Will Eisner's The Spirit began as the main character in a 16-page comic insert in the Sunday edition of Register and Syndicate newspapers on June 2, 1940. The Spirit was Denny Cole, a young police detective presumed killed. although in reality he had been placed in suspended animation by the evil Dr. Cobra. When Denny woke up in a cemetery, he decided to stay "dead" and began fighting crime as the masked vigilante known as The Spirit. The comic was noted for its wide variety of of genre styles, from straight police work to mystery, horror, comedy, and love, stories. It was also noted for Eisner's creative artwork. The Spirit moved to his own comic book title in 1944. Both The Spirit and Eisner have maintained a large following to this day. In 2011, The Spirit was ranked as 21st of the Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of all time.
Enjoy The Spirit's first foray into the comic book world.