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Will Eisner's The Spirit returns in this limited trading card set of the classic comic, only available through this Kickstarter.
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UPDATE: This set has grown to a full 50 cards and comes in a special tuck  box! Now, there are amazing upgrades to be had... 

 After criminologist Denny Colt is apparently killed at the hands of a madman, he wakes from what turned out to be a death-like sleep to become the crimefighting Spirit! Donning a mask with his suit and hat, The Spirit takes on spies, femme fatales, criminals and--did we mention?--more femme fatales!

Will Eisner's classic The Spirit is back in The Spirit Action Adventure Mystery trading card set!

This campaign starts at 33 cards and, once stretch goals are met, will end at 50 cards, all detailing the characters, adventure, and art of this classic and inimitable comic that ran from 1940 to 1952.

The Spirit was unique in that it was printed as an insert (packaged by Eisner and with help from his stable of creative talent) included in Sunday comic sections. The 7-page Spirit stories began as pulp adventure but, after Eisner returned from wartime service in 1945, became highly experimental and humanistic stories.

In short: The Spirit was a masterpiece, and I'm beyond honored to make this set on the heels of both Madman Comin' Atcha 3D, Madman 25!, and Incredible Change-Bots trading cards. 

Much of the art comes from hi-res scans or photostats and is being exclusively recolored for this set.

Production images with preliminary colors
Production images with preliminary colors

They're all here: The Spirit, Commissioner Dolan, Ellen Dolan, P'Gell, Sand Saref, Mister Carrion, The Octopus, and more in the character cards. 

 The Spirit Section story cards spotlight pivotal Spirit stories such as his origin, Gerhard Schnobble, Sand Saref/Bring in Sand Saref, School for Girls, Visitor, Ten Minutes, and The Killer. 

Mise en scene cards focus on some of the more experimental and effective title and splash pages created by Will Eisner for the strip. Once we break through enough stretch goal, the set also adds bonus cards that look at some of The Spirit's best covers, as well as images of original Eisner art.

 The Metal level also features 5 images from The Spirit's pre-war days, and is limited to a print run of 50.    

I'm super-excited to bring these to life, but am only making them available through this Kickstarter. So, if you're going to get these, this will be your only opportunity. After that, they're going back to Wildwood Cemetery...   

Photos courtesy The Will Eisner estate and Denis Kitchen
Photos courtesy The Will Eisner estate and Denis Kitchen

Will Eisner (1917-2005) was there in the early days of the comic book industry as an artist, and then as co-owner of Eisner and Iger, a packager of original comic book stories for a variety of publishers, such as Fox, Fiction House, and Quality. 

In 1940, Eisner created The Spirit, which started out as a pulp-inspired crimefighter but, especially after Eisner's 1945 return from wartime service, evolved into an experimental comic series about the human condition. The Spirit ran until 1952, at which point Eisner pursued creating comics for educational purposes, particularly with PS Magazine.

In 1978, Will Eisner created what is considered the first modern graphic novel for A Contract with God,  about life in the tenement. It was the first of many works by Eisner. He also taught cartooning for two decades at the New York School of Visual Art.

Eisner's legacy lives on through his work, its influence, and the annual Eisner Awards at the San Diego Comic Con. Learn more at www.willeisner.com.

A huge thanks go to Carl and Nancy Gropper of the Will Eisner Estate, as well as Denis Kitchen, for making this happen! Also, thanks go to India Mayes, Marcie Klinger, and Erin Vest for their coloring assistance.

All images displayed are copyright (c) Will Eisner Studios, Inc. THE SPIRIT and WILL EISNER are trademarks owned by Will Eisner Studios, Inc.. and are registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark office.

Risks and challenges

This entire set is written and designed already! However, since so many images need coloring exclusively for this set, I will do my best to get that level of production accomplished during the campaign's run.

Any other issues, such as production snags from a vendor, or learning The Octopus hijacked the truck carrying the cards, will be addressed in an update.

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    The Spirit/Madman Team-Up!

    The Spirit Action Adventure Mystery cards PLUS the limited waxpack of Michael Allred's Madman 25!

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