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The Shadow

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 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 Street and Smith canceled its remaining four pulps.

The authors

Walter B. Gibson, under the house name 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 Theodore Tinsley and 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.

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/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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