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Shadow (I). The Shadow (I) was created by “Maxwell Grant,” the pseudonym of Walter B. Gibson (Avenger (II), Avenger (III), Norgil the Magician, Shadow (II)) and appeared in several radio shows and five films and film serials from 1930 to 1954 and The Shadow #1-325 (1931-1949).
The Shadow began as the host of Street & Smith’s Detective Story Hour, merely narrating crime stories, but soon evolved into a crime-fighting hero and then appeared in the pulps. However, the radio Shadow and the pulp Shadow are different characters. The radio Shadow is the Superhuman Lamont Cranston, "wealthy young man about town who, years ago in the Orient, learned the hypnotic power to cloud men's minds so they could not see him." The pulp Shadow is Kent Allard, a World War One aviator and adventurer who uses the Lamont Cranston identity to keep an eye on Inspector Joe Cardona, the Shadow's would-be police nemesis. Likewise, the pulp Shadow did not have the ability to make himself invisible to others. The pulp Shadow, of course, does have the cloak and hat and twin .45 automatics and the girasol ring. He's also a master of disguise, maintaining a number of alternate identities to help his fight in crime.
The Shadow is assisted by a number of people. His "friend and companion, the lovely Margo Lane" is foremost among them (as well as possibly being his love interest). Burbank works as his contact man and switchboard operator. Harry Vincent is the Shadow's advance man and proxy. Rutledge Mann is an investment broker who works for the Shadow and helps handle his money. Claude Burke, a reporter for the daily Classic, passes along inside information to the Shadow. Moe Shrevnitz, a cab driver, is the Shadow's chauffeur. Cliff Marsland poses as a criminal in order to get information on the underworld from the inside. Tapper is a master lockpicker and safecracker who puts his talents at the Shadow's service. “Ming Dwan,” a.k.a. Myra Reldon, is a government agent who works undercover in cases involving the Chinese and Chinese-Americans. And, finally, Jericho Druke is an enormous African whose strength is almost superhuman.
The Shadow's enemies include: Rodil Mocquino, the evil Haitian voodoo houngan and commander of a zombie army; Benedict Stark, the Prince of Evil; the Hydra, a criminal organization; and the greatest of them all, Shiwan Khan, the Tibetan Yellow Peril superfiend.
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