The Spirit - 1940-1942

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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 - 1940 to 1942 The Spirit - 1943 to 1944 The Spirit - 1945-Up
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
S1330-0001 1940/06/23 - CB VG $44.00 #4 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0002 1940/06/30 - CB VG $44.00 #5 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0003 1940/07/07 - CB FR $11.00 #6 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0004 1940/07/07 - CB P $3.00 #6 Missing Centerfold otherewise VG  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0005 1940/07/14 - CB FR-G $15.00 #7 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0006 1940/07/28 - CB G $20.00 #9 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0007 1940/08/04 - CB VG-FN $45.00 #10 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0008 1940/08/11 - CB VG $40.00 #11 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0009 1940/08/18 - CB VG $40.00 #12 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0010 1940/08/25 - CB FR $10.00 #13 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0011 1940/09/01 - CB VG $40.00 #14 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0012 1940/09/08 - CB G $18.00 #15 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0013 1940/09/08 - CB FR-G $15.00 #15 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0014 1940/09/22 - CB VG $40.00 #17 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0015 1940/10/06 - CB VG $35.00 #19 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0016 1940/10/13 - CB VG $35.00 #20 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0017 1940/10/13 - CB FR-G $15.00 #20 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0018 1940/10/20 - CB FR-G $15.00 #21 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0019 1940/10/27 - CB VG $35.00 #22 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0020 1940/11/03 - CB VG $35.00 #23 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0021 1940/11/10 - CB G $18.00 #24 Black Queen appearance,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0022 1940/11/17 - CB VG $35.00 #25 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0023 1940/11/17 - CB FR-G $15.00 #25 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0024 1940/11/24 - CB FR $9.00 #26 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0025 1940/12/01 - CB VG $42.00 #27 Spanking Cover, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0026 1940/12/08 - CB G $25.00 #28 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0027 1940/12/15 - CB VG $32.00 #29 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0028 1940/12/22 - CB FR $12.00 #30 Christmas Spirit, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0029 1940/12/29 - CB FR-P $5.00 #31 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0031 1940/12/29 - CB P $3.00 #31 missing centerfold otherwise VG, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0032 1941/01/05 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0033 1941/01/12 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0034 1941/01/19 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0035 1941/01/26 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0036 1941/02/09 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0037 1941/02/09 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0038 1941/02/16 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0039 1941/02/23 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0040 1941/02/23 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0041 1941/03/02 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0042 1941/03/09 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0043 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)
S1330-0044 1941/03/16 - 2F VG/VG/VG $50.00 1st Silk Satin, Page 2 TPL, on reverse Mary Worth(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H), Chief Wahoo(H), Private Lives(H)
S1330-0045 1941/03/16 - CB VG $40.00 1st Silk Satin, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0046 1941/03/23 - CB FR-G $10.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0047 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)
S1330-0048 1941/03/30 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0049 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)
S1330-0050 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)
S1330-0051 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)
S1330-0052 1941/04/20 - 2F G/FR/G $15.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL on reverse Out our Way(TT), Pepsi & Pete ad(TH), Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H)
S1330-0053 1941/04/27 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0054 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)
S1330-0055 1941/05/04 - CB G $16.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0056 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)
S1330-0057 1941/05/11 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0058 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)
S1330-0059 1941/05/18 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0060 1941/05/25 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0061 1941/05/25 - 2F G/FR-G/VG $20.00 On reverse Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H), Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H)
S1330-0062 1941/06/01 - CB VG $32.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0063 1941/06/08 - CB FR $8.00 2nd Silk Satin, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0064 1941/06/08 - 2F VG/VG/VG $40.00 2nd Silk Satin, On reverse Ella Cinders(H), Abbie an' Slats(H), Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H)
S1330-0065 1941/06/15 - CB VG $32.00 1st Appearance Twilight, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0066 1941/06/15 - CB FR-G $12.00 1st Appearance Twilight,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0067 1941/06/22 - CB FR-G $15.00 Hitler Appearance, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0068 1941/06/22 - CB P $3.00 Hitler Appearance, Missing Centerfold  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0069 1941/06/29 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0070 1941/06/29 - CB FR $7.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0071 1941/07/06 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0072 1941/07/13 - CB G-VG/G/VG $30.00 On reverse Flash Gordon(F), Donald Duck(H), Henry(H)
S1330-0073 1941/07/20 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0074 1941/07/20 - CB G $14.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0075 1941/07/27 - CB G-VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0076 1941/08/03 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0077 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)
S1330-0078 1941/08/10 - CB FR $7.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0079 1941/08/17 - CB FR-G $12.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0080 1941/08/24 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0081 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)
S1330-0082 1941/08/31 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0083 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)
S1330-0084 1941/09/07 - CB P $2.00 1st Page Missing, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0085 1941/09/14 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0086 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)
S1330-0087 1941/09/21 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0088 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)
S1330-0089 1941/09/28 - CB G-VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0090 1941/10/05 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0091 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)
S1330-0092 1941/10/12 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0093 1941/10/19 - CB G $14.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0094 1941/10/19 - CB P $3.00 Major piece out of 1st four pages w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0095 1941/10/26 - CB G-VG $35.00 Halloween Spirit,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0096 1941/10/26 - CB FR $10.00 Halloween Spirit,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0097 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)
S1330-0098 1941/11/02 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0099 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)
S1330-0100 1941/11/09 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0101 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)
S1330-0102 1941/11/16 - CB VG $28.00 Thanksgiving Spirit, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0103 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)
S1330-0104 1941/11/23 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0105 1941/11/30 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0106 1941/11/30 - 2F FR/FR/FR $6.00 On reverse Silly Symphonies(H), Mickey Mouse(H), Terry & the Pirates(H), Smokey Stover(H)
S1330-0107 1941/12/07 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0108 1941/12/07 - CB FR-G $12.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0109 1941/12/14 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0110 1941/12/21 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0111 1941/12/21 - CB G $14.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0112 1941/12/21 - 2F G/G/VG $20.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Captain Easy(H), Out our Way(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0113 1941/12/28 - CB VG $35.00 Christmas Spirit,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0114 1941/12/28 - CB P $3.00 Christmas Spirit,  Missing Centerfold otherwise VG, w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0115 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)
S1330-0116 1942/01/11 - CB FR-G $12.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0117 1942/01/11 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Captain Easy(H), Out our Way(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0118 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)
S1330-0119 1942/01/25 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0120 1942/02/01 - CB VG $32.00 1st Duchess,  w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0121 1942/02/08 - CB VG $28.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0122 1942/03/15 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0123 1942/03/22 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), GE Mazda Lamp ad(Q), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0124 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)
S1330-0125 1942/04/26 - 2F VG/VG/VG $25.00 On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0126 1942/04/26 - CB G-VG $15.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0127 1942/05/10 - 2F VG/VG/VG $16.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), Captain Easy(H), Yankee Doodle(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0128 1942/05/17 - 2F VG/VG/VG $16.00 Page 2 TPL, On reverse Out our Way(H), Ralston ads w/ Merle Oberon & Dumb Dora,  Captain Yank(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0129 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)
S1330-0130 1942/05/24 - CB G-VG $15.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0131 1942/06/28 - CB VG $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0132 1942/07/05 - 2F G/FR-G/VG $8.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Mickey Finn(H), Bo(H),  Captain Yank(H), Joe Palooka(H)
S1330-0133 1942/09/06 - CB G-VG $15.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0134 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)
S1330-0135 1942/09/27 - 2F VG/VG/VG $16.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL, On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo w/Hitler, Mussolini, Tojo(H),   Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0136 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)
S1330-0137 1942/11/01 - CB VG $24.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0138 1942/11/15 - CB FR-G $10.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0139 1942/12/06 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 1 TPR, Page 2 TPL On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Private Lives w/ FDR(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0140 1942/12/20 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 2 TPL On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
S1330-0141 1942/12/27 - CB VG $18.00 w/Lady Luck & Mr. Mystic
S1330-0142 1942/12/27 - 2F VG/VG/VG $11.00 Page 2 TPL On reverse Mary Worth(H), Chief Wahoo(H),  Private Lives(H), Dan Dunn Secret Op 48(H)
Newspaper Comics Links ---> The Spirit - 1940 to 1942 The Spirit - 1943 to 1944 The Spirit - 1945-Up
The Spirit - Dailies

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