“The Ghost in the Shell tells the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.”
Ghost in the Shell Movie – coming to theatres March 31, 2017 (Paramount Pictures)
Masamune Shirow created this tale in 1989 in the shape of a Manga, in about a year we get to see the Western vision of this sci-fi story in the form of a movie! Can’t wait!!!!
The Ghost in the Shell is a manga produced by Masamune Shirow produced from1989 to 1997. “Ghost in the Shell (攻殻機動隊Kōkaku Kidōtai?, literally “Mobile Armored Riot Police”) is a Japanese media franchise originally published as a seinen manga series of the same name written and illustrated by Masamune Shirow. The manga, first serialized in 1989 under the subtitle of The Ghost in the Shell, and later published as its own tankōbon volumes by Kodansha, told the story of the fictional counter-cyberterrorist organization Public Security Section 9, led by protagonist Major Motoko Kusanagi, in the mid 21st century of Japan.” (read more wikipedia.orgl)
The Spirit, is a long time favourite comic of mine. Mostly because of the drawings by Will Eisner. They have that lovely ‘Film Noir’ touch to it, same goes for the story. In a nutshell; The Spirit is an urban-crimefighter who get’s beaten up a lot. He attracts the most seductive and dangerous femmes fatale, but is in love with ‘Plane- Jane’. The stories are always set in the inner city and feature it’s ‘street-level’ criminals.
In 1973 Kitchen Sink Press reprinted issues of classic (1940/1952) Spirit stories. Eisner created some brand new Spirit material as well. He made an updated Spirit in the form of single-page strips that are, sort of, political cartoons.
The Spirit TV series, 1987. No, I’m not mentioning the movie.
From 1978 on Mr Eisner created several modern graphic novels. He is also known as ‘The father of the graphic novel’. These are great as well…… but that’s another story.