I’m a fan of The Shadow. I have seen the movie, I have read the comics, I have an awesome Shadow figure, I tracked down some episodes on Spotify, and I loved Masks. You get the picture, I’m a fan of The Shadow. I just love his straight-forward-yet-somehow-mystical approach to fighting crime, it’s perfectly balanced.
I’m also a fan of The Internet Archive. I wrote a whole series on it, you should check it out, and then send them a donation.
I wanted to see what I could find for The Shadow in The Internet Archive, and I found days worth of content! If you’re interested in immersing yourself in The Shadow too, you’ll love this archive of almost half of the radio dramas! If you’re more of the reading type, enjoy The Five Chameleons, The Black Hush, and The Shadow Scrapbook. If you’re more of the watching type, enjoy The Shadow Strikes, Return of The Shadow, The Missing Lady, and The Invisible Avenger.
If you’re interested in learning more about The Shadow, all of that free content should be more than enough to keep you busy for a long time. If you just want a quick look into The Shadow’s world, and you prefer newer things, the latest movie is still too new to be in the Internet Archive, but it’s available to buy and rent on many platforms. It won’t be the greatest film you’ve ever seen, but I think you’ll enjoy it nonetheless.
Overall though, I hope you enjoy The Shadow as much as I do!
The weed of crime bears bitter fruit.
Masks is a very interesting mini series from writer Chris Roberson and artists Alex Ross and Dennis Calero. The premise is basically “The Avengers, but with pulp classic heroes.” New York has become shockingly totalitarian, and the only ones willing to put a stop to it are The Shadow, Green Hornet, Kato, The Spider, Zorro, The Green Lama, Miss Fury, Black Terror, and The Black Bat.
The covers and the entirety of issue 1 are done by one of my favorite comic book artists, Alex Ross, of Kingdom Come fame. It must take him a long time to produce this level of photo-realistic art, so I can kind of forgive the fact that Dennis Calero takes over after the first issue. It’s disappointing to lose that level of art so soon, but it’s not a bad follow-up either. I can’t really put to words how great Alex Ross’s art is, so all of the images in this review are from his covers and pages.
The story by Chris Roberson is a bit of an interesting case, I can see why the reviews overall on this mini series are mixed. I’m a fan of old pulp serials and radio dramas, especially The Shadow, and that is exactly what this mini series reads like. Those old dramas weren’t really known for their deep characters, complex worlds, or believable plots, and to be honest, Masks won’t be known for that either. It feels like I’ve picked up a pulp serial from the 1930s, and I love it! I suppose you just have to be the type of person that craves that level of nostalgia.
I love the characters in Mask, I love the art, and I love the style of story it’s telling. It’s the perfect miniseries for me. I’d also love for it to be adapted into a film or a TV series, but the story will definitely need some changes for that to work with the average audience. If you love old pulp serials and radio dramas, you’ll love Masks too!
I’m a fan of The Shadow. I listen to the radio shows, I saw both the 1994 film and older films, I read the current comics, and I even have a nicely detailed figure on my desk (who sometimes battles other figures, but you know how that is). I have recently become a fan of Spotify, so imagine my delight when I found an album of 20 episodes from the old The Shadow radio show on Spotify!
Spotify is a great free music streaming service if you don’t mind a few ads between your tracks, but I found Spotify Premium to be a much more cost-effective solution for myself, as I often buy far more than $10 worth of music each month. One of the other advantages to Spotify Premium is that you can download tracks on your phone (or compatible mobile device) for offline listening, so I happily flew to and from Portland last week listening to some classic episodes of The Shadow. I’m sure the folks around me either thought I was weird or a genius, not that I cared too much, as I had a murder mystery to solve (or rather listen to other people solve).
Anyway, enough raving about Spotify. If you don’t know what The Shadow is, you’re missing out, and you might as well start by listening to a few episodes on Spotify. It’s 100% free if you don’t mind a few modern-day radio ads mixed in with the classic Blue Coal ads. If you’re not a fan of Spotify, you can still purchase the album from iTunes and Amazon. You can also find some episodes not included in the aforementioned album at Old Time Radio.
I doubt we’ll ever see such a crossover in real life, so here’s The Shadow confronting Mega Man X over all the Mavericks that he had slain, perhaps only to steal their weapons. It doesn’t look like X took too kindly to the accusation.
Warning, this crossover is not to scale.
The Shadow, this year’s desk addition, knows what evil lurks in the hearts of spammers.