The Spirit - 1940-1952

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The Spirit by Will Eisner  (1330-) 1st Appearance June 2nd 1940, 1st Daily October 13, 1941 - The Spirit was the ultimate breakthrough is cartoon storytelling.  The Spirit was presented as a full-story insert in the newspaper sections of the 40's.  Will Eisner, the Spirit's creator,  used the freedom of space to let his imagination run free.   The result was a comic strip that went beyond the traditional comic panel and broke new ground in storyboards, lettering and content.  Centered around a hard-boiled masked detective named Denny Colt, the Spirit was much more than a detective series.    Eisner used his storytelling to explore the boundaries of whimsy, science and parapsychology.   Each week's offering was an exploration into an new aspect of the human condition.   The genious of Eisner was that he could entertain so successfully while weaving his allegories.  Eisner wrote the Spirit throughout the run of the strip with an interlude for his war committment 1943-45.  A roster of cartooning all-stars contributed to the Spirit's success which included names like Jules Feiffer, Lou Fine, Jack Cole and Wally Wood.    The strip would die in the 1950's due to the economics surrounding the ambitious insert format, but that death was never complete.  Like the main character, the strip would resurrect in comic-book and magazine format a number of times.  To this day, collectors are lucky enough to be able to find anthologies of the Spirit's adventures on comics shop shelves.  The market for The Spirit is very good.  All versions sell well, although collectors will favor the episodes that were actually drawn by Eisner.  Dailies sell as fast as sunday even at high premium.
Newspaper Comics Links ---> The Spirit - Sundays The Spirit - Dailies  
A note about the following Spirit Selections:  The Spirit was published  in Newspapers of the 1940's and 50's in a number of formats.  The most common is comic-book size (CB) pre-trimmed and folded.   This format usually included side-strips like Mr. Mystic & Lady Luck.  Other formats included Tabloid-size (T) pre-trimmed and folded (Rarest and the most desirable), and untrimmed on fulls (2F).   The untrimmed fulls (2F) would contain 8 comic story pages arranged on 2 full-size newspaper comic pages.    Depending on Orientation, they may or may not be able to be folded and trimmed into comic book size.  Sometimes the reverse would not contain Mr. Mystic or the other normal side-strips.   Unless noted, the 2F size listed below cannot be folded into comic size.   Note that "CB" format sections are graded by Comic Book standards.   All other formats are graded by newspaper standards.

Sunday Comics

Item # Date-#-size* Condition* Price Notes
S1330-0005 1940/09/22 - CB VG $50.00 #17 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0011 1940/11/17 - CB VG $45.00 #25 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0013 1940/12/15 - CB VG $32.00 #29 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0014 1940/12/29 - CB P $3.00 #31 missing centerfold otherwise VG, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0015 1941/01/19 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0016 1941/01/26 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0017 1941/02/09 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0018 1941/02/23 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0020 1941/03/09 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0021 1941/03/09 - 2F G/G/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, on reverse Mary Worth(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H), Chief Wahoo(H w/ logo),  Ralston ad(Q)
S1330-0022 1941/03/16 - 2F VG/VG/VG $60.00 1st Silk Satin, Page 2 TPL, on reverse Mary Worth(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H), Chief Wahoo(H), Private Lives(H)
S1330-0024 1941/03/23 - 2F VG/VG/VG $30.00 Page 2 TPL, on reverse Don Winslow(H w/logo), Dr. Pepper ad(Q), Chief Wahoo(H), Postum ad(H)
S1330-0025 1941/03/30 - 2F G/G/VG $25.00 Page 1 TPR, on reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H), Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0026 1941/04/06 - 2F VG/VG/VG $30.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL on reverse Jane Arden(H), Super Suds ad(H), Chief Wahoo(H w/logo), Dumb Dora Ralston ad(Tom Mix Comics Cameo)(H)
S1330-0027 1941/04/13 - 2F VG/VG/VG $30.00 Page 2 TPL on reverse Capt. Easy(H), Out our Way(H), Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H)
S1330-0029 1941/04/27 - 2F VG/VG/VG $30.00 Page 2 TPL on reverse Capt. Easy(H), Out our Way(H), Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H)
S1330-0030 1941/05/04 - 2F VG/VG/VG $30.00 Page 2 TPL on reverse Out our Way(H), Dr. Pepper ad(Q), Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H)
S1330-0031 1941/05/11 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0032 1941/05/11 - 2F G/FR/VG $15.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL on reverse Out our Way(H), Dumb Dora Ralston ad(Q), Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H)
S1330-0033 1941/05/18 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0037 1941/06/15 - CB VG $35.00 1st Appearance Twilight, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0038 1941/06/22 - CB P $3.00 Hitler Appearance, Missing Centerfold  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0041 1941/07/13 - 2F G-VG/G/VG $30.00 On reverse Flash Gordon(F), Donald Duck(H), Henry(H)
S1330-0044 1941/07/27 - CB G-VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0045 1941/08/03 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0046 1941/08/03 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Moon Mullins(H), Dr. Pepper ad(Q)
S1330-0048 1941/08/24 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0049 1941/08/24 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Captain Easy(H), Out our Way(H)
S1330-0050 1941/08/31 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0051 1941/08/31 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Joe Palooka(H), Pepsi and Pete ad(Q)
S1330-0052 1941/09/14 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Out our Way(H), Quaker Oats 'Dive Bomber' ad(TH)
S1330-0054 1941/09/21 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Captain Easy(H), Out our Way(H)
S1330-0055 1941/10/05 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Jane Arden(H), Camel Ad(H), Pepsi and Pete ad (Q), Out our Way (H)
S1330-0056 1941/10/12 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0058 1941/10/26 - CB G-VG $35.00 Halloween Spirit,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0059 1941/10/26 - 2F VG/VG/VG $45.00 Halloween Spirit, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0060 1941/11/02 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Jane Arden(H), Camel Ad "Battleships Beware'(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0062 1941/11/09 - 2F G/G/VG $20.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), Pepsi an' Pete ad(Q), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0063 1941/11/16 - CB VG $28.00 Thanksgiving Spirit, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0064 1941/11/16 - 2F VG/VG/VG $35.00 Thanksgiving Spirit, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Jane Arden(H), Camel Ad 'I Torture Tanks'(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0065 1941/11/23 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0066 1941/11/30 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0067 1941/12/07 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0068 1941/12/21 - CB G $14.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0070 1941/12/28 - CB P $3.00 Christmas Spirit,  Missing Centerfold otherwise VG, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0071 1941/12/28   - 2F G/G/VG $50.00 Christmas Spirit, TPL Page2, on reverse Capt Easy (H), Out our Way(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Dixie Dugan(H)
S1330-0072 1942/01/11 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Captain Easy(H), Out our Way(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0073 1942/01/18 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), Dinty Moore ad(Q), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0076 1942/04/19 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 1 TPR, On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0077 1942/04/26 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0079 1942/05/24 - 2F VG/VG/VG $16.00 Page 1 TPR, On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H),  Captain Yank(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0080 1942/05/24 - CB G-VG $15.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0264 1942/05/31 - CB VF $65.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0081 1942/06/28 - CB VG $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0082 1942/09/06 - CB G-VG $15.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0083 1942/09/13 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), Gillette ad(Q),  Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0085 1942/10/04 - 2F VG/VG/VG $16.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0086 1942/11/01 - CB VG $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0087 1942/12/27 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0265 1943/01/03 - CB VG+ $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0266 1943/01/17 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0267 1943/01/24 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0268 1943/01/31 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0090 1943/02/07 - 2F G/G/VG $9.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Private Lives w/Adolf Hitler(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0269 1943/02/14 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0270 1943/02/21 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0094 1943/02/28 - CB VG-FN $20.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0095 1943/02/28 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Captain Yank(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0096 1943/02/28 - CB FR $7.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0097 1943/03/07 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0098 1943/03/07 - CB G-VG $12.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0099 1943/03/14 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0100 1943/03/21 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0101 1943/03/28 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0105 1943/04/25 - CB VG $20.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0107 1943/05/02 - 2F VG/VG/VG $14.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Chief Wahoo(H), Lifebuoy soap ad(H), Out our Way(H), Pepsi an' Pete ad (Q)
S1330-0108 1943/05/02 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0109 1943/05/09 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0110 1943/05/16 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0111 1943/05/16 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Chief Wahoo(H), Mary Worth(H) Private Lives w/George Patton(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0112 1943/05/23 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Chief Wahoo(H), Mary Worth(H) Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0271 1943/05/23 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0113 1943/05/30 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0114 1943/05/30 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Captain Easy(H), Mary Worth(H) Out our Way(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0115 1943/06/13 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0116 1943/06/13 - CB P-FR $4.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0118 1943/07/18 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0119 1943/08/01 - CB G $9.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0120 1943/08/22 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0121 1943/09/19 - CB G $9.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0122 1943/10/03 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0124 1943/10/24 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0125 1943/10/31 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0127 1943/12/05 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0128 1943/12/12 - CB G-VG $13.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0272 1944/02/13 - CB G $10.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0132 1944/03/26 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0133 1944/04/09 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic
S1330-0134 1944/04/23 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0135 1944/05/07 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0136 1944/05/28 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0138 1944/06/18 - CB FN $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0139 1944/06/25 - CB FN $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0140 1944/06/25 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0141 1944/07/02 - CB FN $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0142 1944/07/09 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0143 1944/07/09 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0144 1944/07/16 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0147 1944/08/06 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0149 1944/09/17 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0150 1944/10/01 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0273 1944/10/08 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0151 1944/10/15 - CB FN $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0152 1944/10/15 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0153 1944/10/29 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0154 1944/11/05 - CB G $9.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0158 1944/11/26 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0160 1944/12/03 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0161 1944/12/10 - CB VG $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0163 1944/12/31 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0165 1945/01/07 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0166 1945/01/14 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0168 1945/01/21 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0170 1945/01/28 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0171 1945/02/04 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0172 1945/02/04 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Intellectual Amos
S1330-0173 1945/02/11 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0174 1945/02/18 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0176 1945/02/25 - CB FN-VF $25.00 Giveaway version w/Lady Luck, Intellectual Amos, Jonesy
S1330-0195 1945/06/24 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0200 1945/07/22 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0204 1945/08/12 - CB FR-G $7.00 w/Lady Luck, Flatfoot Burns
S1330-0208 1945/09/02 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0210 1945/09/09 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns
S1330-0211 1945/09/16 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns
S1330-0212 1945/09/30 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns
S1330-0213 1945/10/14 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns
S1330-0216 1945/11/11 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0218 1945/11/25 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0221 1945/12/16 - CB FR $5.00 w/Lady Luck & Flatfoot Burns, Jonesy
S1330-0254 1950/02/19 - T FR-G/FR-G/VG $80.00 Half Dead Mr. Lox, w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0255 1950/02/26 - T G-VG/G-VG/VG $100.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0257 1950/03/19 - T G-VG/G-VG/VG $100.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0259 1950/04/09 - T G-VG/G-VG/VG $100.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0260 1950/06/11 - T G/G/VG $65.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0261 1950/07/02 - T VG/VG/VG $72.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0262 1950/08/13 - T VG/G-VG/VG $100.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.
S1330-0263 1951/06/17 - T FR-G/FR-G/VG $65.00 w/Heigh-De-Ho by Hy High Jr.

Daily Comics Sets

Item Title Date-# Size* Condition* Price Notes
D1330-0001 Spirit, The 1942/05 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0002 Spirit, The 1942/07 - 27 5C G $27.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0003 Spirit, The 1942/08 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0004 Spirit, The 1942/09 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0005 Spirit, The 1942/10 - 27 5C G $27.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0006 Spirit, The 1942/11 - 24 5C G $24.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0007 Spirit, The 1943/02 - 24 5C G $24.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0008 Spirit, The 1943/03 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0009 Spirit, The 1943/04 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0010 Spirit, The 1943/05 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0011 Spirit, The 1943/06 - 26 5C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0012 Spirit, The 1943/07 - 27 5C G $27.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0013 Spirit, The 1943/08 - 26 5C&4C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
D1330-0014 Spirit, The 1943/09 - 26 4C G $26.00 by Will Eisner
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