Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for THE SHADOW


  PULP FICTION late 1800s – mid 1950s


The Shadow is a vigilante crime fighter appearing in a wide variety of media. One of the most famous adventure heroes of the twentieth century,


Originally simply a mysterious radio narrator which hosted a program designed to promote magazine sales for Street & Smith Publications, The Shadow was developed into a distinctive literary character, later to become a pop culture icon, by writer Walter B. Gibson in 1931. The character has been cited as a major influence on the subsequent evolution of comic book superheroes, particularly Batman.

The Shadow debuted on July 31, 1930, as the mysterious narrator of the Street & Smith radio program Detective Story Hour developed in an effort to boost sales of Detective Story Magazine. When listeners of the program began asking at newsstands for copies of "That Shadow detective magazine", Street & Smith decided to create a magazine based around The Shadow and hired Gibson to create a character concept to fit the name and voice and write a story featuring him. The first issue of The Shadow Magazine went on sale on April 1, 1931, a pulp series.




Walter Brown Gibson (1897 – 1985) was an American author and best known for his work on the pulp fiction character The Shadow.  


Gibson, under the pen-name Maxwell Grant Maxwell Grant, wrote "more than 300 novel-length" Shadow stories, writing up to "10,000 words a day" to satisfy public demand during the character's golden age in the 1930s and 1940s. 



 He also authored several novels in the Biff Brewster juvenile series of the 1960s     
                                              


















Always, 
Em-Musing

8 comments:

Stepheny Houghtlin said...

Blog hopping from North Carolina and visiting late having decided to start WAY down the list thinking they wouldn't have much traffic. Delighted to find your theme and will try to catch up. I would like to follow you, ut by e-mail because I'm too busy to remember to check on Reader or some such thing. I don't see a way to do that. HELP. I have been writing about hotels and inns this #Challenge. Come for TEA on the T Day if you have time or interest.

Diane Weidenbenner said...

Is this where the quote, "Only the Shadow knows..." comes from? Interesting treatment of this genre. I found you through the A to Z Challenge. Just one more week to go! www.dianeweidenbenner.com

Deniz Bevan said...

Ooh, wait, I know the Shadow...from MAD Magazine! Hee hee!

Elizabeth Varadan, Author said...

My brother and I used to listen to that radio show, and it was really scary. Yes, to what Diane asked: that quote comes from the show.

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