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Frequently Asked Questions
(And some things you might be curious about)

Are you a Shadow expert?
No. To be honest, I don't know everything about The Shadow; in fact I'm still learning more about this fascinating character. Please keep in mind that I'm human and I do make mistakes from time to time. If you see an error on this site, please let me know.

How often do you update your site?
UPDATE - Due to my busy schedule, I will be updating every other month starting February 2009. I work full time and some days I don't have any information to update with. So if you encounter an update delay for this site, now you know why. Please note that my world doesn't revolve around The Shadow; I do need time off every once in a while. I've been known to take a hiatus for a few months every now and then. If there comes a time when I am unable to update this site for any reason, I will place it in archive mode - (i.e. "frozen in time").

How do I know what's been recently added to the site?
On the home page, I haved placed links to the newly added information. Just click on the link and scroll down till you see the symbol.

Do you have a mailing list for your site? I would like to know about the updates.
Yes I do. Just drop me an e-mail and let me know.

Are you or your site on Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Tumblr, etc.?
No, I'm afraid not. Due to time constraints I don't plan to create an account related to my site on any social media platforms. Ever.

I just received an e-mail from you, sometimes with an attachment. What is that about? Can I open it?
DO NOT OPEN IT! Delete it right away! Some malicious person is obviously using my e-mail address to distribute a virus and/or to spread junk mail. Personally, I do not send e-mails with attachments to people. If I ever do, it is extremely rare and I will usually state the presence of an attachment in the subject line of my e-mails.

I just sent you an e-mail (a.)for some stuff to post on your site, (b.) regarding a question. I haven't received a response yet. What gives?
It may be that your e-mail server is not allowing me to respond to you. I've recently had my e-mail replies bounced back due to server firewalls, e-mail accounts configured to high security settings, overflowing e-mail inboxes, etc. Please check the security settings on your e-mail account to make sure that my e-mail address is not on the "Blocked" and/or "Junk Mail" lists in error. Please also check to see if your inbox needs a little clearing.

When are you going to ressurect the polls?
I resurrected the Monthly and Sequel Polls for 2005 only, then I'm retiring the polls indefinitely. Please understand that there are only so many poll questions you can put out a year. By the way, if you have a good poll question you would like to see, please let me know.

Do you sell any Shadow items on your site (e.g. radio shows on tape, pulp reprints, memorabilia, etc.)?
No.

I have a/an [insert Shadow memorabilia here]. Are you interested in purchasing it?
Thank you for the offer, but at this time I have to decline.

I have a/an [insert Shadow memorabilia here]. Do you know how much it's worth?
I get this question all the time. Unfortunately I'm an amatuer collector, not an appraiser. If you need to know the value of a piece of memorabilia, you'll have to turn to a professional appraiser for expert advice.

I'm collecting Shadow comics, pulps, etc. Do you know where to find them?
If you're collecting comics, check out your local comic stores and comic shows/conventions. If you're collecting pulps, check out secondhand bookstores for pulp reprints.The original pulps are harder to come by. If your city has an annual pulp show, check that out as well. I also have links on my site for places that sell pulps, comics, and some memorabilia. Then there's always Ebay.

I've heard about Conde Nast and the copyright issue. What is that about?
In January of 2004, I learnt about Condé Nast's lawyers sending out a cease-and-desist (C&D) letter via e-mail to various Webmasters and Webmistresses of Shadow-related Web sites. The Shadow sites that had pulps in pdf and scanned pulp covers were told to remove all Shadow material or face legal action; this led to some sites shutting down permanently. In the wake of this (even though I haven't received a C&D letter), I had to take the scanned pulp covers and pulp novels off my site.
UPDATE - There is an explanation for all this: Condé Nast (who renewed their copyrights a long time ago, not recently) has future plans for The Shadow. They are re-releasing the pulps (hence the C&D for the sites offering free downloadable pulps) and a new Shadow movie among other things. (Thank you to Earl Roggeman for a heads up!)
If you want to know more about copyrights, check out this site:
10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained
(Thank you to John Helvin for this link!)

 

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