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Hi folks!

Time for a good old-fashioned crossover! And by old-fashioned, I mean a story set in 1941.

Gotta love that title. Since DC isn't doing anything with the Spirit right now, it's nice they lent him to IDW for this, and the Rocketeer is a fun character too.

The Case of the Cross-Country Corpse! )

By the by, I am running a book giveaway at my blog, SKJAM! Reviews, and you could win one of seven books! Help me get my book review blog noticed!

Your thoughts and comments?
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Okay, just finished reading the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay... it was a beautiful book. just simply beautiful... i didn't want it to end... (seriously, i stopped reading it for a while because of that...) i want more. i want more escapist stories... but what i really want to know is what happened to Sammy!

it truly was a beautiful story, and truly a love story to comic books and thier creators....
my heart breaks for sammy...i truly connected with him...

oh yeah for legality, Will Eisner Draws the Spirt and the Escapist!  )
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When the Spirit saves a young comic book artist named Alabaster Cream from a pair of thugs, it's only the beginning of a night he'll never forget.

Four pages from The Spirit #14 )
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so, yeah, remember The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay?

well, in 2004, Michael Chabon (credited, amusingly, as House Manager) and Dark Horse Comics did an anthology comic about the hero those two created: the Escapist, who started life as your standard wastrel playboy and was guided into becoming a master of escape by a League who fought things oppressive and chaining.

Such enemies as Captiva, Wotan the Wicked, the Saboteur who plagued Empire City, and most deadly of all the Iron Chain, a society whose crimes were always patterned after binding and imposing. He had allies, though.

(And yes, all those creators did indeed do work for this.. it is an anthology. I forget who did what, but atleast one should be obvious.)

To keep the metanarrative thing going, the stories tended to vary in style, framed as excerpts from different moments in the character's storied history...  )
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Whew. Talk about a formidable organization to battle, HYDRA and SPECTRE have nothing on the Treasury Department.

First, this amusing page from the Warren black & white reprint series. From THE SPIRIT# 4, October 1974, Will Eisner interviews Commissioner Dolan with results that leave them both fuming. The Spirit's origin of course has him seemingly killed by a Mad Science serum that actually only put him in suspended animation. (I've sometimes wondered if the effects of this serum explain how the Spirit can bounce back so cheerfully from the dozens of beating and gunshots he survives over the following decade.) It's melodramatic enough, the idea that Denny Colt revives later and digs his way out of his coffin. But, as Eisner hints, there are problems with it. For one thing, a death like that would require an autopsy (which would REALLY make it difficult for Colt to wake up later). Even without an autopsy being peformed, just having his blood replaced by embalming fluid would be inconvenient.

creator: will eisner, char: the spirit
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Every now and then, I'd like to do a little gallery of splash pages from THE SPIRIT. The strip appeared as an insert in syndicated newspapers (and as such, the Spirit had an astonishing circulation; many thousands who never picked up a comic book read THE SPIRIT every week). This impromptu selection leaves out several of the types of stories Will Eisner did so well. There were his satires on advertising and consumerism and current fads; there were his whimsical fantasy or science-fiction romps, his tough gangster sagas and locked-room mysteries; the little misadventures that Ebony or Sammy went off on their own; and so many that are hard to classify. You just never knew what you would find when you opened your Sunday paper.

It flummoxes me how heartbreakingly good Sunday comics used to be. From the 1930s to around 1960, you might pick up a paper that had THE SPIRIT, POPEYE, PRINCE VALIANT, TERRY AND THE PIRATES, POGO, MANDRAKE THE MAGICIAN, GASOLINE ALLEY, KRAZY KAT... Then the size of the pages started to shrink faster and faster, the quality of the printing and coloring dropped, the era of high adventure and screwball humor faded away.

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Eight Three pages from The Spirit Archives Volume 4, which is hundreds of pages long.

"A Dull Week" doesn't contain fun guest stars like Silk Satin or Sand Saref, but it does show Eisner's firm grasp on the form. All the storytelling elements he loved to play with are in fine form here, showing the comedic possibilities of the ensemble cast.

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So we all know Samuel L. Jackson's Octopus was pretty gonzo. But he was not the lamest villain the Spirit's ever fought. Cooter was. In fact, Cooter might be the lamest villain ever to appear in any comic book. I guess not even Eisner can knock them all out of the park. So who was Cooter?

Warning: The racist caricatures of Ebony White and his supporting cast figure prominently into this story.

But it's---it's not a rock! )


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