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The Spirit. The Spirit was created by Will Eisner (Lady Luck, Mr. Mystic) and appeared in the comic strip “The Spirit” (1940-1952).

The Spirit is a Costumed Avenger. He used to be Denny Colt, a criminologist living in Central City. But during his first outing he is captured by the evil Dr. Cobra and put into suspended animation. He wakes up days later in Wildwood Cemetery. Colt realizes that everyone now thinks he is dead, and that he is able to fight crime without his loved ones being threatened. Colt puts on a domino mask and goes after criminals as the Spirit. The Spirit has no superpowers but is very tough and has a great deal of dogged determination.

He confronts a wide range of criminals, from the whimsical to the malevolent. Many of them are memorable Femmes Fatale, from the siren Lorelei Rox to Silk Satin, who eventually reforms and works as a spy for the British government, to weapons smuggler Sand Saref, to P’Gell, an internationally-wanted spy who becomes the Spirit’s Loving Enemy. The Spirit works with Police Commissioner Dolan. A black teenager, Ebony White, works as the Spirit’s chauffeur. The Spirit is in love with Dolan’s daughter, Ellen, who is aware of the Spirit’s secret.

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