This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, the crew will take a look at Greyshirt – Indigo Sunset from America’s Best Comics.

Greyshirt originally appeared in Tomorrow Stories (1999), each issue consisting of a collection of short stories featuring a recurring cast of characters. These characters, like Greyshirt, were often inspired by pulp magazine and comic book archetypes, such as the boy genius and the masked detective. As such, Greyshirt’s stories often showcased Alan Moore’s take on the detective stories of such characters as The Spirit. Unlike most of the other ABC characters, Greyshirt is not so much a parody of comic book characters as a pastiche of classic masked detectives.

Greyshirt later appeared in Greyshirt: Indigo Sunset, a comic-book limited series and spin-off from Tomorrow Stories that was written and drawn by Veitch. The series explored the origins of the character, as well as showcasing contributions from Russ Heath, Al Williamson, David Lloyd, John Severin, Dave Gibbons, Frank Cho and Hilary Barta. The limited series ran for six issues and has since been collected into a trade paperback.

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  1. No idea if it’s collected here, but “The Greyshirt Primer” by Moore was one of the finest Jack Kirby tributes I’ve ever seen. True class.

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