Monday, December 22, 2008

The Christmas Spirit

Above is the splash page for the 1948 version of the Christmas Spirit.
Every year Will Eisner (creator of The Spirit) would tell a Holiday themed story about a crime or criminal being fought or over come by the Christmas Spirit - either Jolly Old Saint Nick or the spirit of the season. The Spirit himself would never take part, only to show up to say that he is taking Christmas off and let "another Christmas spirit" fight crime.
What I always found fascinating about this is that Eisner was a very proud and devout Jewish man. I've always wondered how Eisner would have handled a Hanukkah Spirit story.

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