The Shadow Monthly Poll
Which comic book artist (besides the ones listed on this site) should do the next Shadow comic series or graphic novel?
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me! Don't forget to read the rules,
As much as I love Neil Gaiman, I think I'd much prefer to see The
Shadow written by Frank Miller. Don't
care for Todd's writing at all though. Definitely Miller. Put him
on pencil duties as well. That'd be very very cool.
To be honest, the only way is to probably do a revamp of The Shadow
comics in Manga style. Why? The Japanese tend to get away with a lot
more violence and stuff. The man I believe would be preferable for
the job would be Kohta Hirano, the disturbed
mind behind the anime series known as Hellsing. Well the anime
quality is debatable, but the Manga leaves the fan thirsting for more.
However, if we wanted a hometown writer, I would recommend Aaron
Williams, the comic mind behind a pun-filled comic known as
PS 238 [about a school for children with metahuman abilities].
He can be serious if he truly wanted to, however I find his writing
enlightening and upbeat. (And for us Shadow fans, be sure to look
cause you'll be fairly surprised to find out who is in charge of the
Quite simply, the next artist to adapt The Shadow to a graphic novel
format should be Jim Steranko. Steranko
developed the American graphic novel form from the beginning with
his Chandler story, Red Tide and his work at Marvel
is legendary, to say the least. Most to the point, Steranko was a
personal friend of Walter Gibson and could, more than all the other
artists combined, bring the essence of the 'Master of Darkness' to
the page in a way never seen before. His cover art for the Pyramid
books reprint series (and revised art for the re-reprints) is ample
evidence of his almost over-qualification.
My hopes for the creative teams to produce a new Shadow comic or graphic
novel thus follows:
My criteria is based on (1) all the above are alive and working, and (2) they
are all tremendous comic book talents that I love and respect.
- Alex Ross (artist) and Ed
Brubaker (writer). Two of the top talents at DC Comics
of the last decade.
- Joe Kubert (artist and writer).
The man who gave real life to Tarzan and his world for DC in the
seventies, Joe is a master of mood and action and a faithful follower
of the authors word.
- Russ Heath (artist and writer)
[Worked on The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer]
- John & Marie Severin (aritists,
colorists, and writers). The brother and sister team has been
creating the best in comic art since the late forties, and still
- Gene Colan (artist) and Frank
Miller (writer). That's right, Frank Miller as writer.
Gene's recent work on The Spider gets my vote for pencils. Frank
conveys too much bulk for the starved-down depression era characters,
yet has a fatalist grasp on the writing, perfect for the period.
- Alan Moore (artist and writer).
Read From Hell [but don't see the movie version]. Any questions?
- Bernie Wrightson (artist and writer).
No other comic artist could bring enough torture to the tale.
- Neal Adams (artist) and Denny
O'Neil (writer). Seems like old times.
- Dan Clowes (writer/artist) or
Pete Bagge (artist/ writer). The
funniest version ever (or since Harvey Kurtzman parodied The Shadow
in Mad Magazine in the fifties)!
- James Bama (artist) and Roy
Thomas (writer). Heavy nostalgia, and a first for Bama.
- Jim Steranko (artist and writer).
"Nuff Said!" Old Marvel Bullpen adage.
I want to see Alex Ross do The Shadow
justice. I'd love to see his photo-realistic take on the character.
I'm POSITIVE it would knock the socks off of everybody, fan and non-fan