Wednesday, August 29, 2018

One Year Anniversary!

Today marks the one year anniversary of this Shadow blog.  I've been a fan of The Shadow for a little over a year and it has been a lot of fun writing and sharing about it here.

I sincerely thank each and every person who has taken time out of their day to read and take a look at my blog.  I hope you find it entertaining and informative!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Shadow Comics #11 - The Shadow Becomes Invisible

One area of The Shadow that I haven't had much opportunity to look into is The Shadow comics.  But I was looking at some of the covers to Shadow Comics and something on the cover of issue #11 caught my eye.  At the bottom left corner it states, "The Shadow shows in pictures how he becomes invisible!"  That immediately got my attention and new I had to dig into that!

I did some research and was able to determine that in Shadow Comics #11 (on sale April 25, 1941*) it is the first time in the comic series that The Shadow makes himself invisible just as he does on the radio show!  Prior to issue #11, The Shadow was more like the character from the pulps, using concealment and his cloak to hide.  But now in Shadow Comics #11, we have a turning point where The Shadow takes on the powers to cloud men's minds as he does on the radio show!  (Keep in mind that The Shadow radio show had just begun to air 4 years earlier in 1937.)  On a personal note, I think it's pretty cool how Vernon Greene drew The Shadow in light blue to indicate he's invisible!  

The first time The Shadow becomes invisible in Shadow Comics!

I was also able to find that in Shadow Comics #12 (on sale June 27, 1941*) The Shadow says he learned his powers in Tibet!  Now this is a little different from the radio show in which Lamont Cranston learned his powers in the Temple of The Cobras in India (from the radio show The Temple Bells of Neban).  

This was a lot of fun to research and I hope to be able to include more information in the near future about Shadow Comics.  

*According to Mike's Amazing World of Comics

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Brief Look At The Shadow's Sanctum

I'm a fairly new Shadow fan (having read my first Shadow story last year!) and I'm intrigued by The Shadow's sanctum.  I read the story Gray Fist yesterday and The Shadow's sanctum plays a big role in the story.  But what I really liked was from the first few paragraphs of the second chapter, that's where we are given an awesomely eerie description of The Shadow's sanctum.  Here it is:

The Shadow's sanctum is in a secret location in Manhattan.  As the description above states, it is a veritable vault!  The sanctum is where The Shadow works, communicates with Burbank, and also where he keeps his archives.  As I read more Shadow stories I'll learn more about the sanctum.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Press Kit for the 1994 The Shadow Movie

Here's a look at the official press kit for the 1994 The Shadow movie.  I was able to find a nice copy at a decent price and couldn't pass it up!

The press kit comes in a black folder with The Shadow and Universal on the cover.

There are 3 booklets (8 1/2 X 11) inside the folder.  These have the Universal logo in the upper left corner and The Shadow logo in the center.

Cast and Credits gives a detail list of everyone from the actors to the companies that provided the visual and special effects.

About The Shadow was written by David Chute and gives a background of The Shadow from the pulps to the radio show.  It's 9 pages of great information!

Production Information gives a synopsis of the film and brief biographies of the principle actors and crew (director, etc.).  I like this part from the first page, "This latest incarnation of The Shadow remains true to its pulp and radio roots, putting a contemporary spin on the best-remembered elements of the original."

The final part of the press kit is photos!  They are all black and white glossy prints with The Shadow logo on the bottom center and a brief description on the bottom right.  Here are a few examples.

The Shadow press kit was well put together.  If anyone wasn't familiar with the character, the press kit would have been a good introduction to him.  If you're a fan of The Shadow, and especially of the 1994 movie, I recommend getting a copy of it for your collection!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Shadow Short-Film

I ran across an awesome short-film made recently.  It's title is "The Shadow - A Modern Take on a Classic Comic Book Series."  The film runs a little over 20 minutes and I enjoyed every minute.

I won't go into much detail so as not to spoil it for you, but the film revolves around Harry Cranston, son of Margo and Lamont Cranston.  He has some of his dad's powers and his smoking automatics!  It's a good plot and an interesting story, especially to have it about The Shadow's son.  Another surprise is Martin Kove is in the film, I really like him as an actor.  

The link to this movie is below - hope you enjoy it!