First Issue #1 - December 1992
Last #62 - February 1998
Continued from Spectre (1987 series)
Continued in Spectre (2001 series)
In this series of Spectre comic books was written by writer and former theology student John Ostrander, who chose to re-examine the Spectre as both the embodied Avenging Wrath of the Murdered Dead and as a brutal 1930s policeman. Ostrander placed the Spectre in complex, morally ambiguous situations that posed certain ethical questions. Example 1: What vengeance should be wrought upon a woman who killed her abusive husband in his sleep?
Example 2: The tiny nation of Vlatava, the history of which was an endless cycle of civil war, ethnic cleansing, and retribution. The Spectre responded by judging the whole nation guilty, razing the land and killing the entire population except for two opposing politicians. Example 3:
The pending execution of a wrongfully convicted man. His death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment after the Spectre threatened to kill the entire population of the state of New York, arguing that if the execution was carried out, the "people of the state of New York" would become guilty of murder in his eyes. Ostrander also added several new concepts into the Spectre's history: He revealed that the Spectre was meant to exist as the embodiment of the Wrath of God, and Jim Corrigan was but the latest human spirit assigned to guide him on Earth.