Happy 82nd Birthday To The Shadow!

I’m not sure how I missed this but it seems one of the greatest pulp characters of all time, The Shadow, turned 82 years old last Tuesday! I bet back on July 31st, 1930 when the Street and Smith’s Detective Hour debuted they never expected their mysterious narrator to become as big a hit as he did. The Shadow’s popularity led to his own magazine on April 31st, 1931 and continues to be an easily recognizable Pulp icon to this day.

If you are looking for a few ways to join in on the celebration make sure to check back later today for more Shadow inspired goodness or if you really want to get to know the character better perhaps you should head over to our friends at Radio Archives and order yourself some reprints of the classic pulps. I have 60 of them myself for what it’s worth and I have to say I look forward to each new release.

If you have a bit of time on your hands, why not take a seat in your favorite chair and listen to the legendary Orson Welles as he dons the cape and cowl of the dark avenger in this radio play entitled “Poison Death” from back in January 30th, 1938!

[Via] Percy Rodriguez1’s YouTube Channel


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3 thoughts on “Happy 82nd Birthday To The Shadow!

  1. David Lovejoy says:

    Happy Birthday to The Shadow! I revisit the classic episodes often on Sirius/XM Radio Classic or on one of the many nostalgia radio stations on the internet via TuneIn Radio.

  2. I spent many evenings in my college days listening to The Shadow on late night radio rebroadcasts. I also liked some of what DC Comics did with the character a few decades back.

  3. David, that sounds like a wonderful way to spend an evening!

    Magisterrex, do you mean the Howard Chaykin run on the Shadow?

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