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Although all the copyright to The Spirit belongs to Will Eisner, that was not always the case...

As Eisner reveals in his interview with Tom Heintjes for The Spirit - The Origin Years #3:

"... I agreed let (Everett) Arnold copyright it in his name rather than mine, but with the stipulation my ownership was acknowledged in the contract, and that at any time the partnership terminated, all rights to The Spirit would revert to me."

Everett "Busy" Arnold was the publisher of Quality Comics, hence the reprints of Spirit sections in Police Comics. When The Spirit series came to an end in 1952, Arnold sold the rights to Eisner for the token sum of $1000.

Arnold's main concern for owning the copyright was due to the fact that World War II was looming: Arnold feared that if Eisner had the copyright if he were drafted and perhaps even killed whilst the series took off the publisher would be forced to cancel the series! However, Arnold also took the precaution of having another, very similar character created which he firmly retained the copyright to, Midnight.


All images used on the pages are for the purposes of review only, and are in no way intended to infringe upon the owner's copyright.

"The Spirit" and all related characters and images are © 1998 Will Eisner.

The name "The Spirit" is registered by the U.S. Patent Office, Marca Registrada, Marque Deposee.

"Cerebus the Aardvark" and all related references are © 1999 Dave Sim.

"Greyshirt", "Tomorrow Stories" and "America's Best Comics" are © 2000 America's Best Comics LLC.

Kitchen Sink Press is an imprint of Disappearing Inc. ™ Kitchen Sink Press and the Kitchen Sink Comix logo are trademarks of Disappearing Inc.

"Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide" and all related references are © 1999 Gemstone Publishing, Inc.

"Plastic Man", "National Comics", "Blackhawk", "Midnight", "Smash Comics" and "Uncle Sam" are © 1998 DC Comics, Inc.

"The Spook", "Big Bang Comics" and "Knight Watchman" are © 2000 Gary S. Carlson and Chris Ecker

"The Spirit CD-ROM" format is © 1995 Byron Preiss Multimedia Company, Inc

"The Sprite" and related characters is © 2000 Brian Buniak

"Vampirella" and all related characters are © 1999 James Warren

"Weird Science" is © 1998 William M. Gaines Estate.

"The Wiffenpoof Song" © 1998 Miller Music Co., New York

"Wonder Man" & "Wonder Comics" is © 1999 Fox Features Syndicate.

"The Wraith" and all related characters © 1999 Michael T. Gilbert

The Titan Books logo is © 1998 Titan Books.

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