Dynamite Acquires Will Eisner's "The Spirit"

Legendary writer and artist Will Eisner's most famous creation has a new home at Dynamite Entertainment, who has announced plans to publish new material based on "The Spirit." No further details -- such as a time frame or creative team -- have been revealed at this time.

"Bringing 'The Spirit' to Dynamite is a dream come true," Dynamite Entertainment publisher and CEO Nick Barrucci said in a statement. "Actually, that's not a strong enough sentiment. It's a lifelong dream come true."

Dynamite has had a heavy bent towards pulp-era characters in recent years -- publishing new stories starring Flash Gordon, The Green Hornet, The Phantom, The Shadow, The Lone Ranger, Zorro and more -- with The Spirit likely the most revered of that group.

"We're hoping to see Dynamite's new comics of The Spirit surpass the circulation of the Will Eisner's original series," said the Eisner's estate Nancy and Carl Gropper in a joint statement.

The Spirit first debuted in 1940 as part of a newspaper supplement, running in that format for 12 years. The character was most recently seen in comic books as part of DC Comics' "First Wave" imprint, in a series that ran from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that, writer and artist Darwyn Cooke helmed a DC series starring the character in 2006. In 2008, Frank Miller wrote and directed a film version of "The Spirit," which was a critical and financial flop.

This announcement comes just one day before the start of Comic-Con International in San Diego, an event long associated with Will Eisner -- in large part due to the Eisner Awards, named after the creator and held at the show since 1988. Eisner passed away in January 2005 at age 87.

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