Introduction and Table of Contents

Indexed by Cat Yronwode
Htmlized and Updated by Wes Tumulka

The Spirit © and TM 2001 WIll Eisner
The Spirit Checklist © 2001
catherine yronwode


The Spirit Checklist is a portion of the (as-yet-unpublished) Complete Spirit Index which i compiled in the late 1970s while living in a big log cabin in the Missouri Ozarks with my daughter Althaea and my then-partner Denis McFarling. It was my second large comic book indexing project, and i began work on it almost immediately after completing an index to the Marvel comics that featured Dr. Strange. This latter index, which i called The Lesser Book of the Vishanti, was distributed freely among my friends and fellow fans, but The Spirit Index actually brought in some cash, when i managed to sell a small portion of it, The Spirit Cheklist, to Denis Kitchen's Kitchen Sink Press. Kitchen printed it in sections in The Spirit Magazine #22 - #28 inclusive, and paid me $35.00 per page for both the information and my typesetting.

The Checklist was the first comprehensive listing of all published appearances of The Spirit, and rthe first attempt to identify the many people who worked on the series with Will Eisner -- but it by no means represented the entirety of my Spirit Index, which also provided complete character listings and plot summaries for all 645 Spirit Sections. The original manuscript of the Index, hand-written in a small ledger book that i bought at Bill's Dollar Store in Mountain Grove, Missouri, has survived many moves and the complete flooding of my house and the town i lived in. Its binding is all shaken loose, but the information is intact. Perhaps someday i will meet up with someone who wants to transcribe it for publication on the web. Until then, it remains a memento of a year's dedicated work and the help of several friends.


The Spirit Index -- and therefore this Checklist -- could not have been compiled without the assistance of those who supplied photocopies of their Spirit Sections or even loaned me their entire collections for months as i worked my way through the 12-year run of the series. In particular, i would like to thank Jerry Bails, John Benson, Mark Hannerfeld, Denis McFarling, Dean Mullaney, Jerry Sinkovec, the New York Public Library -- and Will and Ann Eisner, who let me finish the Index by going through Will's bound volumes of The Spirit at their home in White Plains, New York, and provided me with a lovely lunch to boot. Also, great thanks are due to Wes Tumulka, who htmlized the material and hosts a slightly different version of it at his own very comprehensive Spirit site.

A downloadable copy of the whole of The Spirit Checklist, formatted by Steve Meyer, is available in either Adobe Acrobat (247KB) or as a zipped rtf document (139KB).

The online version of the Spirit Checklist is based upon my original Spirit Index, with these alterations by Wes Tumulka:

  • The online Checklist now only includes appearances by The Spirit in media published in the USA.
  • The online Checklist only includes complete stories that have been reprinted - it no longer includes single panels or pages that have been reproduced as examples of the strip or Eisner's work in books or articles.
  • Differences between the reproduction techniques used in the reprints are no longer noted.
  • The story titles listed are taken from the Kitchen Sink reprints in the first instance -- if the sections are also known by other titles, these are also be listed.

Abbreviations of Comics & Magazines

Definitions of Terms Used

aka - also known as

B&W - black & white (no differenciation is made between halftone, line shots, proof, flat tones, wash tones, zipatone or photostat)

COL - color/colour (no differenciation is made between color that is the same as the original sections or stories that have been recolored)

Framed - A reprint that has a new framing sequence & some original panels deleted

Retouched - Minor changes in artwork from the original section

Redrawn - Major changes in artwork from the original section

Refried - Same story, much dialogue same, names may be changed, new art.


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