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Pulp Trivia

What's in a name?
The character of Harry Vincent was supposedly a tribute to Walter B. Gibson's good friend, Harry Blackstone Sr. (otherwise known as the famous magician, The Great Blackstone). Besides sharing the same first name, both the magician and The Shadow's agent hailed from Colon, Michigan. In fact, it has been mentioned in several pulps that Harry is from Colon.
(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for the information!)



Nick Carter and The Shadow
Apparently "Triple Cross", a Nick Carter - Killmaster novel (Ace Books, 1980), was based on a storyline written by Dennis Lynds that was supposed to be the 10th Belmont Shadow novel.
Read the conversation on the pulp-chat forum
Listen to Ric's Podcast about the Belmont Shadow series at The Book Cave
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



Shadow and Spy
An interesting article by the Spy Guys and Gals Website looks at the 1960s Belmont Shadow novels. With the popularity of James Bond and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Shadow was "revamped" for the audiences of the time.
Read the article here
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



The Shadow by...Lester Dent
Doc Savage and The Shadow team up in two adventures from the new pulp series The Wild Adventures of Doc Savage by Kenneth Robeson (the pseudonymn of authors Will Murray and Lester Dent.) In Doc Savage: Empire of Doom (Altus Press, 2016) the two pulp heroes battle Shiwan Khan. Worthy of note is Doc Savage: The Sinister Shadow (Altus Press, 2015); according to the biography section for Lester Dent, this story was constructed using the early drafts and unused chapters of Dent's first Shadow story, The Golden Vulture, which was originally written in 1932. The Golden Vulture would go on to be revised by Walter B. Gibson and published by Street and Smith on July 15, 1938.
View the Cover Scan
(Thanks to Liz for the heads-up and the cover scan!)

 


Magazines

Thought we'd never see this again....
The recent print issue of Gotham Magazine (March? 2008) features a picture of Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey (from 30 Rock). And guess what he's doing....
View here
(Thanks to Antony for the information and picture!)


Oh, the horror...
The #64 issue (March 1975) of Eerie, a horror comics magazine, featured story with the character of Pi (similar to the Green Lantern/Lensmen). At one point in the story, a charcacter says, "We had lots of heroes back in 1934 Buck Jones, Tommix, Tarzan, Capt. Easy, Max Bear, Jack Armstrong, The Shadow, Lone Ranger and Green Hornet "
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



Almost had it...
In Wizard Magazine: Valiant Comics Special (1996), there was "an article where they noted that Valiant tried to acquire the rights to publish comic books about the Shadow, but could not".
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)

 


Newspaper and Online Articles

Forever...young?
Ty Templeton's article about Superman turning 70 ("Still Super" - Toronto Star, April 13, 2008) talks about how the Man of Steel has outlasted other heros such as The Shadow, Tarzan, and The Phantom. It even includes a caricature (done by Mr. Templeton) of these heroes in old age. In this case, an aged, bespectacled Shadow is shown wearing a Medic-Alert braclet and grasping a walker while shaking his fist at the still-youthfull Superman flying above.


Fear of Shadows
"Cape Fear Dead Ahead: Transforming a Thrice-told Tale of Lawyers and Law" by lawyer Francis M. Nevins analyzes John D. MacDonald's "Cape Fear" (the novel and the two movies).
[Mr. Nevin] compares Max Cady's stealth to that of The Shadow. At least four times before the murder of Kersek, Scorsese's Cady has displayed this Shadowesque power:
- when he vanished from sight while following the Bowdens to the ice cream parlor
- when he vanished from their boundary wall
- when he stole the piano wire, and
- when he poisoned the Bowdens' dog.
Read the article
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



Unto the Law
A judge in Staten Island, New York references 3 superheroes (including The Shadow) as he reprimands a lawyer.
Note: Though the judge meant well, note that The Shadow and Zorro had to take on alter egos to protect themselves from being arrested — in Zorro's case, he would have been executed by the Spanish army. (Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information and for pointing out the discrepency!)
Read the article here
A rebuttal against the judge's choice of superheroes - Scroll to the bottom for comments



The Shadow knows Politics
In politics, it's a little too easy to have your slip-ups recorded on a cell phone camera and sent out to the world. As noted in the title of this Oct 28, 2010 Boston Globe article by David Filipov about this issue: "If he slips, his shadow will know"
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)

Read the article "If he slips, his shadow will know"



Now you see him...
Want to be invisible like The Shadow without spending a few years in the far east learning how to cloud minds? Science just might make that happen. This recent science article features the quote: "Popular radio show character the Shadow was able to cloak his personage in invisibility in order to find out what evil lurked in the hearts of men. Now, scientists say they have taken a step closer to creating a 'three-dimensional cloak' that would render objects invisible."
(Thanks to David Bibb for the information!)

Read the article



Robot Fandom
This article on blog PulpRack highlights a comic book called Atomic Robo which features a Shadow pulp-inspired cover.
Read it here
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



The Evil in Men's Hearts
July 21, 2012 article by James Verniere in Boston Herald about the Aurora, Colorado shootings features the phrase "evil lurking in some depraved hearts".
(Thanks to TP Cooke for the information!)



The (Archie Comics) Shadow for Science
This Feb 23, 2013 article by Judy Molland for the Care2 Website about the controversial subject of teaching creationism vs evolution and climate change in US schools features an alterted version of the Archie Comics Shadow #5 cover.
Read it here
View the original Archie Comics #5 Cover
(Thanks to TP Cooke for the information!)

 


Comic Books & Comic Book Related

(Note: All tidbits credited to Clyde Vincent unless otherwise stated.)

Comics General
  • Comics Values Annual 1999: The Comic Books Price Guide (1999)
    Features an interview with Warren Ellis in which Moon Knight is described as "The Shadow by way of John Woo"
  • Comics Scene #49 (November 1992)
    David Goyer noted that he wrote a screenplay for Doctor Strange in the 1990's. He noted that he wanted to follow the origin storyline -- a selfish, acquisitive man gets redeemed when going to Tibet and studying under a mystic. Then The Shadow came out in 1994 which featured a similar origin. Batman Begins also featured a somewhat similar origin (although Wayne was self-absorbed, he was not really acquisitive) -- and it was written by David Goyer!
  • Overstreet Price Guide 1991 (1991)
    Featured an advertisement with a mouse version of The Shadow


DC Comics
  • The Big Book of Hoaxes: True Tales of the Greatest Lies Ever Told! by Carl Sifakis (DC Comics, 1996)
    - Brief mention of The Shadow in Orson Welle's infamous martian scare
  • Detective Comics #27 (May 1939), "The Case of the Chemical Syndicate" by Bill Finger
    - Based on "Partners of Peril" (Nov 1, 1936) by Theodore Tinsley, so much so that the stories are quite similar
    - View a scene-by-scene comparison at Dial B For Blog:
    page 1 | page 2
  • Detective Comics #482 (February-March 1979), "Bat-Mite's New York Adventure" by Bob Rozakis
    - One of the DC writers has a copy of The Shadow Magazine in his hand
  • Detective Comics #500 (March 1981), "The Batman Encounters—Gray Face" by Walter B. Gibson
    - Considering that his creation was one of the inspirations for Batman, it's not surprising that Walter B. Gibson would go on to write a Batman story (Thanks to Solara for the information!)
  • DC Universe: Legacies #2 (August 2010)
    - In one panel, Vigilante (a cowboy superhero) says, "Remember, pards, crime doesn't pay!"
    View panel
    Comic cover
    (Thanks to Qutime for the scans and information!)
  • House of Mystery #161 (September 1966)
    - The character of Robby Reed turns into the "Shadow-Man" (who looks very familiar...).
    Scroll to the bottom of this article
  • The Return of Tarzan, DC Comics Limited Collector's Edition #C-29 (1974)
    - This article mentions The Shadow's connection to Tarzan.
    Read the article here
  • Secret Origins #5 (January 2007)
    - In one article Roy Thomas mentions The Shadow as an antecedent to the Crimson Avenger.
  • Secret Origins of the Super DC Heroes by Dennis O'Neil (Crown Publishing Group, 1976)
    - The Shadow is mentioned as an antecedent, and is also noted in the crossovers.
  • Spy Smasher Vol 1, #1 (December 1940)
    - Check out the covers for Spy Smasher and Shadow Comics (#3, May 1940). Look familiar? Also, actor Kane Richmond had portrayed both characters on the big screen!
  • Stanley and his Monster #1 (Feb 1993)
    - The Shadow gets a brief mention along with Doc Savage.
    Look for The Shadow on the lower-left hand panel (He's behind Doc Savage)
    Read the article here
  • Steampunk (2001), Tome 1: Steampunk Manimatron (co-published with Cliffhanger Comics)
    - In chapter 2, the villain Absinthe says:
    "Fairy tale or fairly true..? Only the Shadow knows. Just an expression, Batcat. Just an expression. Shadows know nothing but how to block the light of truth."
    More on Steampunk
    (Thanks to Ben Evans for the information!)
  • Vigilante #48 (December 1987)
    - In the letters page (featuring Adrian Chase, Dave Winston, Alan Welles, et al.) someone suggested a Shadow team-up.
  • Wrath of The Spectre #3 (July 1988)
    - In a text article, it is noted that The Shadow was one of the DC series published at the time who used lethal force, including the Vigilante, the Green Arrow, and others.


Devil's Due Publishing
  • Hack/Slash #29 (Jan? 2010)
    - The charcters talk about a goup of people from the 1940s who were inspired by fictional heros such as The Shadow
    View it here - It's in the top right panel


Epic Comics
  • Marshall Law #1 (Oct 1987)
    - This comic book series, which featured a vigilante title character with superpowers, was a satire on superheroes. In this issue, a man dressed as The Shadow has the phrase "Who knows?" written on his clothing


Eternity Comics
  • The Verdict
    - The protagonist of this series had a group similar to the Moon Knight's Shadow Cabinet (see below in the Marvel section)
    View the covers


Fantagraphics Books
  • Amazing Heroes #29 (August 1983)
    - In an article about the comic book series Thriller, Robert Loren Flemming describes the group "The Seven Seconds" as similar to The Shadow's agents or Doc Savage's team.
    - More on Thriller
  • Amazing Heroes #119 (Jun 1987)
    - "Max Allan Collins notes that Wild Dog was intended as a modern version of the Shadow, but with the caveat that 'today, if you want to strike fear into people's hearts, don't dress like the Shadow, dress like Jason!' "


Icon Comics
  • Incognito #1 (Dec 2008)
    - This six-part series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips features pulp-inspired heroes and villians, including a Shadow-type character named Lazarus. The first issue also features an article on The Shadow by Jess Nevins
    Learn more about Incognito
    (Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


Image Comics
  • Total Sell Out (2003)
    - In this collection of comic strips and short stories by Brian Michael Bendis, he prints a fan drawing he did of The Shadow


Literacy Volunteers of Chicago (LVOC)
  • Quest for Dreams Lost (1987)
    - This one-shot comic book was produced as a fundrasier for LVOC. It featured variuous comic book characters (such as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) on a quest for lost items. Comic book character Wordsmith went on a search for The Shadow's ring.


Malibu Comics
  • Solitaire
    - This character had an army of agents similar to Marvel's Moon Knight's Shadow Cabinet


Marvel Comics
  • Amazing Spider-Man #101 (Oct 1971), "A Monster Called ... Morbius!"
    - Peter Parker thinks of protagonists who sought to instill fear in their foes, including the Batman, the Spider, and The Shadow
  • Amazing Spider-Man #262 (Mar 1985), "Trade Secret!"
    - Lamont Cranston is mentioned
  • Cloak and Dagger
    - The Old Man, a hat-and-cloak-wearing portal guardian in this series, looks to be an homage to The Shadow.
    - More information and picture
  • Daredevil #124 (Aug 1975)
    - Copperhead is a villian of Daredevil's whose weaponry and appearance was inspired by a fictional pulp hero. This pulp version of Copperhead was an hommage to The Shadow, Doc Savage, and The Black Bat.
    - More information and picture
  • Daredevil #157 (Mar 1979)
    - Features a villain named "Death-Stalker" who is similar in appearance to The Shadow. The subtitle near the top left of the cover reads: "Death stalks the Shadows"
    Cover | Detail
    - More on the Death-Stalker
    (Thanks to Abel Diaz for the information and pictures!)

  • Destroyer #1 (Nov 1989)
    - Remo Williams, a mystically enhanced martial artist and the protagonist in a series of novels by Warren Murphy, was adapted for Marvel Comics. In this issue, Remo refers to himself as slipping through an alley "like Lamont Cranston"
    - View the cover
  • The Invaders #1 (June 1975)
    - written by Roy Thomas and Don Glut
    - In the giant-size issue, Captain America, upon being surrounded by several figures in overcoats, remarks to his sidekick, Bucky (James Barnes): "Behind you kid! More jokers making like The Shadow!".
    - More on The Invaders
  • Iron Man
    - Like The Shadow, Iron Man also had an archenemy who was a direct descendant of Ghengis Khan. He is called "The Mandarin".
    - More on the Mandarin
  • Iron Man #302 (Mar 1994), "Oil and Gold"
    - Venom recited the "who knows what evil" line (specifically, "We know the evil that men do")
    - View here - Scroll down to the picture where Venom is grabbing a guy by the throat
  • Marvel Preview #16 (Fall 1978)
    - Hodiah Twist, a Sherlock Holmes homage character, is asked by a boy if he is like "Doc Savage or The Shadow".
    - More on Hodiah Twist
  • Marvel Vision (Apr 1998)
    - An interview with comic book writer Gerry Conway revealed that The Shadow had an influence on his writing
  • Marvel Year-In-Review (1992)
    - Noted (jokingly) that Marc Spector rented the Shadow Cabinet from Lamont Cranston (see Moon Knight below)
  • Marvels #1 (Jan 1994)
    - In one panel, there are two men in the audience watching a newsreel in a theater. One of them resembles Doc Savage, and the other is a familiar-looking hawk-nosed man
  • Moon Knight Series
    The Moon Knight series had several homages to the Shadow, including having a Shadow Cabinet.
    - "Moon Knight, created as foe for the Werewolf by Night series at Marvel, has appeared in his own and other Marvel series. Moon Knight, reformed mercenary Marc Spector, initially set up the identity of wealthy man about town Steven Grant (mirroring Kent Allard posing as Lamont Cranston). In 1992-1994 published issues (as well as possibly earlier issues), Moon Knight conferred with a group of informants he called the Shadow Cabinet. Moon Knight#39 came out in June 1992."
  • Mystery Men (Jan 2012)
    Written by David Ziss and illustrated by Patrick Zircher, this Marvel graphic novel set in the 1930s features characters inspired by The Shadow, The Rocketeer, and Doc Savage.
  • Night Raven Series
    - In this article, it's noted that one of the issues featuring Night Raven's final battle with Yi Yang (issue# and year unknown at this point), you can see copy of the Shadow magazine in a dustbin in one of the panels. (Note: The article also gives more information on Night Raven himself)
    - Alan Moore, who wrote some of the Night Raven stories, often referenced The Shadow. You can read the text versions of the stories on this site (just scroll down to the Night Raven section). Please note that you'll need to download the "comic book reader" to do so.
    • Night Raven: "The Cure", Marvel Super-Heroes #390-391, Marvel UK 1982
    • Night Raven: "White Hopes...", Marvel Super-Heroes #392-393, Marvel UK 1983
    • Night Raven: "Sadie's Story", Marvel Super-Heroes #394-395, Marvel UK 1983
    • Night Raven: "Anaesthetic", The Daredevils #6, Marvel UK 1983
    • Night Raven: "Snow Queen", The Daredevils #7-10, Marvel UK 1983
  • Super-Villain Team-Up #6 (June 1976)
    - According to Steven Englehart (link below), The Shroud (created for this issue) was a combination of The Shadow and Batman.
    - More information and cover scan here
  • X-Men and Spider-Man: Time's Arrow Book 2 by Tom DeFalco and Adam-Troy Castro (Berkley 1998)
    - Set in an alternate universe and features a scene where several characters are freed from stasis, including The Shadow (Lamont Cranston).

(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)

 


Comic Strips

The following newspaper comic strips also featured The Shadow in one way or another. (Note: All comic strips are copyright of their respective cartoonists)



The French Connection
Did you know that the French had their version of The Shadow named "Judex" (latin for "judge")? Created by Louis Feuillade and Arthur Bernède, Judex wore a slouch hat and cloak, used hypnotic powers, stealthily appeared and vanished as he wished, had an organization who helped him out, and a secret lair. Sound familiar? Judex's first appearance was in a movie serial in 1917. During the Second World War in June 1940, Judex resurfaced in comic strips. In reality, it was the French translation of The Shadow comic strips from America! As both characters were similar, they just changed the name.
More information on Judex (Scroll down to the comics section)
(Thank you to Jean-Marc Lofficier for this information!)



Calling The Shadow
In Calling Tracy: Six Decades of Dick Tracy (Movie Publisher Services, 1990), author James Van Hise mentions that on the radio show version of this famous comic strip, the policeman had met a person using the alias "the Unknown". This character is seems to be similar to The Shadow.

Calling The Shadow...again
Dick Tracy: Secret Files (Tor Books, 1990), is a collected series of short stories from various authors presented by Max Allan Collins and Martin Harry Greenburg. Check out page 75 of the story "Cereal Killer" by Rex Miller, which features the character of Junior listening to The Shadow radio show.

Calling ...Shrevvy
Even The Shadow's trusted agent gets a nod here - just sroll down to the second comic strip and look for Shrevvy's cabbie ID in the second panel of the strip.
(Thank you to Clyde Vincent for this information!)

 


You know you're famous when you're being spoofed...

There is a spoof of The Shadow's powers in Mad Magazine®. The Shadow (renamed "Shadowskeedee Boom-Boom") made a few appearances in Mad. One strip was featured in a paperback book entitled "Mad Strikes Back" (1976).

The Mad Magazine spoof of the Bill Murray movie, "Groundhog Day", renamed "Groundhog Deja Vu" (Mad #321, Sep 1993), featured a cameo of The Shadow. (Thank you to Clyde Vincent for this information!)

Another spoof appeared in the December 1994 issue (#332) of Mad, in which the Simpsons review "The Lion King" (renamed the "The Lion's Kin"). Bart cruelly insults Alec Baldwin (in Shadow costume) about the number of people who went to see his movie.
View it here (it's on the bottom right of the page)
The full article can be found at the Furry Humor Archive

And if that's not enough, Mad Magazine has a recurring feature called "The Shadow Knows" featuring "people putting up acceptable social behaviors as a facade while their shadows acted out what they wanted to do but for social disapproval"
(Thank you to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



As if the Simpsons haven't had enough of poking fun at The Shadow, in the comic book series "Simpsons Comics Presents Bart Simpson" (#17, Bongo Comics, 2004), we see the "Mystery Gunman", a Depression-era hero vigilante who closely resembles the Master of Darkness himself, in the issue "Legends of the Bartman Family". Unlike The Shadow, he had a bit of trouble solving puzzles, even crosswords! (Thank you to Gabriel for this information!)
See more of the Mystery Gunman here and here.



In 1967, Pow comics from the UK introduced this Shadow-inspired character called "The Cloak". The Cloak was a secret agent who worked for a mysterious boss known as "Chief", and fought criminals such as "Deathshead" and "Road Hog". Similarities between The Shadow and The Cloak not only included similar costumes, but secret sanctums as well. Interestingly enough, on the wall of The Cloak's sanctum, there is a picture of The Shadow with the words "My Hero" written on it! (Thank you to Phil Bledsoe for this information!)
More information on The Cloak



What if The Shadow had a bill and webbed feet? Jim Steranko's pop-media tabloid, Mediascene (#25, 1977) answers that question with "The Waddler" (alter-ego Kent Mallard), done by George Chastain. (Thank you to Doug Rice for this information and the cover scan!)
Mediascape Cover
The Waddler Magazine pulp cover spoof by George Chastain from his site



Marvel Comics produced a series called "What the..?!" in the late 1980s and early 1990s as a way of poking fun at their superheroes such as Spider-Man and the X-Men. The Shadow makes an odd cameo in one issue (#5, July 1989, Page #6) in a story called "Wake up and Shoot the Coffee", a parody about the meeting of Wolverine and The Punisher:
View it here (scroll down to the "Unacknowledged Crossovers" section)
'The first panel is completely black, except for an evil pair of eyes looking out. We learn that It is the villain Ten-Pin (a spoof of the Kingpin) gloating over the heroes' predicament while hiding in the shadows.

The second panel is the same as the first, but the bottom of the panel there is a note from the artist, who says he has to get more black ink. The "hiding in the shadows" speech from Ten-Pin continues (can't see this one coming, can you?)

In the third panel, the Ten-Pin is revealed to us, surrounded (of course) by Shadows: comical little men in black cloaks and hats with large cartoony noses. The Ten-Pin is kicking one of them out of the way, screaming, "Out of the way, Shadows! You're blocking the Ten-Pin's view!"
'
(Thanks to Don for this information!)
And Marvel's not done yet. "What The..?!" #6 (January 1990) featured a story called "The Secret Origin", "spoofing the Batman's origin by having someone sitting in a room trying to come up with a guise to battle crime in. That person has a portrait of The Shadow on the wall."
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)
View it here (scroll down to the "Unacknowledged Crossovers" section)



And now, for another parody:
Weird Heroes: Volume 1 (1975), edited by Byron Preiss and published by Pyramid books. This book was the first in a series that collected new short stories in the style of the old pulps. In fact, the sub-title was "A New American Pulp". Most of the stories were quite good, but the best was "Greatheart Silver in Showdown at Shootout" by Phillip Jose Farmer [who also wrote The Adventure of the Peerless Peer - see "The Shadow in Fiction" below].
This time out, Farmer either got permission first, or got away with it because it is a parody. Either way, it is a wonderfully funny adventure in which all the old pulp heroes and villains (with slightly changed names, such as Doc Ravage and his aides Chimp and Pork) get together for one last showdown. The main character of the story, Greatheart Silver, is being trained as a private detective/security agent by a man named Fenwick Phwombley (a take off on the Shadow's old man disquise of Phineas Trombley).
In describing Phwombly's appearance we are told that he is tall, with a huge curved nose and eyes that burned as if he were 20 years old. Phwombly tells Silver that he was a spy in World War One, served the Czar and was given a priceless ring (one of the pulp stories indicates this is where the Shadow got his Girasol Ring). He also says he once belonged to the Radium Club (Lamont Cranston belonged to the Cobalt Club).
The following quotes from the end of that chapter removes all doubt as to Phwombly's true identity:

"Listen," Greatheart said, "You surely can't be…?"
Phwombley burst loose with a mocking maniacal laugh that chilled Greatheart's skin. "Yes, I'm the only one who knows the evil that men have in their hearts!"
Greatheart was stunned with awe.

(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for this information!)


The Discworld series, by Terry Pratchett, began as a parody of fantasy novels and eventually became a satire on pratically everything else. In "The Truth" (Doubleday, 2000) we find The Shadow's famous words on page 401:
WHO KNOWS WHAT EVIL LURKS IN THE HEART OF MEN?

The Death of Rats looked up from the feast of potato.

SQUEAK, he said.

Death waved a hand dismissively. WELL, YES, OBVIOUSLY
ME, he said. I JUST WONDERED IF THERE WAS ANYONE ELSE.
(In case you're wondering, "The Death of Rats" is like the Grim Reaper for the rodents. "The Death of Rats" exists separately from Death himself, even though he is a part of Death. See the Discworld Compendium below for a full description.)

Another Terry Pratchett book, "Night Watch" (Doubleday, 2002) revisits The Shadow:
These are from 'Night Watch', a book about a bloody revolution as seen through the eyes of Sam Vimes, commander of of Ankh-Morpork's rudimentary police force.

Page 211, as Vimes faces down a murderous crowd:
Who knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men? A copper, that's who. After ten years, you thought you'd seen it all, but the shadows always dished up more.

Page 234, as he releases battered prisoners from a dungeon:
Who *really* knew what evil lurked in the heart of men?
ME.
Who knew what sane men were capable of?
STILL ME, I'M AFRAID.
Vimes glanced at the door of the last room. No, he wasn't going in there again. No wonder it stank here....
YOU CAN'T HEAR ME, CAN YOU? OH. I THOUGHT YOU MIGHT, said Death, and went back to waiting.
(Note: Death is the one speaking in capital letters.)

(Thanks to Planetloud for this information!)

For more information:
Terry Pratchett Books - Set up by HarperCollins, Pratchett's American publishers, it's a good place to start for the uninitiated (like me). Includes book list, news, and more.
The Discworld Compendium - Includes synopses, quotes, character descriptions, author info, links, and more. Another good site.

 


The Shadow...in a Kid's Book?

The Shadow (from the radio) makes an appearance in "Angel Square" a children's novel by Brian Doyle (published by Groundwood Books, 1986). Set during the post World War II era in Ottawa, Canada, the story follows a young boy named Tommy who enjoys listening to his hero, The Shadow, on the radio. Even his nickname among friends is "Lamont Cranston". When his best friend's father is assaulted by a masked man, Tommy plays amatuer slueth (much like Lamont) to solve the mystery. Meanwhile, he tries to earn some money for Christmas presents, and attempts to win the affections of his new classmate named Margo Lane. The radio show "The Devil Takes a Wife" is featured in an early chapter. The movie version of the book was released in Canada in 1990, and was directed by Anne Wheeler. In this case, The Shadow was replaced by a fictional radio crimefighter with psychic powers, called "The Mystic", and the Margo Lane character was renamed "Loretta Wood".
Here's another fun tidbit: filming of "Angel Square" was done in the Webmistress's old home town of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. In fact, one of the actors (who played a minor role) attended the same school as the Webmistress! (By the way, I don't know him too well.)



Another book featuring The Shadow is "The Shadow Nose" by Elizabeth Levy and illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein (published by William Morrow and Company, 1983). Set in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of New York City, Lamont Shapiro (named after Lamont Cranston from the radio show) finds himself the chief suspect when paintings of people's shadows begin appearing around the area. First, the local basketball player finds his shadow painted onto the neighbourhood basketball court, then the bag lady discovers a permanent silhouette of her shopping cart on an alley wall. As more shadow paintings appear, the neighbours find it hard to not point the finger at Lamont; after all, he's a really good artist like his father, and wasn't he named after The Shadow's alter ego? Lamont must work fast to ummask the phantom painter and clear his name, not to mention claiming the $100 reward in the process!
Front Cover | Back Cover



"Who Was That Masked Man, Anyway?" by Avi (HarperTrophy, Feb 1994) is set during WWII and revolves around 12-year-old Franklin "Frankie" D. Wattleson who is a huge fan of radio shows. Told through radio show excerpts, Frankie investigates a suspicious upstairs boarder, and plays matchmaker to his brother and his sixth grade teacher.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)

 


Now you See Him....

Well, they both wear black...
This comic book character resembles The Shadow, but is actually quite different...



And you thought "Where's Waldo" was challenging
Did The Shadow really make an appearance in DC's "Kingdom Come"? Well, yes, but you have to look carefully....

 


The Scholarly Shadow

The Shadow and geometry. Who would've thought. In the textbook, "Discover Geometry: An Inductive Approach", by Michael Serra (published by Key Curriculum Press, 1997 ), there is a chapter entitled "The Shadow Knows" (page 606). It deals with shadows and how they would relate to the objects that form them. Nice title by the way!
(Thanks to David Rodriguez for this information!)

 


The Shadow and The Bat

Want more evidence that Batman was inspired by The Shadow? Here it is:

When DC comics had the rights to The Shadow, they did a couple of books in which Batman meets The Shadow (and indicates to him that he was Bruce's inspiration for Batman. [A fact that] Bob Kane (Batman's creator) had also admitted to. In fact, the early Batman strips shows him carrying a .45!)

Recently, as part of their "Elseworlds" series, DC comics released a BATMAN book entitled "Detective 27". Briefly, "Bruce Wayne in 1937 is being trained to become a part of a great legacy of detectives and is trained by several unnamed, but familiar looking, fictional detectives (Nick and Nora Charles, Sam Spade, etc). At one point in the story he is being sent oversees for further training and Alfred tells him to not forget to look up his (Bruce's) father's old war buddy. As the plane is departing, Alfred is thinking about this "war buddy" and thinks "Power to Cloud Men's Minds, indeed." Later on in the story, Bruce actually uses the ability to escape from a cell.

(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for this information!)
Here's more:
[Bruce Wayne] is taken into a room full of these detectives not named but clearly shown are Dick Tracy, Nero Wolfe, The Hardy boys...in the next panel Bruce points to a man who clearly has the silhouette of The Shadow. Bruce remarks "You really did Shadow me all this time"
The Crimson avenger is walking next to Bruce and he answers for the man "Shadow hardly." (The Avenger nods at the man)

To further make a connection later in the story, Bruce is trapped in and insane asylum and escapes by hypnotizing the guard into thinking he is not there. Before Bruce does this he remarks, "I never thought I would use the hypnotizing technique I learned of 'Clouding men's minds'"

(Thanks to Matt Dennion for this information!)


In Dennis O'Neil's novel, "Helltown" (Warner Books, 2006), Batman acknowledges an old mentor on page 215.
"How about the fellow who advised you? The one with the laugh."

"Alfred, he's ninety-five. And besides, he's a bit too bloodthirsty for me."
(Thanks to Qutime for this information!)


And did you know they're interchangeable as well?
Detective Comics (#500 March 1981) contains a text adventure of The Batman entitled "Gray Face". The story was written by Walter (Maxwell Grant) Gibson, creator of The Shadow and is written in the style of an old pulp novel. If you change the name of Bruce Wayne to Lamont Cranston and The Batman to The Shadow (and make a few allowances for their different styles) it reads like a Shadow adventure.
(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for this information!)


Quite the Inspiration
In James Van Hise's Batmania II (Movie Publisher Services, May 1992), about all things Batman, Frank Miller mentioned reading and enjoying The Shadow and The Spider.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



So That's Where He Got it From....
In the short story "Penumbra" by Chris Roberson, from the short story collection Tales of the Shadowmen 1: The Modern Babylon, edited by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (Black Coat Press, 2005), features Judex (see "The French Connection" in the "Comic Strip" section above) and hints that Martha Wayne had an affair with The Shadow that produced Bruce!
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)

 


The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes

The Shadow, Sherlock Holmes, and Tarzan. Who would've thought...

The Adventure of the Peerless Peer was written by Philip Jose Farmer in 1974 and published by Dell Books. It purports to be a "lost" Sherlock Holmes adventure in which Holmes and Watson are sent to Africa in 1918 by the British government to locate Lord Greystoke (aka Tarzan of the Apes). They are being transported by several aviators. One of them is described as follows: "Watson" writes "The fellow certainly looked eccentric. He wore……a long black opera cloak and a big black slouch hat. From under its floppy brim burned two of the most magnetic and fear-inspiring eyes I have ever seen. ….the size and aquilinity of the nose beneath them….could have belonged to Cyrano de Bergerac."
Farmer, as the "editor" adds the following footnote: The description of this man certainly fits that of a notable crime fighter operating out of Manhattan in the '30's and '40's. If he is who I think he is, then one of his many aliases was Lamont Cranston." It is a fun read, but unfortunately, because Farmer did not secure permission to use the characters from their respective copyright holders, it was pulled shortly after it was released and is very rare.

(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for this information!)
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Holmes and Gibson
"Sherlock Holmes and the Houdini Birthright" by Val Andrews (Breese Books, 1995)
In this pastiche Holmes and Watson, though long retired, travel to America to investigate the death of Harry Houdini. Among the many friends and acquaintances they interview is one Walter B. Gibson who tells Watson that he's a writer also but that he really wants to write for radio and has an idea for a character he calls "The Shadow".
As Gibson tells them "He is a mystery figure who observes and narrates amazing stories; just the thing for radio." which is what The Shadow did before he became a central character in his own right.

(Thanks to Chris for this information!)




Holmes and The Shadow...out there
"Sherlock Holmes Through Time and Space " by Isaac Asimov, Martin Greenberg, and Charles Waugh (Bluejay Books, 1984), features the story "God of the Naked Unicorn" by Richard Lupoff. In it, The Shadow is a member of a group called "PULP".
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



One and the Same
"The Perils of Sherlock Holmes " by Loren D. Estleman (Tyrus Books, 2012), features an article that speculates that The Shadow is actually Sherlock himself.
(Thanks to TP Cooke for this information!)

 


The Shadow of the Vampire

The Bloody Red Baron by Kim Newman. Published by Carroll and Graf Publishers in 1995.
This book is the second in a series that offers an alternative history in which (in the first book "Anno Dracula") we learn that Van Helsing and company were defeated by Dracula, who is now Prince Consort to Queen Victoria. Vampires have become "legal" citizens and operate in the open. Mr Newman uses both real and fictional characters of the times as supporting characters. (In the first book we learn that "The Great Detective" has been placed in a concentration camp. Lestrade is a vampire, although still a member of Scotland Yard. There is a reference to "that upstart Collins", who I believe is Barnabus from the old Dark Shadows series.)
In the second book, The Bloody Red Baron, we are now in World War One and Dracula has fled to Germany to aid the Kaiser in creating a Master Race of Vampires to rule the air. In the first chapter we are introduced to the Royal Flying Corps' Condor Squadron. One of the pilots (a vampire) is named Allard. He is described as a hollow-voiced American with a prominent nose. A black hat shaded his gaunt face, but his eyes burned in the dark. After he makes a comment about the method used to execute vampires in Russia, he is asked "Where do you get all this grue?"
"I make it my business to know evil things," said Allard, eyes like coals. Suddenly, for no reason, the American laughed. His throat-deep black chuckle grew into a resonant, mirthless explosion. Everyone, even the other vampires, cringe.

(Thanks to Earl Roggeman for this information!)
Front Cover | Book information

And yet more vampires...
Did you know that P.N. Elrod's original series of "The Vampire Files" was inspired by The Shadow? In fact, her main character, Jack Fleming, who is the vampire in question, not only reads the magazine and listens to the show on the radio, he also claims to be a friend of the author!
(Thanks to Lori for this information!)
Check out these sites for interviews with P.N. Elrod. Both of them mention The Shadow:
Author Spotlight at Simegen.com
P. N. Elrod Flexes Her Literary Muscles

Vampires in the White House
Christopher Farnsworth's "The President's Vampire" (Putnam Adult, 2011) features the character of Nathaniel Cade, a vampire who has been serving as a government covert agent for the last 140 years. The Shadow gets a quick nod in this novel in this passage: "rumors of a similar shadowy creature preying on criminals in the 1930s and 1940s are probably urban legends"
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)

 


The Shadow in Fiction

Clouding Minds
Gene Wolfe's upcoming pulp thriller An Evil Guest features characters who can cloud men's minds, as reviewed in Neil Gaiman's blog.
Read it here.
(Thanks to Planetloud for this information!)



Collecting The Shadow
Bill Pronzini wrote a short story entitled The Man Who Collected "The Shadow" (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 1971)
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Dark Ladies
Fritz Leiber's Our Lady of Darkness (Putnam Pub Group, 1977) features the "evil that lurks in the hearts of men" phrase.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



A Little Visit....
In Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49 (J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1966), one of the characters, Pierce Inverarity, takes on The Shadow's abilities.
"I heard that," Pierce said. "I think it's time Wendell Maas had a little visit from The Shadow."

Silence, positive and thorough, fell. So it was the last of his voices she ever heard. Lamont Cranston. [...] Memories of his face, body, things he'd given her, things she had now and then pretended not to've heard him say.
(Thanks to Daniel Sagolla for this information!)



Master of Horror Meets Master of Darkness
Looks like Stephen King may be a Shadow fan. In the novella Rage (Signet Books, 1977), written as Richard Bachman, there's a line in a story that goes: "I decided to make like Lamont Cranston and cloud a few minds and then bug out." In the short story "Low Men in Yellow Coats" from Hearts in Atlantis (Scribner, 1999), there's also a line that states: "The majority of people don't even see them unless they are very, very close. Its almost as if they have the power to cloud men's minds, like The Shadow on that old radio program."
(Thanks to Corey Guigelaar for this information!)



A Quick Mention
On the back cover of Robert J. Randisi's Steinway Collection (Paperjacks, 1988) has the blurb "Not even the Shadow knows"
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



What's in a Name
In F. Paul Wilson's Implant (Tor Books, 2008), "a plastic surgeon conducts a vendetta against hypocritical members of Congress. The surgeon's victims includes Congressmen Hugo Lane and Kenneth Allard, and Senator Harold Vincent. The names of the victims are derived from Margo Lane, Kent Allard and Harry Vincent from The Shadow pulp novels"
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)

Having a "Shadow" Moment
Don Pendleton's Mack Bolan: Grave Mercy (Gold Eagle, 2011) finds the title character Bolan wearing a red scarf while slipping through the darkness:
"For a moment, hiding in the shadows, Bolan had the mental image of another man, similarly disguised, fighting in Darkness. It may have been a misremembered pulp magazine from the soldier's youth, or it might have been a vision from another life, another trip around the cycle of death and rebirth."
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


Do they cloud minds too?
One of the teams in E.L. Doctorow's Billy Bathgate (Random House, 1989) is called "The Shadows".
(Thanks to TP Cooke for the information!)


Not too popular here
In the novel World's Fair (Random House, 1985) by E.L. Doctorow, there's an unflaterring view of The Shadow:
[Lamont] Cranston himself I thought a little slow-moving; he was fairly sedentary, as compared, say, with the Green Hornet, who could probably lick him in a fight if they went at it visibly. I didn’t think of the Shadow as being able to jump rooftops or climb ropes or run very fast. On the other hand, why should he have to? Also, I wondered about his restraint when he could become invisible anytime he chose. I wondered if he ever took advantage of women, as I surely would. Did he ever watch Margo Lane go to the bathroom? I knew that if I had the power to be invisible I would go into the girls’ bathroom at P.S. 70 and watch them pulling their drawers down. I would watch women take their clothes off in their homes and they wouldn’t even know I was there. I wouldn’t make the mistake of speaking up or making a sound, they would never even know I had been there. But I would forever after know what they looked like. The thought of having this power made my ears hot. Yes, I would spy on naked girls but I would also do good. I would invisibly board a ship, or, better still, a China Clipper, and I would fly to Germany and find out where Adolf Hitler lived. I would in absolute safety, and with no chance of being caught, go to Hitler’s palace, or whatever it was, and kill him. Then I would kill all of his generals and ministers. The Germans would be going crazy trying to find the invisible avenger. I would whisper in their ears to be good and kind, and they would thereafter be thinking God had been speaking. The Shadow had no imagination. He never looked at naked women nor thought of ridding he world of dictators like Hitler or Mussolini. If his program hadn’t been on a Sunday afternoon, I would probably not have listened to it.”
Read a longer excepert here
(Thanks to TP Cooke for the information!)

 


The Shadow in Fantasy and Other Pulps

Pulp-loving Elves
John M. Ford's The Last Hot Time (Tor Books, 2001) envisions a modern-day Chicago which happens to be the border between our world and the world of the Elves. One of the Elves, Mr. Patrise, "has a fascination for old-fashioned adventure and pulp fiction. Near the end of the story, he throws a costume ball at which one participant is described in a distinctive slouch hat, cloak, and brace of silver pistols".
(Thanks to Phil Bledsoe for the information!)



Stranger and...
In Nightmare: Doctor Strange - Master of the Mystic Arts (Pocket, 1979) by William Rotsler, Doctor Strange finds a dreamscape where The Shadow and Sherlock Holmes get slain by King Kong. (I am not making this up!)
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)



Parallel Universe Shadow
Sidhe-Devil (Baen, 2001), the second book in a series featuring Doc Sidhe by Aaron Allston, takes place in 1930s "Fair World": a parallel universe that is a half magic, half myth version of our world. Doc Sidhe, if you've guessed, is the Fair World's version of Doc Savage. In this novel, a man from our world goes over and becomes the Fair World version of The Shadow.
(Thanks to P.J. for the information!)



When Pulp Characters get Together...
The short story collection Tales of the Shadowmen 1: The Modern Babylon, edited by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (Black Coat Press, 2005), features pulp heroes and villians from France, Britain and the United States. Not surprisingly, The Shadow makes a cameo appearance. In "The Vanishing Devil" by Win Scott Eckert, villian Doctor Natas mentions an encounter with a man named Allard. To avoid copyright violation, the author had to work in the homage by having the mastermind penetrate layers of dual identities.
In "Penumbra" by Chris Roberson, The Shadow teams up with French vigilante Judex to stop the Vampires (from the French silent movie serial, "Les Vampires").
Also check out the cover of this novel; it features a familiar-looking hero with a hat and cloak pointing a pair of automatics.
More on Tales of the Shadowmen
Official book site from Black Coat Press
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information on "The Vanishing Devil" and Doug Rice for the information on "Penumbra" and the cover picture!)


When Pulp Characters get Together (Part 2)...
Another story collection Tales of Masks and Mayhem, by K. G. McAbee (Mystic Toad Press, 2005), features reprints of stories from Fading Shadow's "Double Danger Tales", plus other stories with new pulp heroes. In "Crimson Harvest" by Therese Drippé and Tom Johnson, pulp hero The Black Bat (Tony Quinn) faces a mastermind called the Jaguar. Snix, one of the Jaguar's men recalls losing an uncle to an aggressor with a chilling laugh. Sound familiar?
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


When Pulp Characters get Together (Part 3)...
The Shadow of Judex, edited by Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier (Black Coat Press, 2013), features a story involving "The Shadow, Judex (A french vigilante much like the Shadow) and Arsene Lupin battling Prunceface and Grun from the G-8 series. The story [also] shows Kent Allard's transformation from The Black Eagle to The Shadow."
(Thanks to Matt Dennion for the information!)


Too similar? The lawyers think so (...well, in the book anyways)
Kim Newman's The Quorum (Running Press, 1995) features a fictional British comic book character named Dr. Shade. This character was first introduced in Newman's short story "The Original Dr. Shade". In describing Dr. Shade's fictional publishing history, the author "performs a 'Lampshade Hanging' by mentioning that The Shadow's publishers once sued over the resemblance".
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


The Devil you Know
[John L.] French in the late 1990’s had created the Devil (alias Frank Devlin) for Tom Johnson’s modern pulp fanzines. The Devil stories were collected in THE DEVIL OF HARBOR CITY (Wild Cat Books, 2004). Although set in modern times, the stories contain various allusions to the classic pulp heroes. "Enter the Devil" has Devlin being asked to become a vigilante by the Harbor City Police Commissioner. Devlin asks these questions: "Well now, do you want me dressing up as a bat or a spider or something? Or should I just try to blend in with the shadows?"

(Thanks to Clyde Vincent and Rick Lai for the information! The abbreviated quote above is posted with Mr. Lai's permission)


Shadowy Adventures in NYC
The Nyclatope Steps In (Black Coat Press, 2011) Features a crossover with The Nyclatope (a French pulp hero) and The Shadow, Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, Dr. McNider and Tony Quinn (aka Dr. Midnite and The Black Bat) in the short story "The Nyctalope's New York Adventure" by Stuart Shiffman.
Check it out here
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


The Manticore Strikes!
The Sting of the Silver Manticore by P.J. Lozito (Pro Se, 2012) pays homage to the pulp heroes and archetypes of that era, and features a crime-fighting Shadow-inspired hero.
More on P.J. Lozito and The Silver Manticore
(Thanks to PJ for the information!)


 


The Shadow in Mystery/Crime and Thriller Fiction and Non-Fiction

Whodunit?
In the book, "Those Who Trespass" by Bill O'Reilly, homicide detective Tommy O'Malley is investigating a string of high-profile murders in the world of television news. In one scene, a tabloid reporter is questioning O'Malley about the most recent murder. She asks him who the killer is, and O'Malley replies, "Only the Shadow knows."
(Thanks to Michael M. for this information!)


Detective Lamont
Peter Straub's Mystery (Signet, 1991) features a character named Lamont von Heilitz, a once famous detective, who claims that he was the inspiration for The Shadow. "His exploits, he explains, served as a launch point for Walter B. Gibson's imagination."
(Thanks to Keith Holt for this information!)



Murder on the Air
In The War of the Worlds Murder (Berkley, 2005), author Max Allan Collins brings together Walter B. Gibson and Orson Welles on the night of the infamous 1938 "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast. When Welles's mistress is discovered dead in the next room, everyone — including Welles — is a suspect. Like The Shadow, Gibson turns slueth to uncover the real killer.
(Thanks to Michael for this information!)



Shadow-Inspired
One look at the front over of brothers Chris and William Carney's The Adventures of the Scarlet Shroud (Wildcat, 2007), and there's no denying that The Shadow was one of their title character's chief inspirations (The Spider and The Phantom Detective have also made their marks as well). Armed with a pair of .45s, and with a team of allies including an inventor, a pilot, and an Assistant District Attorney, The Scarlet Shroud is ready to bring justice to criminals everywhere.
View Back Cover and Synopsis
(Thanks to Phil Beldsoe for this information and Qutime for the back cover scan!)



Movie Mention
Rich Rainey's "Protector" series (Protector Series No. 2, Pinnacle Books, June 1983) about a crime-fighter in New York City, the characters mention seeing the "Bourbon Street Shadows" at theater as a double bill
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Recognized by Mobsters Everywhere...sort of
War Against the Mafia by Don Pendleton (Pinnacle Books, 1988) featured "two mobsters are talking about a theft from one of their businesses. One of them says "How did he know?", the other responds "He's the f-ing Phantom, the f-ing Phantom knows everything" to which yet another mobster admonishes him by noting "That is the f-ing Shadow." "
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Up in the air
In Headwind by John J. Nance (Jove, 2002), a former US President finds himself wanted for arrest by Interpol on a false accusation brought on by an old foe. This foe, a lawyer, is described as such:
The President shook his head. "As I told you last night, never underestimate Stuart Campbell. He's a genuine Lamont Cranston, with the ability to cloud men's minds."

Jay looked puzzled. "Who?"

John Harris smiled. "Lamont Cranston. You have to be over fifty to remember the name, Jay. An old radio show."
(Thanks to Planetloud for this information!)



May the best pulp author win
Set in 1937, Paul Malmont's The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril (Simon & Schuster, 2007) finds Walter B. Gibson and Lester Dent embroiled in their very own real-life msyteries: the rumoured murder of H.P. Lovecraft, and a killing in Chinatown.
Front Cover | Back Cover
(Thanks to Doug Rice for this information!)



Perhaps he knows...
Diane Johnson's The Shadow Knows (Knopf, 1974) features a recently divorced mother who is tormented by disturbing phone calls and other chilling messages (a strangled cat, and a bloody axe in her door). Though this novel does not feature The Shadow himself, the title is most likely an homage to the radio show.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



The Owl and The Shadow
In the Mystery Lovers Companion (Random House Value Publishing, 1986), author Art Borgeau does a review of Robert L. Forward's book, The Owl (publisher?, 1989 - paperback version), in which he compares The Owl to The Shadow.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Code Breaking
Robert Littell's The Amateur (Penguin, 2007), about a CIA cryptographer who uses his skills to track down the assassins who murdered his fiancee in a terrorist attack, features a character with the nickname of "The Shadow", and another by the name of "Rutledge".
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)




Crime Fighter and Crime...Author?
The Mad Chopper (Pinnacle, 1998), about the real life story of a serial slasher is written by an author who coincidentally shares the same name as one of The Shadow's alter egos: Kent Allard. Ironic, no?
(Thanks to Paul Blanshard for this information!)




To F.O.G. Men's Minds
Michael Merrett's novel The F.O.G. (Xlibris, 2008) follows Samantha Palmer and her covert team (led by robotics genius Professor Steven Anderson) as they fight evil and injustice in a broken world. According to the offical Website, this novel is "[I]n the tradition of James Bond, Nick Fury and The Shadow."
Learn more about F.O.G. (Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Psych-ed
A tie-in novel to the TV series on USA Network, Psych: A Fatal Frame of Mind by William Rabkin (Signet, 2010), features one of the characters confusing the name of a professor with Lamont Cranston (the professor, who is known for his boring lectures, is actually named Langston Kitteredge)
Learn more about Psych (Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



The Sting of the Hornet
The Green Hornet Chronicles, a collection of short stories edited by Joe Gentile and Win Scott Eckert (Moonstone, 2010), features a story by CJ Henderson in which "the Green Hornet mocks a man, saying that this will man will serve as Michigan's equivalent of 'Dick Tracy, [the] Shadow'. (Note: The Green Hornet pretended to operate as a criminal for profit, hence this exchange.)"
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Supernatural Encounter
Justin Gustainis's Evil Ways (Solaris, 2009), has a quick nod to Lamont Cranston along with other fictional character cameos in this supernatural mystery.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


When Pulp Writers go Bad...
In Bill Pronzini's Hoodwinked (Speaking Volumes, 2011), the Nameless Detective is invited to a pulp convention in San Francisco to solve a case of blackmail...that is until a guest is murdered. Not surprisingly, The Shadow gets a nod on pages 15 and 57. The novel also mentions a "metafictional hero called the Spectre". Sound familiar?
(Thanks to TP Cooke for the information!)

 


The Shadow in Science Fiction

Post-Apocalypse Now
This book is called Magic Times: Ghostlands [Eos, 2004]. This is the third book in a trilogy written by Marc Zicree and three other authors. It concerns the world in the aftermath of an apocalypse brought on by a sinister top secret government experiment that went out of control ( rule #1: no one can keep control of a top secret experiment). The experiment apparently punched a hole to another dimension (never a good idea) and brought a strange force called " the source" into our world. The end result is technology as we know it ceases to work and much of the human race begins to evolve or devolve into other forms and many gain strange "magic" powers. The main character is Cal Griffin who, with his friends, sets out to rescue Cal's sister who was taken by the source.

Another character appearing in the first and third books is Larry Shango, a secret service agent initially charged by the President to find out what happened. After the President is murdered, Shango takes it upon himself to continue to track down the source project. It's in telling about Shango's childhood that The Shadow comes in. Larry Shango's father brought home some old radio shows from the flea market one day and it proved to be turning point in the child's life:

"But this wasn't hokey or a fast hustle. It was simply wonderful...Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men..... A man who could not be bought or swayed or corrupted, who stood for one pure, clear ideal, who could go anywhere, do anything... Because he could cloud men's minds....Sometimes it's like a penny dropping into a slot ...and you know you've found that one right thing to give your life over to."

And later:"...Why do you want to join the Secret Service? the form had asked. And of course he had not said, Because I want to be the Shadow, stupid." And in his trek around the post apocalyptic countryside, Shango wears a trench coat and a fedora.

(Thanks to Chris for this information!)

Mystery in another World
The Maze in the Mirror (Tom Doherty Associates, 1989) is the third book in Jack L. Chalker's sci-fi/mystery trilogy, "G.O.D. Inc" (G.O.D. by the way stands for General Ordering and Development). In this novel, there is a character named Lamont Cranston.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


Steampunk Shadow
The titular character from Ghosts of Manhattan (Pyr Books, 2010) by George Mann is billed as "the world's first steampunk superhero". The Ghost, as he is called, was inspired by superheros such as Batman and The Phantom. And of course, we all know who was one of the inspirations for Batman. The cover of the book also features a Shadow-like character. Coincidence?
Read the review here
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


Supporting Sci-Fi
German sci-fi pulp series Perry Rhodan by K.H. Scheer and Clark Dalton follows the adventures of U.S. Space Force Major Perry Rhodan and his crew. In Perry Rhodan #117 (Ace, 1977), on page 254, when describing the subscription feature, the blurb reads "The Shadow Knows. Yes, The Shadow Knows what a Great Deal it its to be a Subscriber to Perry Rhodan".
More on Perry Rhodan
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)


The Shadow in Non-Fiction

The Shadow in America
On page 145 of Jon Stewart's America The Book: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Warner Books, 2004), The Shadow is mentioned in the section on radio history.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)



Secret Listeners
James Carroll mentions in his book House of War: The Pentagon and the Disastrous Rise of American Power (Mariner Books, 2007) that he listened to the Shadow radio show.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for this information!)


 

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