Spirit: Femmes Fatales

Overview

Created by comics legend Will Eisner, the blue-suited crimefighter known as The Spirit starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers, and Eisner’s groundbreaking style utilized the comics format to its greatest strengths.

With Frank Miller's movie version of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT set to hit theatres in December, DC Comics collects some of the most memorable stories pitting The Spirit against his most sultry opponents! Featuring 23 selected tales of ...

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Overview

Created by comics legend Will Eisner, the blue-suited crimefighter known as The Spirit starred in hundreds of newspaper adventure stories that thrilled readers, and Eisner’s groundbreaking style utilized the comics format to its greatest strengths.

With Frank Miller's movie version of Will Eisner's THE SPIRIT set to hit theatres in December, DC Comics collects some of the most memorable stories pitting The Spirit against his most sultry opponents! Featuring 23 selected tales of mystery originally published between 1940 and 1949, these stories star P'Gell, Sand Saref, Saree, Silk Satin, Thorne Strand, Autumn Mews and many others.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Vampy dames lit up the comics of yesteryear-we recall Terry and the Pirates' Dragon Lady from the 1930s. In that pre-Princess Leia era, many feisty femmes were evil or at least "grey" characters while the hero's girl appeared as a sweet but boring lass always in need of rescuing. Here, we meet the curvaceous and underhanded Silk Satin and P'Gell, among many others, dropping in to distract-they wish!-the Spirit from his faithful crush, increasingly gutsy good-girl Ellen. (Since Ellen is not a "femme fatale," the stories relating to her running for mayor are unfortunately omitted, as are the Sand Seref episodes.) All of these 1940s tales incorporate Eisner's trademark style of lighthearted noir with plenty of action, plot twists, and distinctive personalities. The well-regarded collection The Best of the Spirit(LJ3/15/06) includes five of these stories already, but that leaves 18 more romps with lethal lovelies. Buy if your clientele is mad for the Spirit, especially in the wake of the recent film. Certainly consider the new Spirit series (LJ11/15/07), updated variations on the characters and setting, and an homage indeed to the spirit of creator Will Eisner. Teens and up.
—Martha Cornog

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781401219734
  • Publisher: DC Comics
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,135,411
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Will Eisner’s career spanned the entire history of comic books, from his formative days in the 1930s through the 1940s, when he revolutionized narrative sequential art with his internationally famed weekly newspaper supplement series THE SPIRIT, to the 1970s, when he created the contemporary graphic novel form. In addition to his award-winning graphic novels, he is also the author of the influential study Comics and Sequential Art. Eisner passed away on January 3, 2005 at the age of 87.
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