rating: 5 of 5 stars
Great stuff from a master in the medium. Visually inventive and ahead of its time. I disagree with other reviewers comments it’s completely misogynistic. The Spirit gets beat up a lot and several of the most clever and independent characters are women. One of the few ‘negative lights’ you see them portrayed in that most of them are “bad guys.”
The stories are fun and the character’s genesis is fairly unique, although I think I know where the name Cobra, for the evil forces from G.I. Joe, may have come from now.
The collection does span the entire run but rightfully skips out on the years ghost writers took over while Will Eisner was in WWII. If, like me, you become interested in more after getting a taste, note that the DC Archives hardcover reprint editions include even those years when Eisner wasn’t involved, so you can skip volumes 3-11. That’s a big help when there’s like 28 volumes. :)