Announced today, the all-new, ongoing series is slated to debut in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego as part of the character’s 75th Anniversary celebration. The series is the first project to be undertaken as part of a previously announced partnership between Dynamite and the Will Eisner Estate.
While no artist has been announced for the series, the first issue will feature cover art by Wagner, Alex Ross and Eric Powell.
“I discovered ‘The Spirit’ via the black-and-white, magazine-sized reprints of the mid-70s,” Wagner said via press release. “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. 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.”
“We are very excited that Dynamite has taken on the challenge of bringing back Will Eisner’s iconic character The Spirit, along with the emblematic cast of characters featured in new stories and adventures,” Nancy and Carl Grooper said in a joint statement on behalf of the Eisner Estate. “It’s a huge challenge, given the 75 years of great storytelling and artwork by the grandmaster and a pantheon of award-winning creators. We believe that Dynamite is up to this challenge and are looking forward to seeing this year’s issues written by Matt Wagner.”