Jim Warren’s revival of Will Eisner’s The Spirit in 1974 was another attempt to bring that moribund character back to life. After the end of the Spirit Section in newspapers in 1952 there were several attempts to bring back the character, but none of them were ongoing in the sense of Warren’s handsome newsstand magazine reprints. The Spirit was announced in Eerie #54, with these pages, the inside front and back covers of that issue.
Harvey Kurtzman may have gotten the ball rolling with his reprint of a classic Spirit story in Warren’s Help! in 1962. You can see it in this 2010 posting from Hairy Green Eyeball.
There was also a Rich Corben-colored “Christmas Spirit” story in issue #54, which I thought of posting, but won’t, Christmas being months past. So I am showing the color Spirit story, “Bucket of Blood” from Eerie #55. That issue was cover dated March, 1974, and The Spirit #1 was cover-dated April, but my recollection is they were on the stands at the same time. I could be wrong. Memory is often flawed, but I also recall we fans were forewarned of the Warren Spirit in the fan press of the time.