Tuesday, 23 September 2008
The Shadow. Radio. Mystery. Illustration. Poster 1930s.
"The Shadow knows the evil that lurks in the minds of men" The Shadow started as a radio announcer for Detective Story Hour, he became more popular than the stories he was introducing and became the main character. Written by Walter B Gibson and played by Orson Welles on radio [only for a year]. As well as the radio plays which ran from 1931 to 1954, The Shadow appeared in pulp magazines, serials and movies.
The character has that air of weirdness and mystery that I find really interesting, he had the ability to "cloud mens minds" to make himself invisible. There is a mixture of fantasy as well as detective mystery here that has similarities to Fantomas and Doc Savage, these characters are not super-heroes' but do have unnatural powers. They are prototype super-heroes and Lester Dent [writing as Kenneth Robeson] who created Doc Savage [to cash in on The Shadows success] could be said to have started the super-hero. I want to do more on both The Shadow and Doc Savage, so that gives me more projects to work on. I wasn't intending doing so much on the 1930s but its nice when ideas come and you just have to go with it don't you?