of Will Eisner and the great entertainment value of The Spirit. And it is commendable that the complete run of the Spirit is being preserved and made accessible to the public. But it's a shame that DC is printing these stories at a reduced size. I got much more enjoyment from the less archival Kitchen Sink reprints, both in black-and-white and in its large color albums, because the increased panel size allowed greater appreciation of Eisner's fabulous drawings. To take the work of a brilliant illustrator and reduce it to a size even smaller than it would be if printed as a standard-sized comic book is a sin against true archival preservation and any good will one has toward DC for publishing these books must be mitigated by the actual format. But even so, the Spirit is wonderful , the stories in this volume show Eisner at the height of his storytelling powers and there's no other practical way to get all of them in the order they were published.