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Spirit-less DC Comics
Published on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 by

The DC Universe was shaken up during the 2012 restart. For better or worse, DC stuck to their 52 week concept. Many characters books did not make the jump into the new continuity. Now it has been revealed that a few old pulp characters may not be DC anymore.

Since 2012, much like the entire rest of this century, has found DC fighting to keep or clarify their ownership of Superman it may seem surprising that the company is letting some older characters go by the wayside. Although the characters, Spirit, Doc Samson, and The Avenger are not quite DC headliners. Even if these characters, that are hold overs from the pulp hero era of comics, have had more or less recent DC iterations. Frank Miller’s Spirit movie helped re-draw interest in a recent high profile Spirit series. Trading on name power the Miller movie and subsequent Spirit craze did not draw the character into the new 52 DC U. The other two characters are even less known than Spirit by the average comic fan and virtually invisible to anyone that only watches comic characters of blockbuster screens.

Comics Alliance is reporting that DC lost these characters. UpRoxx’s headline claims that DC ditched the unsuccessful pulp. Quibbling over the economics of the business decision to pursue the characters or lose the characters is a moot squabble. DC wasn’t capitalizing on the characters and now other companies can. Looking at how Dynamite and IDW have built recent success on licensed and historic comic properties perhaps this is the time for a smaller company to bring about a seminal Doc Samson run.

Perhaps this is a great move for these older characters. Only time will tell.

What I find truly surprising isn’t that DC is trimming off unsuccessful characters–or at least properties that they can’t figure out how to use moving forward—but that they bothered to publish a Haunted Tank  in 2010 one shot to keep the property viable. Will another Vertigo style Haunted tank ever see the light of day again? The 2008 five issue series by Frank Marraffino and Henry Flint is not quite remembered like Frank Miller’s Spirit.  Maybe DC needs to trim out a few more titles in hopes that the characters will either be better used elsewhere or that they at least won’t clog up the DC works.

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