Alex Ross and Dynamite Entertainment IDW sent out a press release this morning announcing a crossover people have been waiting for for decades... until most of them died... The Rocketeer meets The Spirit in a four issue limited series written by Mark Waid and drawn by Paul Smith!
"What's that?!" asked 80 year old Stanley Moore of Los Angeles, one of the youngest fans of the classic pulp heroes.
"IDW is making a Rocketeer/Spirit crossover comic," we told him.
"What?!" he asked
"The Spirit is teaming up with the Rocketeer," we repeated.
"No thanks, I don't need a chandelier," he replied.
"No no, sir," we explained. "You misunderstand. The comic book hero The Spirit is going to share a comic with The Rocketeer. It's being made by IDW. Mark Waid is writing, and Paul Smith is on art. Not sure who's going to ink and color it."
"The coloreds?!" gasped a suddenly excited Moore. "First we have one of them as president, and now they're making comic books?!"
"Ooookay," we said quickly, needing to cut him off there. He's from a different time.
The Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction will be in stores on July 15. Here's the press release:
MARK WAID! PAUL SMITH! IDW! DC ENTERTAINMENT! THE ROCKETEER! THE SPIRIT!
It’s PULP FRICTION as Icons Finally Meet This Summer!
San Diego, CA (March 31, 2013) – IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment are pleased to announce the meeting of two of comics’ greatest pulp heroes! Dave Stevens’ high-flying Cliff Secord will finally cross paths with Will Eisner’s iconic Denny Colt this summer in THE ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION! The four-issue series, taking off in July, will also pack quite the creative wallop, being written by multi-Eisner Award-winning scribe Mark Waid and drawn by the legendary Paul Smith!
“Not many writers have been lucky enough to write The Rocketeer or The Spirit,” said Mark Waid, “so I feel like I’ve won the lottery. This is one of the most exciting—and scariest—assignments I’ve ever undertaken. Luckily, I’ve got Paul Smith to make me look good!”
“This is one of those ideas that just makes me smile,” said Editor Scott Dunbier, “I’m a long-time fan of both characters and it’s an honor to work on it. And if Mark won the lottery, I hit the Powerball, baby!”
The Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction features a murder mystery and political intrigue. From the grim and gritty streets of Central City where The Spirit navigates through the urban underbelly of corruption to the sunny skies of Los Angeles where The Rocketeer soars above the Hollywood elite, these two classic characters will become enthralled in murder, mayhem, and all manner of danger—and with a healthy dose of signature humor tossed in for good measure.
The Rocketeer/Spirit: Pulp Friction arrives in stores July 10th.
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IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.
IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Warner Brothers and Barry Sonnenfeld are attached to adapt LORE into a feature film starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot, with Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film.