View Single Post
Old 03-04-2008, 04:57 PM   #68
Kent Allard
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Virginia Beach, VA
Posts: 203
Default Re: The Shadow, the Phantom or Dick Tracy?

Originally Posted by Kevin Roegele View Post
...The Shadow was a radio show.
While there was a famous radio show based on The Shadow - that is not where the character was really created.

The Shadow was a pulp hero; The Shadow Magazine was published twice a month for the majority of the magazine's run. The famous radio show would debut only after the pulp fiction magazine had been published for 6 years.

Now before anyone comes along with 2 cents, yes the vague notion of a mysterious character called The Shadow first premiered on July 31, 1930 as a host/narrator for Street & Smith's Detective Story Hour. The host proved unexpectedly popular and some smart executive knew a great opportunity when he saw it. The creation of The Shadow as a character/property happened when Walter Gibson was paid to do so by S&S and made history.

Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
Kent Allard is offline   Reply With Quote