Comics Alternative, Episode 229: Will Eisner Week 2017 – Uses of The Spirit since 2005

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Capturing the Spirit of The Spirit

Every year for Will Eisner Week, always the first seven days in March, the Two Guys with PhDs like to do something special and Eisner-related for the podcast. This year is no different, and for the current episode Andy and Derek have decided to discuss the many uses of The Spirit since Will Eisner’s passing on January 3, 2005. And there are a lot more manifestations of The Spirit than you might think. The guys compare and contrast the various uses of this seminal crimefighter, highlighting those examples that attempt to capture the original tone of The Spirit, that deviate from the original in curious ways, and that cross over into other narrative worlds. The many titles and creators they discuss include:

  • the one-shot Batman/The Spirit, by Joef Loeb and Darwyn Cooke in 2007 (DC Comics)
  • the 32-issue run of The Spirit between 2007 and 2009, by Darwyn Cooke, Sergio Aragones, Mark Evanier, and many others (DC Comics)
  • Brian Azzarello and Rags Morales’s 6-issue miniseries First Wave, published between 2010 and 2011 (DC Comics)
  • the concurrent-running The Spirit: First Wave series by Mark Schultz, David Hine, and others, going for 17 issues from 2010-2011 (DC Comics)
  • Mark Waid’s 4-issue miniseries Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction, illustrated by various artists and released in 2013 (IDW Publishing)
  • Will Eisner’s The Spirit by Matt Wagner and Dan Schkade, running for 12 issues between 2015 and 2016 (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • the recent first issue of Francesco Francavilla’s Will Eisner’s The Spirit: The Corpse-Makers (Dynamite Entertainment)
  • and Joe Staton and Mike Curtis’s current Dick Tracy strip and its team-up with The Spirit (Tribune Company).

There is a lot packed into this episode — you’ll hear plenty about Ebony White, Commissioner and Ellen Dolan, Silk Satin, Mister Carrion, Sand Serif, The Octopus, and, of course, P’Gell — but, thankfully, almost no mention of the disastrous 2008 film. It’s all about the comics.

Check out the various The Spirit titles discussed in this special episode:

 

Wayne’s Comics Podcast #210 With Mike Marts From AfterShock Comics

Wayne Hall, Wayne’s Comics, AfterShock Comics, Mike Marts, Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Replica,  Strayer, InSEXts, American Monster, Dreaming Eagles, SuperZero, Second Sight, Brian Azzarello, Garth Ennis, Amanda Conner, Marguerite Bennett, Paul Jenkins, David Hine, Alberto Ponticelli, Justin Jordan, Jimmy Palmiotti

Have you discovered AfterShock Comics yet? I think this new comics company will send shockwaves through the industry as they make some of the best comics on the stands today!

During Episode 210, the first of 2016, I talk with Mike Marts, AfterShock’s Editor in Chief who gets us all caught up on how the company came to be, what books they have available and what is coming in the months ahead! You probably recognize Mike’s name from his stints in charge of Batman, Guardians of the Galaxy and other famous franchises. He’s overseeing great new titles, including Replica, InSEXts, SuperZero, Dreaming Eagles, American Monster, Strayer and Second Sight, bringing a lot of high-quality storytelling to your local comics shop! You can find out more about this groundbreaking company at their website at this link!  He’s got a lot to say about the industry as well, so I’m sure you’re going to want to hear what he has to say!