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**Publication range:** April 1931-Summer 1949>>[[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] was in an enviable, but awkward position in the early 1930s. Readers were clamoring for the magazine featuring The Shadow, but the publisher didn't have such a magazine.
As a means of promoting its //[[DetectiveStoryMagazine Detective Story Magazine]]//, the publishing house had sponsored a radio program that dramatized stories from the magazine. The program was hosted by a mysterious announcer with a haunting laugh. The announcer went by the name of The Shadow.
Street and Smith scrambled to satisfy the readers' appetites, hiring writer and magician [[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson]] to flush out The Shadow character. A quarterly magazine titled //The Shadow// hit the stands with an April 1931 date. Its instant success prompted Street and Smith to increase its publication rate to monthly.
By giving the magazine the same name as its featured character, Street and Smith unknowingly started a genre that would prove to be a goldmine over the next decade: the character pulp.
Gibson's Shadow was a cunning master of the night, able to melt into the shadows and strike fear into the hearts of criminals with his whispered, mocking laugh. When not cloaked in black slouch hat and coat, The Shadow posed in a variety of identities, including that of wealthy playboy Lamont Cranston. The Shadow was helped by a cadre of agents, all of whom owed their lives and their allegiance to him.
Together they battled a range of evildoers — from common swindlers and jewel thieves to the band of The Hand and the voodoo master Rodil Mocquino — for 18 years, until the summer of 1949, and for 325 novels.
Readers knew little about The Shadow at first, but as the series progressed readers were given hints about his past. In 1937, the story "The Shadow Unmasks" revealed just who The Shadow really was. He was Kent Allard, a famed aviator who had disappeared years before in Central America. Allard had been a flying ace and spy during World War I, before starting his war against crime.
In the 1960s, Gibson wrote “The Return of The Shadow” for a paperback revival series, but the remaining stories were written by Dennis Lynds. The 1994 movie adaptation was written by James Luceno.
Despite an 18-year pulp run, The Shadow is best remembered today for the longer-running radio program //The Shadow.// In 1937, six years after The Shadow first appeared in print, he returned to the airwaves with a drama of his own. But unlike the print Shadow who relied on darkness and his stealthy abilities to conceal him from others, the radio's Shadow used an hypnotic power he learned in the Far East. One thing that the print Shadow did pick up from the radio program was a female agent named Margo Lane.
The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].
~- The Shadow was //not// “in reality Lamont Cranston” In the pulps, The Shadow’s true identity was Kent Allard, famed aviator and explorer who had vanished some years earlier.
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**Publication range:** April 1931-Summer 1949>>The April 1931 number of //The Shadow: A Detective Magazine// introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
In the 1960s, Gibson wrote ìThe Return of The Shadowî†for a paperback revival series, but the remaining stories were written by Dennis Lynds. The 1994 movie adaptation was written by James Luceno.
Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program //The Shadow.// The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].
~- The Shadow was //not// ìin reality Lamont Cranston.î In the pulps, The Shadowís true identity was Kent Allard, famed aviator and explorer who had vanished some years earlier.


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Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program //The Shadow.// The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].
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Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program //The Shadow.// In The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].


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Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program //The Shadow.// In The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].
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Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program ìThe Shadow.î In The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].


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The mysterious Shadow blazed onto the newsstands in 1931 and for 18 years, battle evil with the aid of a team of agents. //The Shadow// was one of the most popular pulp heroes.
**Publication range:** April 1931-Summer 1949>>The April 1931 number of //The Shadow: A Detective Magazine// introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
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**Publication range:** April 1931-Summer 1949>>The mysterious Shadow blazed onto the newsstands in 1931 and for 18 years, battle evil with the aid of a team of agents. //The Shadow// was one of the most popular pulp heroes.
The April 1931 number of //The Shadow: A Detective Magazine// introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.


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**Publisher:** [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]]
**Publication range:** April 1931-Summer 1949>>The mysterious Shadow blazed onto the newsstands in 1931 and for 18 years, battle evil with the aid of a team of agents. //The Shadow// was one of the most popular pulp heroes.
===History===
The April 1931 number of //The Shadow: A Detective Magazine// introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
//The Shadow// was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. //The Shadow// folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] canceled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson]], under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant]], penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in //The Shadow// pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].
===Comments/trivia===
~- The Shadow was //not// ìin reality Lamont Cranston.î In the pulps, The Shadowís true identity was Kent Allard, famed aviator and explorer who had vanished some years earlier.
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The April 1931 number of ìThe Shadow: A Detective Magazineî introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. ìThe Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] canceled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson]], under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant]], penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in ìThe Shadowî pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].


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ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. ìThe Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] canceled its remaining four pulps.
==The authors==
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson]], under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant]], penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in ìThe Shadowî pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].
In the 1960s, Gibson wrote ìThe Return of The Shadowî†for a paperback revival series, but the remaining stories were written by Dennis Lynds. The 1994 movie adaptation was written by James Luceno.
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ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. ìThe Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] cancelled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson,]] under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant,]] penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in ìThe Shadowî pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].


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The April 1931 number of ìThe Shadow: A Detective Magazineî introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourî radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. ìThe Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] cancelled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson,]] under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant,]] penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in ìThe Shadowî pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].
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The April 1931 number of ìThe Shadow: A Detective Magazineî introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourì radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. "The Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] cancelled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson,]] under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant,]] penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in "The Shadow" pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].


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The April 1931 number of ìThe Shadow: A Detective Magazineî introduced readers to the black cloaked avenger with blazing twin automatic pistols. The magazine was [[StreetandSmith Street and Smithís]] attempt to take advantage of the popularity of the announcer for its ìDetective Story Hourì radio program, a mocking voice called The Shadow.
ìThe Shadowî was an immediate hit on the newsstands. By the October 1931 issue, it began appearing monthly; within a year, it would be publishing twice a month. It continued at that rate until paper shortages in World War II forced it to return to monthly publication. "The Shadowî folded with the Summer 1949 number, when [[StreetandSmith Street and Smith]] cancelled its remaining four pulps.
[[GibsonWalter Walter B. Gibson,]] under the house name [[GrantMaxwell Maxwell Grant,]] penned a majority of the 325 lead novels that appeared in "The Shadow" pulp magazine. Other writers who used the Grant penname included [[TinsleyTheodore Theodore Tinsley]] and [[ElliottBruce Bruce Elliott]].
==Other media==
Despite an 18 year pulp run, The Shadow is most remembered today for the longer-running radio program ìThe Shadow.î In The Shadow also appeared in several short features, full-length movies and a serial, as well as a failed 1950s TV pilot. The Shadow returned to the silver screen in 1994 in a film starring Alec Baldwin as The Shadow/[[CranstonLamont Lamont Cranston]].
There have been reports that Sony is working to return the Night Master to theaters, but nothing definite has developed.
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