Will Eisner has been in the news quite a bit lately as we fast approach what would've been his 100th birthday. His character, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle is getting a new series with Dynamite, already the home of his best known character, The Spirit. Currently, The Spirit is appearing in a crossover mini-series with another pulp era legend, The Green Hornet. The Spirit debuted in the pages of a 16-page, tabloid-sized newspaper imprint for the Register and Tribune Syndication, June 2nd, 1940. The Green Hornet debuted January 31st 1936 in his own radio program, he was created by George W. Trendle and Fran Strike, the same two who created the Lone Ranger three years prior for the same Detroit radio station. This is why the Lone Ranger and the Green Hornet are related.
To go with Eisner's birthday and the Green Hornet / the Spirit crossover, Dynamite is doing a big sale on comiXology until 11 pm EST August 3rd. The sale features over a hundred different Green Hornet and The Spirit comics priced at $.99 per single issue, including the recent Lone Ranger / Green Hornet crossover and the work Kevin Smith did with Green Hornet and the Kato series. And there are 17 collections ranging from 50% to more than 75% off of the cover price. These include Will Eisner's The Spirit Returns, Green Hornet: Year One, Green Hornet Strikes and more.
This features the work of Kevin Smith, Mark Waid, Matt Wagner, Michael Uslan, Phil Hester, David Liss and Jai Nitz.
For fans of the old pulp novels and classic comics, there aren't a lot of places to get that type of story anymore, but Dynamite does a good job recapturing the feel that made these characters iconic and this sale is a great way to catch up on what they've been doing. Check out the full sale here.