(don't remember seeing a Spirit thread before, but apologies if I missed it and am starting a new one unnecessarily)
Must admit, never really seen what all the fuss was about as far as the writing was concerned. Always felt to me like pretty average, perhaps even somewhat sub-par, crime fiction of the era. And never particularly cared for the title character's basic concept or look, with the pointless mask.
HOWEVER, I've always loved Eisner's artwork in this series. For me, it totally deserves every bit of the great acclaim it's received over the years and then some.
Am I wrong in my dismissal of Eisner's writing - which I admit I haven't really looked at all that closely - and in my feeling that it's mainly the artwork that makes The Spirit a true classic?
And what is the best source for Spirit stories? the Archive editions? The old Warren reprints? I bought a few (3 issues) of those on the cheap recently, and was a but disappointed that they were mainly in black and white. Not that they don't still look great, but my memory of the colour inserts mislead me into thinking the whole of each issue was in colour. And weren't the original stories reprinted in those Warren mags in colour? I know there was also a daily b&w strip for a while, so maybe I'm confused.