Issue #1 - Amos Weinstock is the villian, The Spirit saves a young reporter from possible death at the hands of Amos and his goons. No appearance of a certain villain and no super heroics.
Issue #2 - Madam P'gell and the Spirit meet at a party being held in her honor and soon he saves her from an attack and she double crosses him. Once again no appearance from a certain villain and Denny is played the fool.
Issue #3 - We get a flashback to the past as Denny does his best search for the man responsible for his death. Once again no appearance from a certain villain.
Issue #4 - Silk Satin joins the supporting cast as her and Denny do their best to make it out of the desert in one piece. Octopus finally makes his first appearance in the series for one page.
Issues #5 - The Spirit finds himself appearing on the can of porked beans and finds out it's all a scam that Mister Carrion is a part of. Once again no appearance from the Octopus and all through these first 5 issues nothing that would constitute a super hero. More pulp detective stories.
Issue #6 - A story about a man named Blue who was a musician who lived kind of a sad life. Once again no superheriocs or appearance from the octopus. Palmiotti,
Issues #7 - Kyle Baker and Walt Simonson stop by for a "summer spectacular which has 3 stories all of the pulp set and once again no appearance from the octopus.
Issue # 8 - Satin, the reporter and Denny all apear in this issue which is about a mission that Silk is on to stop the Octopus who is never seen in the actual issue, just referenced, Oh and Ellen gets angry at our resident hero. Once again then no super hero stuff, just a spy story about a bomb.
Issues #9 - Denny is seriously hurt and we get to follow a certain cabdriving young man who is attacked by a very undead looking mortez. No octopus and really no superheroics again. But the first time the story ends on a cliffhanger.
Issue #10 - Another done in one mystery that features our reporter from the first issue and nothing that could constitute a super hero. No appearance from the octopus and just another pulpy mystery story.
Issue #11 - Mortez summons the dead to his aid and attacks the spirit and honestly it feels more like a horror story then anything super hero like. The supporting cast is featured heavily and there's a lot of blood that gives a hopeful ending. No appearance from the octopus.
Issue #12 - More is revealed about Denny and Sand's past as well as plenty of noir storytelling. No appearance from the octopus and it's a satisfying ending to darwyn's run.
So in summation Punchy...reread the book because I just proved you wrong. This is pulp and noir and nowhere near super heroes. it's mobsters, missing girls, damsels in distress, fear of the dead and rebirth. Darwyn Cooke's run on the spirit is exactly the opposite of what you've described. His archnemesis only appears once physically.
Seriously how the hell can you ven think this is a superhero book when most of the stories are crime, mystery and spy based?
I really think you started this argument with Lee just to extend the page count of the thread,