The Shadow Monthly Poll
Which do you prefer: the pulp Shadow or the radio Shadow?
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Actually I like both. I, however, enjoy
radio more because they are very amusing to listen to this day and age
I prefer the pulp version because it seems
that there was more variety in the ways that the stories were told. Recognizing
the limitations of radio, The Shadow had to
fall into a formula and it did. After recently listening to 100 radio shows
in two weeks, the formula became very apparent very quickly. While I do
enjoy the radio shows and pick up new ones I do have, my first choice would
be a new Shadow pulp novel
I have read an almost all the books and I am working on the pulps. I have
heard a lot of radio programs done by different people and in different
years! I have seen the movies, I think all of them (unfortunately). And
without a doubt in my very biased opinion, the pulps
that were written by Gibson are the best of all !
I prefer the pulp version. It gives time
to develop the story with many impersonations made by "The Shadow."
He in reality was Kent Allard, the aviator. He was the famous "Black Eagle"
and impersonated many characters to accomplish his goal of justice. I think
that the TV show, "Mission Impossible," used the impersonations based on
The Shadow's character examples. They used the same technique to impersonate
and disguise, substituting persons. This idea could come from The Shadow.
Who else? Only The Shadow knows. They could develop the story line more
professionally and at the same using his agents gave more credibility to
his amazing and interesting stories.
The radio version did not have the opportunity to develop the story line. The time limit was too rigid. They had no time in the program to use the agents, i.e., Burbank, Harry Vincent, Cliff Marsland and others.