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POST 1952 APPEARANCES & REPRINTS

Updated by Wes Tumulka

The Spirit Checklist is 2001 Cat Yronwode

A downloadable copy of the whole of The Spirit Checklist, formatted by Steve Meyer, is available in either Adobe Acrobat (305KB) or as a zipped rtf document (149KB).


Abbreviations of Comics & Magazines

Definitions of Terms Used

aka - also known as

B&W - black & white (no differenciation is made between halftone, line shots, proof, flat tones, wash tones, zipatone or photostat)

COL - color/colour (no differenciation is made between color that is the same as the original sections or stories that have been recolored)

Framed - A reprint that has a new framing sequence & some original panels deleted

Retouched - Minor changes in artwork from the original section

Redrawn - Major changes in artwork from the original section

Refried - Same story, much dialogue same, names may be changed, new art.


The Spirit Checklist first appeared in The Spirit Magazine #22 - #28 inclusive, published by Kitchen Sink. Compiled by Cat Yronwode, it was the first comprehensive listing of all appearances of The Spirit.

This latest version of the checklist is based upon that original listing, but has some alterations:

Because of the size of the Checklist, it is split into sections:

1) Pre-war and War Spirit Sections 1 - 290, click here.

2) Post-War Spirit Sections by Will Eisner 291 - 447, click here.

3) Spirit Sections by Eisner & others, 448 - 645, click here.

4) Reprints of Spirit Sections, new stories and appearances after 1952 (as well as appearances in other media) are shown below.

POLICE COMICS REPRINTS (QUALITY)

Because only one Spirit reprint appears in each issue of this title, the list below consists of pairs of numbers. The first number is the issue of POLICE and the second one is the original section number of THE SPIRIT - ie "11 - 1" means that POLICE no. 11 reprinted SPIRIT Section no. 1

Date

OCT 42

NOV 42

DEC 42

JAN 43

FEB 43

MAR 43

APR 43

MAY 43

JUN 43

JUL 43

AUG 43

SEP 43

OCT 43

NOV 43

DEC 43

JAN 44

FEB 44

MAR 44

APR 44

MAY 44

JUN 44

JUL 44

AUG 44

SEP 44

OCT 44

NOV 44

DEC 44

JAN 45

FEB 45

MAR 45

APR 45

MAY 45

JUN 45

JUL 45

AUG 45

SEP 45

OCT 45

NOV 45

DEC 45

JAN 46

FEB 46

MAR 46

APR 46

MAY 46

JUN 46

JUL 46

Issue - Section

11 - 1

12 - 3

13 - 5

14 - 8

15 - 7

16 - 9

17 - 13

18 - 17

19 - 28

20 - 21

21 - 18

22 - 12

23 - 16

24 - 26

25 - 25

26 - 10

27 - 37

28 - 38

29 - 33

30 - 44

31 - 43

32 - 52

33 - 71

34 - 62

35 - 72

36 - 40

37 - 50

38 - 36

39 - 34

40 - 39

41 - 60

42 - 114

43 - 115

44 - 163

45 - 161

46 - 177

47 - 183

48 - 157

49 - 187

50 - 160

51 - 178

52 - 170

53 - 174

54 - 146

55 - 168

56 - 227

Date

AUG 46

SEP 46

OCT 46

NOV 46

DEC 46

JAN 47

FEB 47

MAR 47

APR 47

MAY 47

JUN 47

JUL 47

AUG 47

SEP 47

OCT 47

NOV 47

DEC 47

JAN 48

FEB 48

MAR 48

APR 48

MAY 48

JUN 48

JUL 48

AUG 48

SEP 48

OCT 48

NOV 48

DEC 48

JAN 49

FEB 49

MAR 49

APR 49

MAY 49

JUN 49

JUL 49

AUG 49

SEP 49

OCT 49

NOV 49

DEC 49

JAN 50

FEB 50

MAR 50

APR 50

MAY 50

Issue - Section

57 - 224

58 - 226

59 - 228

60 - 219

61 - 237

62 - 232

63 - 230

64 - 239

65 - 248

66 - 268

67 - 249

68 - 264

69 - 221

70 - 223

71 - 274

72 - 253

73 - 247

74 - 290

75 - 285

76 - 254

77 - 273

78 - 280

79 - 276

80 - 287

81 - 270

82 - 267

83 - 281

84 - 266

85 - 259

86 - 245

87 - 255

88 - 241

89 - NONE

90 - 235

91 - NONE

92 - 220

93 - NONE

94 - 327

95 - 326

96 - 336

97 - 323

98 - 303

99 - 325

100 - 309

101 - 334

102 - 353


SPIRIT COMICS REPRINTS (QUALITY)

Although this series contained reprints of other SPIRIT SECTION material, notably FLATFOOT BURNS and JONESY, only SPIRIT stories are indexed below.

NO.

[1]

[2]

[3]

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

DATE

[1944]

[1945]

[1945]

SPR 46

SUM 46

AUT 46

WIN 46

SPR 47

SUM 47

AUT 47

SPR 48

SUM 48

AUT 48

WIN 48

SPR 49

JUL 49

SEP 49

NOV 49

JAN 50

APR 50

JUN 50

AUG 50

SECTIONS REPRINTED

150, 156, 155, 151, 149, 153

165, 179, 182, 176, 186, 180

148, 166, 171, 145, 158, 173

231, 184, 222, 169, 164

240, 210, 225, 207, 213

229, 192, 233, 201, 190

211, 234, 238, 218, 216

208, 220, 235, 197, 196

283, 206, 269, 198, 212

256, 189, 275, 199, 188

236, 204, 258, 195, 194

272, 279, 286, 265, 284

278, 262, 289, 261, 284

288, 271, 251, 250, 252

263, 277, 232

228, 224, 226

237, 227, 219

294, 316, 295

304, 308, 312

328, 296, 313

332, 317, 315

321, 319, 320

COVER

Fine

Fine

Fine

Fine

Fine

Fine

Fine

Fine

?

Crandall ?

Crandall

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Note: Issues 1 - 3 are not numbered or dated. Cover blurbs are -

[1] "Wanted - Dead or Alive"

[2] "Crime Does Not Pay"

[3] "Murder Runs Wild"

These comics were published by Vital, not Quality.


SPIRITMAN REPRINTS (NO PUBLISHER)

The comic consists of rebound SPIRIT SECTIONS with a blank space where the newspaper masthead slug was to be inserted. The copyright notice has been honed off the plate too. There is no indicia, the inside front and back covers are blank and the back cover carries an ad for Triangle Sales Co. Issue one has been confirmed as being published. The company sells how-to-do-it books on card tricks, dancing, self-defence, joke telling and kissing. See also THREE COMICS MAGAZINE.

NO.

1

2

DATE

[1944]

[1944?]

SECTIONS REPRINTED

195, 196, 199

200, 201

COVER

?

?


THREE COMICS MAGAZINE REPRINTS (NO PUBLISHER)

The comic consists of rebound SPIRIT SECTIONS with a blank space where the newspaper masthead slug was to be inserted. The copyright notice has been honed off the plate too. The cover of issue 4 is a blown-up swipe of a panel from LADY LUCK by Klaus Nordling, but the panel does not appear in the stories reprinted in the comic itself. The cover is printed in two colours only - a sort of mustard yellow and process blue. There is no black plate. The book contains no indicia and the back cover carries a standard public service ad for War Stamps. The inside front and back covers contain ads for The Penny King Co. The ads are crudely hand lettered and are for a "14kt. Gold Finish Army Air Force Pin" and "Sun Pictures," a kit for making prints from your own negatives. The cover is 1/8 inch bigger all around than the SPIRIT SECTIONS it contains and was not trimmed to fit. See also SPIRITMAN.

4 [1944/] 203, 204, 202 Nordling (swipe)

Further note on SPIRITMAN and THREE COMICS MAGAZINE:

Because the Section numbers for the known copies of these items are consecutive, it is quite likely that when further copies of each are found there will be an overlap in contents. The evidence seems to indicate that someone at Greater Buffalo Press, where all the SPIRIT SECTIONS were printed for distribution to newspapers, ran some extra copies without mastheads or copyright notices and sold them to sales companies for use as premiums or for resale. (Both items bear 10 cent price notices) The non-professional cover art and the manner of binding (a staple or two through the side, not saddle stitched) indicate that the whole operation was rather fly-by-night, if not entirely bootlegged.


MODERN COMICS REPRINT (QUALITY)

The SPIRIT only appeared in one issue of MODERN COMICS

NO.: 102 DATE: OCT 50 SECTION REPRINTED: 362 COVER: ?


SPIRIT COMICS REPRINTS (FICTION HOUSE)

NO.

1

2

3

4

5

DATE

SPR 52

SUM 52

52

53

54

SECTIONS

590, 597, 596, 586

609, 573, 599, 568

615, 613, 600, 610

566, 607, 588, 621

567, 582, 565, 580

COVER

Whitman?

Eisner

Eisner + ?

Eisner + ?

Eisner


HELP! REPRINT

Harvey Kurtzman reprinted one SPIRIT story, accompanied by an introduction and several additional panels of SPIRIT art. See also CAPTAIN GEORGE'S COMIC WORLD.

NO.

v2n1

DATE

FEB 62

SECTIONS REPRINTED

503, panels from 510, 512, 520


SPIRIT & PLASTIC MAN REPRINTS (IW/SUPER)

Sometime during the 1950s Israel Waldman obtained the original printing plates for a large number of comic books which had been published years before by about three dozen different companies. From 1958 through 1964 he reprinted these books illegally, without regard to copyrights. Because in many cases he did not find plates for the covers, he had new ones drawn for most of the books. New titles were given to the comics too, more often than not. The IW (later Super) line featured a very strange numbering system - some series would be numbered 4 through 9, for instance, with no previous numbers. The numbers were actually related to the date of the release, at least partially, and aside from year dates on some titles, the books were undated by month. There were three IW/Super reprints containing SPIRIT stories. Two of them were taken from the Quality SPIRIT series and the third was a reprint of Quality's POLICE, re-titled PLASTIC MAN.

THE SPIRIT

NO.

11

12

DATE

1963

1964

SECTIONS REPRINTED

304, 308, 312 (reprints the interior of Quality SPIRIT #19)

237, 227, 219 (reprints the interior of Quality SPIRIT #17)

PLASTIC MAN

NO.

18

DATE

[1964]

SECTION REPRINTED

326 (reprints the interior of Quality POLICE #95)


SPIRIT COMICS REPRINTS (HARVEY)

In addition to reprinting old SPIRIT stories, the Harvey comics contained new material by Eisner. All stories which did not appear in the original 1940 - 1952 run of THE SPIRIT are indicated by letters such as (A), (B), etc. Further information about them are under NEW SPIRIT STORIES section. The Harvey reprints were the only SPIRIT stories to be submitted to the Comics Code Authority, which led to a few minor changes in both wording and art.

NO.

1

2

DATE

OCT 66

MAR 67

SECTIONS REPRINTED

(A), 434, 446, 455, 484, 485, 452, 432, (B)

(C), 441, 457, 543, 538, 437, 547, 440, (D)

COVER

Eisner

Eisner


CAPTAIN GEORGE'S COMIC WORLD REPRINT (B&W)

This magazine, and several others with similar titles, contained bootleg reprints of famous old comic strips and illustrations, all published by "Captain George," a Canadian with more aesthetics than scruples. The only SPIRIT story he ran was lifted, without regard to copyrights, from Harvey Kurtzman's HELP!, complete with intro!


THE SPIRIT (BAGS) REPRINT (GIBSON/EISNER, B&W)

Each BAG contained ten SPIRIT stories, plus additional comments by Will Eisner.

NO.

1

2

3

4

DATE

OCT 72

DEC 72

JAN 73

JUL 73

SECTIONS REPRINTED

1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

12 - 21

22 - 31

32 - 41

Note: Section no. 4 was inadvertently omitted. See also BOOTLEG BAG.


THE SPIRIT REPRINTS - (KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND, B&W)

These books, often referred to as the "Kitchen Undergrounds", because of their format, reprinted old SPIRIT stories, as well as carrying new SPIRIT work by Eisner. The new work is indicated by a letter code (ie (E)) and is indexed under NEW SPIRIT STORIES.

NO.

1

2

DATE

JAN 73

SEP 73

SECTIONS REPRINTED

307, (E), 337 (F), 338 (G), 317, (H)

332, 347, 375, 365, (I)

COVER

Eisner

Eisner


EERIE REPRINTS (WARREN)

These ran as inserts in the regular Warren B&W horror/fantasy magazine.

NO.

54

55

DATE

FEB 74

MAR 74

SECTION REPRINTED

395

316


THE SPIRIT REPRINTS (WARREN)

Stories printed in full colour are indicated by placing the Section no. in paraenthesis [ie (401)]. Stories printed in blue and black duotone are indicated by placing the Section no. in brackets (ie [539]). All others are B&W. Warren reprints were often heavily retouched or even redrawn.

NO.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

SPECIAL

DATE

APR 74

JUN 74

AUG 74

OCT 74

DEC 74

FEB 75

APR 75

JUN 75

AUG 75

OCT 75

DEC 75

FEB 76

APR 76

JUN 76

AUG 76

OCT 76

SUM 75

SECTIONS REPRINTED

304, 359, 373, 388, (401), 341, 353, 348

352, 397, 398, 403, (371), 412, 383, 354

471, 491, 494, 461, (406), 496, 416, 499

404, 385, 418, 475, (474), 487, 419, 498

481, 465, 466, 473, (457), 459, 467, 449

378, 414, 415, 374, (456), 549, 410, 516

454, 355, 356, 420, (470), 344, 451, 450

502, 503, 452, 453, (417), 462, 472, 455

482, 483, 445, 463, (469), 460, 368, 446

581, 582, 562, 570, ((A)), [530], [554], 559, 557

488, 413, 390, 438, 368, 468, 441, 402

511, 512, 515, 439, 447, 394, 436, 521, 343

456, 520, 490, 514, 369, 358, 408, 485, 432

530, 531, 532, 510, 517, 537, 572, 540, 534

477, 478, 479, 480, 486, 435, 497, 431, 421

411, 527, 327, 362, 302, 323, 424, 319

(401), (406), (474), (457), (458), (470), (417), (469), (316), (395)

COVER

Golgos [from Eisner]

Eisner + Dubay

Eisner + Corben

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Kelly

Eisner + Mohally

Eisner + DuBay

Eisner + DuBay

Eisner + DuBay

Eisner


COMIX INTERNATIONAL REPRINT (WARREN)

Comix International was published by Warren as a quarterly In the last issue a reprinted Spirit story was run in colour.

NO.

5

DATE

Spring 77

SECTION REPRINTED

371


SPIRIT MAGAZINE REPRINTS (KITCHEN SINK B&W)

The second series of Kitchen Sink reprints took up where the Warren series left off, as far as numbering. The format was changed slightly though. Watercolour covers by Eisner were the rule, and a great deal of new work by Eisner (not SPIRIT stories) is printed, in addition to SPIRIT reprints. Stories printed in full colour are indicated by placing the Section no. in paraenthesis [ie (1)]

NO.

17

18

19

20

21

22

23

24

25

26

27

28

29

30

31

32

33

34

35

36

37

38

39

40

41

DATE

NOV 77

MAY 78

OCT 78

MAR 79

JUL 79

DEC 79

FEB 80

MAY 80

AUG 80

DEC 80

FEB 81

APR 81

SECTIONS REPRINTED

484, 518, 523, 536, 550, 560, 571

573, 495, 556, 425, 350, 507

391, 357, 437, 442, 440

443, 423, 407, 568, 526, 635

372, 349, 324, 335, 637

379, 380, 381, 345, 636

42, 297, 367, 506, 638

43, 315, 320, 392, 639

44, 339, 489, 386 & splash page of 563, 640

75, 303, 306, 396, 641

88, 112, 400, 555, 444, 642, 643

71, 114, 529, 553, 644, 645, & scripts for 646 - 648

26, 109, 509, 513

82, 336, M

110, 296, 399, 543

56, 152, 376, 377

28, 29, 340, 464, page intended for HAR#3

53, 72, 427, 545

27, 32, 293, 295

321, 328, (1), 351

74, (2), 74, 492

83, 476, 500, (3), 525

40, 301, (4), 342, 583

360, 361, (5), 370

38, 322, (6), 387, 433

COVER

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner, Fine, Cabarga

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner + many others

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner (panel)

Eisner


A SMITHSONIAN BOOK OF COMIC-BOOK COMICS - (COL)

A collection of 32 comic stories, edited by Michael Barrier and Martin Williams. Reprints three sections, "The Element of Time" (63), "The Story of Gerhard Shnobble" (432), "Ten Minutes" (485).


WILL EISNER QUARTERLY (KITCHEN SINK)

When The SPIRIT MAGAZINE series was discontinued by Kitchen Sink to make way for a chronological reprinting of the Post-War Spirit sections - the publisher also launced a new title which would feature Will Eisner's new art & stories. The Will Eisner Quarterly also continued reprinting the very early SPIRIT sections in colour that had started with number 36 of the SPIRIT MAGAZINE. The reprints would last until issue 6 of the Quarterly, which itself only lasted a further two issues.

NO

1

2

3

4

5

6

DATE

WIN 83

SPR 84

SUM 84

WIN 84

APR 85

SEP 85

SECTION REPRINTED

7

8

9

10

11

12

COVER

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner

Eisner


THE SPIRIT REPRINTS (KITCHEN SINK)

For the first time ever, Kitchen Sink launched this reprint series in 1983 that would reprint all of the post-War Spirit sections in chronological order. The first 11 issues of the series were in colour, but the rest of the series was in black & white. All covers are by Eisner unless otherwise noted.

NO. & DATE

1 - OCT 83

2 - DEC 83

3 - FEB 84

4 - MAR 84

5 - JUN 84

6 - AUG 84

7 - OCT 84

8 - FEB 85

9 - APR 85

10 - JUN 85

11- AUG 85

12 - OCT 85

13 - NOV 85

14 - DEC 85

15 - JAN 86

16 - FEB 86

17- MAR 86

18 - APR 86

19 - MAY 86

20 - JUN 86

21 - JUL 86

22 - AUG 86

23 - SEP 86

24 - OCT 86

25 - NOV 86

26 - DEC 86

27 - JAN 87

28 - FEB 87

29 - MAR 87

30 - APR 87

31 - MAY 87

32 - JUN 87

33 - JUL 87

34 - AUG 87

35 - SEP 87

36 - OCT 87

37 - NOV 87

38 - DEC 87

39 - JAN 88

40 - FEB 88

41 - MAR 88

42 - APR 88

43 - MAY 88

44 - JUN 88

SECTIONS REPRINTED

(291) - (294)

(295) - (298)

(299) - (302)

(303) - (306)

(307 - 310)

(311 - 314)

(315 - 319)

(320 - 324)

(325 - 329)

(330 - 334)

(335 - 339)

340 - 343

344 - 347

348 - 352

353 - 355

356 - 359

360 - 363

364 - 367

368 - 371

372 - 375

376 - 379

380 - 383

384 - 387

388 - 391

392 - 395

396 - 399

400 - 403

404 - 407

408 - 411

412 - 415

416 - 419

420 - 423

424 - 427

428 - 431

432 - 435

436 - 439

440 - 443

444 - 447

448 - 451

452 - 455

456 - 459

460 - 463

464 - 467

468 -471

NO. & DATE

45 - JUL 88

46- AUG 88

47 - SEP 88

48 - OCT 88

49 - NOV 88

50 - DEC 88

51 - JAN 89

52 - FEB 89

53 - MAR 89

54 - APR 89

55 - MAY 89

56 - JUN 89

57 - JUL 89

58 - AUG 89

59 - SEP 89

60 - OCT 89

61 - NOV 89

62 - DEC 89

63 - JAN 90

64 - FEB 90

65 - MAR 90

66 - APR 90

67 - MAY 90

68 - JUN 90

69 - JUL 90

70 - AUG 90

71 - SEP 90

72 - OCT 90

73 - NOV 90

74 - DEC 90

75 - JAN 91

76 - FEB 91

77 - MAR 91

78 - APR 91

79 - MAY 91

80 - JUN 91

81 - JUL 91

82 - AUG 91

83 - SEP 91

84 - OCT 91

85 - NOV 91

86 - DEC 91

87 - JAN 92

SECTIONS REPRINTED

472 - 475

476 - 479

480 - 483

484 - 487

488 - 491

492 - 495

496 - 499

500 - 503

504 - 507

508 - 511

512 - 515

516 - 519

520 -523

524 - 527

528 - 531

532 - 535

536 - 539

540 - 543

544 - 547

548 - 551

552 - 555

556 - 559

560 - 563

564 - 567

568 - 571

572 - 575

576 - 579

580 - 583

584 - 587

588 - 591

592 - 595

596 - 599

600 - 603

604 - 607

608 - 611

612 - 615

616 - 619

620 - 623

624 - 627

628 - 631

632 - 635

636 - 640

641 - 645


HEAVY METAL(COL)

The November 1983 issue (volume 7 #8) featured an interview with Will Eisner and reprints "Meet P'Gell" from 6th October 1946 (#332)


WILL EISNER'S 3-D CLASSICS (FEATURING THE SPIRIT) (KITCHEN SINK, B&W)

With the re-emergence of 3-D comics in the 1980s, a one-off collection of reprints was published.

NO.

1

DATE

1985

SECTIONS REPRINTED

392, 328, 509, 476


THE SPIRIT: THE ORIGIN YEARS (KITCHEN SINK, B&W)

Following on from their success series reprinting all of the Post-War Spirit sections (see THE SPIRIT REPRINTS for Kitchen Sink, above), this series started reprinting the Pre-War Spirit sections. Unfortunately sales only warranted 10 issues of this series (not quite reaching the first year of SPIRIT sections). All of the covers were based on Eisner splash page or panels from THE SPIRIT.

NO.

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

DATE

MAY 92

JUL 92

SEP 92

NOV 92

JAN 93

MAR 93

MAY 93

JUL 93

SEP 93

DEC 93

SECTIONS REPRINTED

1 - 4

5 - 8

9 - 12

13 - 16

17 - 20

21 - 24

25 - 28

29 - 32

33 - 36

37 - 40

COVER

Poplaski

Poplaski

Lison

Lison

?

Lison

Lison

Lison

?

Lison


DC SPIRIT REPRINTS (DC COMICS, COL)

With Will Eisner signing a contract with one of the most established comics publishers in the USA, it is with delight that DC have announced the publication of THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES, a complete, chronological colour reprinting of ALL of THE SPIRIT sections!

THE SPIRIT ARCHIVES

VOL.

1

2

3

4

PUBLISHED

MAY 2000

AUG 2000

DEC 2000

MAR 2001

SECTIONS REPRINTED

1 - 31

32 - 57

58 - 83

84 - 109

DC have also reprinted the Quality Comics THE SPIRIT#1 in their Millennium Editions series.

MILLENNIUM EDITION: THE SPIRIT#1 (2000)

NO.

1

DATE

MAY 2000 reprint of 1944

SECTIONS REPRINTED

150, 156, 155, 151, 149, 153

COVER

Fine


THE BOOTLEG SPIRIT BAG REPRINT (ANON, B&W)

Because the SPIRIT BAG reprints of 1972 - 1973 were incomplete, two concerned fans with a printing press and no scruples decided to reprint the missing story from the BAG (Section 4), set in a format identical to the others. This was a limited edition, given away to friends and fellow SPIRIT enthusiasts for free, simply to make their sets complete. In the place of the comments made by Eisner which appeared on all of the regular BAG stories, this BOOTLEG BAG (the name is a misnomer, as the item was never sold in a plastic bag) contained a short explanation of the printers' motives. This statement was signed with Eisner's forged signature and disclaimed "any intent to defraud, swindle or infringe upon the copyrights of Will Eisner." A rare item. This reprint first appeared in May 1979.


THE SPIRIT DAILIES

With the success of the weekly SPIRIT sections in 1940, the Philadelphia Record asked for a daily continuity. On Monday October 13, 1941 the daily sequence started, with Will Eisner doing the writing and artwork for the first six weeks of the sequence before being drafted into the Army. Soon Jack Cole took over both the art and scripting before success on his "Plastic Man" feature meant the daily continuity went to writer Bill Woolfolk and artist Lou Fine (contributors to the weekly sections during the War). The strip itself lasted until March 11, 1944.

Ken Pierce Books has reprinted most of the daily sequence over the course of four volumes (the first having a new cover by Eisner). These were dated Volume 1 - 1977, Volume 2 - 1978, Volume 3 - 1980, Volume 4 - 1980, although Volume 1 was also reprinted in 1980. Will Eisner Quarterly #5 reprinted some strips the four volumes had missed. There were also at least two volumes (of 5) of the dailies published by Edwin Aprill Jr, 5272 W. Liberty Rd, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48103. These went under the general heading inside the front cover of "Great Classic Newspaper Comic Strips". Great Classic Newspaper Comic Strips No. 4. - The Spirit No. 1 August 1966 (Limited edition of 300) and Great Classic Newspaper Comic Strips No. 9. - The Spirit No. 2 July 1968 are known to exist.


NEW SPIRIT STORIES (VARIOUS PUBLISHERS, 1966 - PRESENT)

Even though THE SPIRIT newspaper comic book came to an end in 1952, Eisner has on occasion brought the character out of retirement for an episode or two. Where these have apeared alongside of the SPIRIT reprints, they have been given code letters, such as (A), (B), etc. Some new SPIRIT stories were never published in the regular comics and magazines, and these are also given code letters below. In 1998 for the first time in over over twenty years a new SPIRIT title was launched which featured new material. Called The Spirit: The New Adventures, this is indexed at the end of this section.

(A) THE HARVEY ORIGIN OF THE SPIRIT - 7 pages (COL). Script and pencils by Will Eisner; inks by Eisner and Chuck Kramer; lettering and colours by American Visuals staff. [Note: This retelling of The Spirit's origin differs substantially from both the first version (Section 1) and the second (Section 294). Published in HARVEY SPIRIT No.1 (October 1966). Reprinted in WARREN SPIRIT No. 10 (October 1975).

(B) THE SPIRIT LAB (INVINCIBLE DEVICES) - 2 pages (COL). Script and pencils by Will Eisner; inks by Eisner and Chuck Kramer; lettering and colours by American Visuals staff. Published in HARVEY SPIRIT No. 1

(C) THE LIFE STORY OF THE OCTOPUS - 7 pages (COL). Script and pencils by Will Eisner; inks by Eisner and Chuck Kramer; lettering and colours by American Visuals staff. Published in HARVEY SPIRIT No. 2 (March 1967)

(D) THE SPIRIT LAB (THE MAN FROM M.S.D.) - 2 pages (COL). Script and pencils by Will Eisner; inks by Eisner and Chuck Kramer; lettering and colours by American Visuals staff. Published in HARVEY SPIRIT No. 2 (March 1967)

(E) THE CRIMINAL - 1 page (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. Published in KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND SPIRIT No. 1 (January 1973)

(F) [SPIRIT INTERVIEW] - 1 page (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. Published in KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND SPIRIT No. 1 (January 1973)

(G) [EBONY INTERVIEW] - 1 page (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. Published in KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND SPIRIT No. 1 (January 1973)

(H) THE LAST STRAW - 1 page (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. Published in KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND SPIRIT No. 1 (January 1973)

(I) [THE CAPISTRANO JEWELS] - 4 pages (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. [Note: Although this was advertised as having been written in 1950 and finally completed in 1973, that is untrue. Actually, this story was layed out and drawn on the back of the bristo board sheets which had been used in 1952 for the original and unpublished version of Section 643, but that is the closest it ever came to the 1950s.] Published in KITCHEN SINK UNDERGROUND SPIRIT No. 2 (September 1973)

(J) THE SPIRIT RETURNS - 5 pages (B&W). Script and pencils by Will Eisner; inks by Eisner and Chuck Kramer; lettering by American Visuals staff. [Note: This story is impossible to reconcile with the regular SPIRIT continuity. The problem is not that Ebony and Dolan are seen to have aged while Ellen and The Spirit have not, but that Ellen, once mayor of the New York City clone, Central City, is now just a simple secretary in Manhattan ("When I finally gave up hoping you'd marry me I resigned myself to spinsterhood and took a city government job") and no mention is made of how Denny Colt's graveyard (and grave) has entered a continuum where New York has replaced Central City.] Published in NEW YORK [The Sunday HERALD TRIBUNE Magazine] (January 9, 1966).

(K) THE INVADER - 5 pages (COL), plus 1 page (B&W). [Note: This is an oversized full colour item printed on heavy paper stock. The last page contains reproductions of Eisner's pencil sketches for the major characters and an account of how the story came to be produced as an outgrowth of a demonstration lecture in cartooning Eisner gave at Sheridan College, Oakville, Ontario.] Published by TABLOID PRESS (1973). The 5 page colour story was reprinted in the WILL EISNER COLOR TREASURY (1981).

(L) THE SPIRIT CASEBOOK OF TRUE HAUNTED HOUSES AND GHOSTS - (B&W). Script and art by Will Eisner. Not a conventional SPIRIT story in that The Spirit acts as a host for "true" accounts of hauntings and ghosts. The book was published twice, one with a EC-style cover showing a woman who has had her hands cut off, the other a more conventional cover. (1976)

(M) THE SPIRIT JAM - 36 pages (B&W). With many readers of the KITCHEN SINK SPIRIT Magazine asking for a new tale of The Spirit - in November 1980 publisher Denis Kitchen sent out a letter to just over a dozen comics artists and writers asking for contributions on what was meant to be a ten page story. Several months later, and with contributions from 50 comics professionals, the tale appeared in #30 of the magazine. The tale involves The Spirit searching for the Iger Diamond and meeting up with many of his old villains and friends. First printed in July, 1981. Reprinted in THE SPIRIT JAM (1998).

(N) CEREBUS VS. THE SPIRIT - 4 pages (B&W). Script, laid out and lettered by Dave Sim, who also pencilled the first page and pencilled and inked the Cerebus figures; Gerhard inked and lettered the splash page, and did most of the backgrounds to the other pages; Will Eisner pencilled and inked Dolan and The Spirit, as well as a few elements of the backgrounds. A tale involving when the aardvark visited Central City and was arrested for breaking the peace! Printed in the CEREBUS JAM#1 (April 1984). Reprinted in THE SPIRIT JAM (1998).

(NA) THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES

In March 1998, Kitchen Sink embarked upon publishing new adventures of The Spirit - as Eisner no longer wanted to produce further adventures of the character himself, the series was handled by various comics industry professionals. Most of the issues in the series published three, 8 page stories (unless otherwise noted), and most were set in the period of the original sections (1940 - 1952). Edited by Catherine Garnier, the series lasted for eight issues before Kitchen Sink ceased operations as a publisher.

Each listing for the series below uses the code NA (for New Adventures), followed by the issue number, followed by an alphabetical code for the story in that issue (ie NA1A would be the first story in the first issue)

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#1 - All stories in this issue were by the team of: Writer: Alan Moore; Art and lettering: Dave Gibbons; Colour: Angus McKie. All of the three stories presented in this issue were originally meant to appear over three issues of the OVERSTREET FAN MAGAZINE, but that title was cancelled before the stories appeared. All three stories relate to the origin of THE SPIRIT

NA1A - THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN

NA1B - FORCE OF ARMS

NA1C - GOSSIP AND GERTRUDE GRANCH

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#2 - Cover by Will Eisner and Mark Schultz [Note: The contents of this issue were originally intended for issue 1 before the OVERSTREET FAN MAGAZINE was cancelled (see Note to THE NEW ADVENTURES#1, above)]

NA2A - THE RETURN OF MINK STOLE (10 pages) - Story by Neil Gaiman; Art by Eddie Campbell; Colour by Steve Oliff; Seperations by Tracey Anderson; Lettering by Tracey H. Munsey & Chris Shadoian. [Note: This story is unusual in this series as it seems to be set in the present day (one of the characters uses a portable computer, and contemporary clothing and language is used)]. It tells of a screenwriter who comes across The Spirit chasing Mink Stole whilst he is trying to plot his new movie.

NA2B - SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH ST. GEORGE (10 pages) - Story by Jim Vance; Art and Lettering by Dan Burr; Colour by Ray Fehrenbach; Seperations by Chris Shadoian. A tale of The Spirit trying to relax for a day in the park...

NA2C - SPINX THE JINX IN THE GAME OF LIFE (9 pages) - Story by John Wagner; Art and Colour by Carlos Ezquerra; Seperations by Tracey Anderson; Lettering by Tracey H. Munsey. The story of Lenny Spinx, also know as "Spinx the Jinx", and how he tries to break his nickname when he leaves prison...

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#3 - Cover by Brian Bolland; Colour by Chris Shadoian. Back cover by Moebius.

NA3A - LAST NIGHT I DREAMED OF DR COBRA (10 pages) - Story by Alan Moore; Art and Colour by Daniel Torres; Seperations by Chris Shadoian; Lettering by Tracey H. Munsey. Set in the far future, it tells of an exhibit on The Spirit which is visited by someone very familiar... [Note: This story relates to the fact that in some of the early sections it was implied that The Spirit was either now immortal or had an extended lifespan]

NA3B - ELLEN'S STALKER (13 pages) - Story by Mark Kneece; Art and Colour by Bo Hampton; Separations by Ashley Underwood; Lettering by Tracey H. Munsey. Whenever Ellen is in trouble she is saved by a man in a blue suit and hat - however, it is not The Spirit...

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#4 - Cover by Will Eisner and William Stout

NA4A - THE SAMOVAR OF SHOOSHNIPOOR (8 pages) - Story by Kurt Busiek; Pencils by Brent Anderson; Inks by Will Blyberg; Colour by Alex Sinclair; Lettering by John Roshell. Sand Saref is back, and this time she wants to go straight... or does she?

NA4B - THE WEAPON (7 pages) - Story and Art by Michael Allred, Matt Brundage and Michael Avon-Oeming; Colour by Laura Allred. The Spirit is attacked by a robot with a human brain in the hands of the Nazis.

NA4C - DR. BROCA VON BITELBAUM (6 pages) - Story by Mark Schultz; Art and Colour by David Lloyd; Seperations by Tracey Anderson; Lettering by Dan Burr. The Spirit tracks down a scientist who has created some super beetles.

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#5 - Cover by Paul Chadwick

NA5 - CURSED BEAUTY 9 (26 pages) - Story and Pencils by Paul Chadwick; Inks by John Nyberg; Colour by Angus McKie; Lettering by Bill Spicer. A tale of an unusual murder that The Spirit and Ebony have to solve...

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#6 - Cover by Tim Bradstreet

NA6A - SWAMI VASHTIBUBU (10 pages) - Story by John Ostrander; Art by Tom Mandrake; Colour by Alex Sinclair; Lettering by Dave Lanphear. The Spirit tries to break up a scam involving the Swami Vashtibubu.

NA6B - BABY EICHBERG (15 pages) - Story by Scott Hampton and Mark Kneece; Art by Scott Hampton; Lettering by Tracey H. Munsey. The Spirit investigates the kidnapping of the baby belonging to the wealthy Eichberg's...

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#7 - Cover by Peter Poplaski [Note: Although this issue is dated October 1998 and the cover and one of the stories has a Halloween theme, the issue itself did not appear until December].

NA7A - GOLF ANYONE? (11 pages) - Story by Dennis P. Eichhorn; Art and Colour by Gene Fama; Letters by Rick Altergott. The Spirit and Commissioner take a round of golf whilst The Octopus is on the loose...

NA7B - THE PACIFIST (7 pages) - Story by Eddie Campbell and Marcus Moore; Art by Eddie Campbell and Pete Mullins; Colour by Pete Mullins and Mick Evans. The story of the .38 Makepeace, and how it saved The Spirit...

NA7C - THE GHOST OF TIGER TRAPS (6 pages) - Story by Jay Stephens; Art by Paul Pope; Letters by Dave Lanphear; Colour by Chris Shadoian. A Halloween tale involving three children dressed as The Spirit...

THE SPIRIT: THE NEW ADVENTURES#8 - Cover by Mark Nelson

NA8 - SWEETHEART (22 pages) - Story by Joe R. Lansdale; Art by John Lucas; Colour by Lee Loughridge; Letters by Dave Lanphear. The Spirit investigates the case of a hanged woman... who comes back to life! [Note: This is the last issue of the series, although there is an advertisement for a ninth issue. Although work had certainly been finished on at least two of the stories for that issue (a tale by Gary Chaloner called "The Black Opal", as well as a tale written by Peter Hogan and drawn by Ted Slampyak called "To Silken, From Santa". Work on a script by Mike Baron called "Art for Art's Sake " had also been completed for a future issue), the publisher ceased operations on all publications at the end of 1998.]


THE SPIRIT FILMS & TELEVISION

1948 - Produced by Alan R. Cartoun Associates for a local Chicago television station, this short lived series showed panels from the sections on screen which were then voiced by actors.

1987 - A television movie, starring Sam Jones as The Spirit. The Wildwood Cemetery site has a lot of information on this film.

1989 - An adaptation of the Spirit Section "10 Minutes" was produced by Edgewood Motion Picture and VideoProductions.


THE SPIRIT ON THE RADIO

There is a listing for a Spirit radio series, written by Enid Hager in Jeff Rovin's "Encyclopedia of Superheroes", but no where else can I find any other information about this possible series. If anyone has any information, please contact me.


EV'RY LITTLE BUG PICTURE DISC

In 1987, John Christensen released a 33 1/3 RPM picture disc containing several versions of the tune, along with some sound clips of the 1948 television series (see THE SPIRIT FILMS AND TELEVISION, above)


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