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IDW & DC Announce Mark Waid & Paul Smith on Rocketeer/The Spirit Team Up

The two great pulp heroes will finally meet.

Get ready for some cool news. IDW Publishing and DC Entertainment have announced the meeting between two of my favorite pulp heroes, the Rocketeer and the Spirit. I like the Spirit so much I have still not been able to bring myself to watch the movie.

The four-issue series begins in July and will be written by Mark Waid with art by Paul Smith!

THE ROCKETEER/THE SPIRIT: PULP FRICTION will contain both a murder mystery and political intrigue. The story will take place in the Spirit's gritty Central City as well as the sunny skies of Los Angeles. There will be plenty of action and humor in the series.

Here's what Mark Waid had to say:

Not many writers have been lucky enough to write The Rocketeer or The Spirit, 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!

The fun begins on July 10. Make sure to let you comic shop know you're interested in the series.

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Posted by Walzo

This is pretty awesome.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

I was gonna pick up the Rocketeer, but I hated the art...

Posted by bob808

Can't wait

Edited by Hanson724

<p>Loved Waid's Cargo of Doom last year. Definitely checking this out.</p>

Posted by doordoor123

:O I thought the Spirit wasn't a DC property anymore! And I thought Waid hated DC! WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!?!?!

Edited by shackle

Good call avoiding the Spirit movie if you're a fan of the character. What a mess. Catwoman and Elektra are always brought up in any discussion of "worst comic book movie," but The Spirit was easily just as bad, if not worse. (Let that sink in--worse than Catwoman.)

Edited by NightFang

With all those IDW and DC deals, why haven't we gotten.

Edited by Zeeguy91

:O I thought the Spirit wasn't a DC property anymore! And I thought Waid hated DC! WHAT IS GOING ON?!?!?!?!?!

Waid doesn't hate DC. He just hates Dan Didio and/or the current editorial regime of DC, which is too bad. I love Waid's work and would kill to see him take over Action Comics with the recent disappointment of Andy Diggle leaving.

Edited by longbowhunter

DC no longer holds the rights to The Spirit, Doc Savage or T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

Edited by xtremekidx

Waid on a DC character?surprised....Very surprised!!

Posted by Smart_Dork_Dude

@longbowhunter said:

DC no longer holds the rights to The Spirit, Doc Savage or T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents.

The Spirit is a public domain character now last I heard, so DC CAN publish stuff with him, but so can other companies if they want

Posted by lifeboy

Sweet! It looks like dc is slowlt taking steps to bring mark waid back! Get your rear end back there mark and lets see kingdom come pt2!

Posted by SandMan_

DC and Mark Waid???

Get him on Superman ASAP!!!

Posted by LarryDavis

I was gonna pick up the Rocketeer, but I hated the art...

Congrats on having terrible opinions, I guess. It's important that you shared that.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

@allstarsuperman said:

I was gonna pick up the Rocketeer, but I hated the art...

Congrats on having terrible opinions, I guess. It's important that you shared that.

yeah its just my opinion, and its not like i said it sucked or was crappy, i said i didnt care for it...

Edited by chalkshark

You had me at Paul Smith.

Seriously, though, it's really great to see Dave Stevens' Rocketeer continuing to make waves in the industry. It's a great character, deserving of all the recognition and exposure it can get.

Edited by Squalleon

@lifeboy said:

Sweet! It looks like dc is slowlt taking steps to bring mark waid back! Get your rear end back there mark and lets see kingdom come pt2!

we have seen it! and it was awful

thy kingdom come

Posted by turoksonofstone

sounds like a good book. neat crossover.

Posted by detective38

Its crazy to me how an indie character like the rocketeer has become so recognizable and is considered a pulp character even though he was created in the early 80s. Im not saying any of this is a bad thing because i really like the character but its just such a rare thing for a small company to publish an iconic character

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

A DC/IDW crossover?! Awesome! I'll have to check this out..the fact that Waid is part of it just adds to the urgency to try this out.