It has been suspected since DC cancelled its First Wave line of comics a few years ago, but Dan Didio has confirmed that DC no longer holds the rights to these pulp heroes.
Source: The Beat
Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat reports that Dan Didio has confirmed that DC no longer holds the rights to pulp heroes The Spirit, Doc Savage, The Avenger, and any other non-DCU characters that were a part of the short-lived First Wave line in 2010. "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," said Didio on Facebook.
Characters like Savage and The Spirit were created during the Golden Age of comics and were essential to the development of the comics medium as we know it today, but readers don't give a shit because they aren't Batman or Wolverine. "The Spirit is not Batman," said one reader, adding, "and Doc Savage is not Wolverine."
There is no news of the characters being picked up by another publisher, nor is there any word of whether the Spirit Archives reprints will be continued. Meanwhile, Wolverine stars in no less than ten comics, which all of you dummies buy every copy of. C'est la vie in the world of comics.