Dynamite has gotten the rights to publish all-new adventures featuring Will Eisner’s legendary crime fighter Denny Colt, The Spirit. And the series will be written by the award-winning comic creator Matt Wagner. The new series will celebrate seventy-five years of The Spirit, and its #1 launch issue will feature cover artwork by Alex Ross, Eric Powell, and Wagner himself.
Originally published June 2nd, 1940 in the Sunday supplement of 20 different newspapers, The Spirit has long been held a a pinnacle of the comic industry for the creative ingenuity of Eisner. His amazing artistic skill and groundbreaking storytelling techniques helped pave the way for modern comic books. His career spanned over seventy years, and he is largely considered as the inventor of the “graphic novel.”
“I discovered The Spirit via the black-and-white, magazine-sized reprints of the mid-70s. It was the first time that I truly perceived sequential narrative as a legitimate art form, of the immense creative power of a comic-artist in his prime,” says Wagner. “I can honestly say that seeing and experiencing The Spirit in my formative years ultimately led to my career as a comics author. It’s such an immense thrill and a professional honor to have the chance to contribute to Will Eisner’s legacy on the milestone 75th anniversary of his most influential and iconic character.”
Matt Wagner is the creator of Grendel and Mage, and no stranger to pulp noir, courtesy of his work on such as The Shadow: Year One, Green Hornet: Year One, and Zorro.
Will Eisner’s The Spirit is set to hit store shelves later beginning in July.