Following the confirmation that DC no longer has the rights to publish new Spirit stories, the status of Eisner reprints has become even more confusing...
Source: The Beat
Earlier this week, we reported on a Facebook message from Dan Didio that confirmed the long-running rumor that DC Comics had lost or given up the rights to pulp characters The Spirit, Doc Savage, and The Avenger. In that report, we stated that the future of the Spirit Archives reprints was unknown. Heidi MacDonald over at The Beat (a website that we are engaged in a very serious feud with) has cleared things up. OR HAS SHE?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
Yeah, probably. The Beat, practicing a strange technique known as "actual reporting," contacted Dennis Kitchen, the Will Eisner estate's agent. Kitchen said that DC actually does still hold the rights to the reprints, even though they do not have the rights to create new stories about The Spirit. Kitchen said that there is "a contractual formula I can’t divulge under which the rights would revert. When that might apply is impossible to predict at the moment."
Inspired by The Beat's journalistic gumption, The Outhouse decided to do some reporting our own, so we sent intrepid Outhouse reporter ThanosCopter to DC's headquarters for a fake conversation with eccentric, mustachioed DC leader Dan Didio. Copter met with Didio, dressed in a white lab coat and looking like he hadn't slept in days, in a windowless room in DC's basement filled with white boards with strange calculations scribbled all over them.
ThanosCopter: Dan, can you tell us anything about this mysterious contractual formula that controls the fate of the Spirit Archives.
Dan Didio: Fifty-two! It's always fifty-two! A magical number, you know that it's true! Heehee, haha, hoho, whoohoo!
TC: Uh huh. And fifty-two has something to do with this formula?
DD: It has everything to do with it! Don't you see?! It has everything to do with everything!
TC: Just stop it! Fifty-two is the number of weeks in a year, and you put out a year-long weekly comic book series called 52. You just latched onto it after that. It's nothing more than a gimmick.
DD (clutching ThanosCopter by the collar): You don't understand!! The number is everything! Everything!
TC: You're not going to tell us anything useful about the Spirit Archives, are you?
DD (muttering): Fifty-two, fifty-two, a number for me, a number for you...
TC: Right. So we'll just make something up then.
The rights to the Spirit Archives are guarded by an ancient and powerful dragon and will revert to the Eisner estate when a hero born on a leap day slays the dragon with a magical sword forged by dwarves in the eternal flame that burns in Alan Moore's electric fireplace.