By Francesco Francavilla
Last week DC commenced their celebration of Jack Kirby’s Centennial by launching a new Kamandi series featuring a star-studded rooster of talent. This week Dynamite shifts the focus to Will Eisner, who like The King of Comics, would have turned 100 this year. Both Kirby and Eisner were profoundly talented writer/artists who left an indelible mark on the medium. In Eisner’s case, his signature creation was a masked crime fighter, The Spirit. Dynamite debuted the latest Spirit tale today, The Corpse-Makers. Based on its initial installment, the series promises to be a fitting tribute to Eisner.
Artist Francesco Francavilla of Afterlife With Archie, The Black Mirror, Moon Knight and The Black Beetle will be writing and drawing a four issue The Spirit miniseries for Dynamite Comics. More details at CBR
I forget what first drew me to the Spirit as a character. I must have read about him somewhere or heard about the movie. But I do remember picking up the Darwyn Cooke’s run along with The Best of the Spirit, a collection of Eisner’s best tales. Those three volumes reeled me in to the world of the Spirit. And, when it comes to post Eisner Spirit, nothing compares to Darwyn Cooke.
Cooke’s The Spirit, is wonderfully anachronistic. He knew exactly what needed to be kept in the tradition of Will Eisner and what needed an update. It’s set in the modern era, yet maintains a noirish aesthetic, creating a work that’s both stylish and fun. Continue reading Darwyn Cooke’s The Spirit
On Saturday comics creator Darwyn Cooke passed away from cancer at the age of 53. While we extend our condolences to Cooke’s family & loved ones, we also recall his creative legacy. His vibrant, expressive style will be fondly remembered by fans for many years to come.
Thanks for all the stellar art. Rest In Peace.