On his Facebook page, Dan Didio was asked “Are the Spirit, Doc Savage and the Avenger still at DC? Will we see them again?” only to respond with, “Sorry to say but none of these characters are still at DC but here’s hoping that another publisher gets them back in print soon.”
You’ll recall that The Spirit, Doc Savage, Rima and The Blackhawks were all part of the “First Wave” line of reconfigured pulp heroes that DC canceled quite suddenly a few years ago, supposedly because of a rights issue. Since then, we’ve heard that at WB it was pointed out that DC paying good money to license old characters didn’t make much sense when they had their own catalog of little-used characters to exploit. Plus…people who know who Doc Savage is aren’t likely to be in the prime of their comics buying life…although they may be.
The ending of the Spirit/DC relationship could leave the beautiful color Spirit Archives series orphaned. This 27-volume hardcover series was a model of representing classic material in a lasting, durable format, but we’re not sure they ever really reprint archives, so the question might be moot anyway. A quick Amazon check shows most of them are OOP.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.