Monday, October 26, 2020

The Shadowcast - Season 2: "The Pulp Avenger!"


 "The speaker rose and raised the lantern, hooking it to a wire that was suspended from the low ceiling. The range of the light increased. Under its glow the shadows of the three men became grotesque. They were long, sinister shadows. The profile of the ape-faced man was plainly visible upon the floor. Beyond those dark, moving silhouettes, a black blot projected from the corner of the room.  
 
It, too, seemed like a human shadow, except that it was motionless."

-"The Eyes of The Shadow"

(Walter B. Gibson)


Artwork by Jim Steranko

The Shadowcast will soon return from our post-season break with an all new season! The theme of Season 2 will be "The PULP Avenger!" A comprehensive review and retrospective of the first several Shadow pulps, beginning with "The Eyes of The Shadow" and concluding with pulp classic "Gangdom's Doom!"



Artwork by Graves Gladney

Hopefully, this season should serve as the ideal introduction to The Shadow pulps for new readers. Not to worry, for the rest of you less inclined to read The Shadow's prosaic exploits, we will also be covering various comics and radio shows in the very same episodes. So there's something for everyone!

You won't want to miss it, agents. So keep an eye on this space, and your subscription boxes!

Friday, July 3, 2020

Season 1 FINALE - 'THE SHADOW: YEAR ONE' (R.I.P. Denny O'Neil)




"Only death can absolve your many sins, 'Snow Tiger'!
And I am the vessel of your deliverance!"

-The Shadow
(The Shadow: Year One, 2013)

Artwork by Chris Samnee

The Shadowcast ends its exploration of The Birth of a Dark Legend with 
the first proper 'origin' comic ever published: Matt Wagner's 'The Shadow: Year One'!


And we pay tribute to the late Denny O'Neil, whose influence on the modern
mythos of The Shadow cannot be overstated!
R.I.P.

It's been a BIG first season, and I couldn't have done it without your growing support.
Until next time, fellow agents: We'll see you all in Season 2!

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Season 1, Episode 6 - 'THE SHADOW' (DC Comics, 1973) & Could Shadow Be Headed to TV?



"Young or old, man or woman, crime is a cancer, 
a cancer which must be destroyed!"

-The Shadow #9 (DC Comics, 1975) 

Artwork by Mike Kaluta

The Shadowcast discusses the implications
of the new Doc Savage TV announcement, and whether The Shadow could be next!


And then we review and explore The Shadow's legendary
DC Comics debut in 1973 by Denny O'Neill and Mike Kaluta!



Thursday, April 30, 2020

Season 1, Episode 5 - 'THE VOODOO MASTER'




"In Hispaniola," purred Mocquino, his tone insidious, 
"the masters of voodoo control beings whom they term 'zombie'. A zombi is a living dead man, whose body has been disinterred from its grave, then imbued with life at the command
of the voodoo worker. 

"The zombie are like slaves, vitalized corpses that behave like mechanical figures. 
But I hold spells and incantations more powerful than those of ordinary voodoo workers!
I can transform a living man into a zombi! It is too bad" - he paused, an evil twist upon his lips - 
"too bad that you cannot live to witness the fate of Elridge Rathcourt."

-'The Voodoo Master'
Walter B. Gibson (1936)


The Shadowcast explores the very first supervillain: Rodil Mocquino, a.k.a. 'The Voodoo Master'! When the voodoo madman and his zombified cult puts The Dark Avenger out of action, it is up to his agents and a wounded Shadow to uncover his hidden lair and rescue his brainwashed victims!

Artwork by Tom Lovell

...and then we review one of the most popular radio episodes of The Shadow: 'Voodoo'! Where The Knight of Darkness does battle with yet another voodoo cult on the island of 'Little Cauldron' when Margot is selected as a blood sacrifice!


Bill Johnstone as The Shadow






Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Shadowcast: Season 1, Episode 4 - 'THE SHADOW STRIKES' and 'DEATH HOUSE RESCUE'



"What's your game, mister?"

"Well, it's a... form of Solitaire."

-The Shadow Strikes (1937)


This week's Shadowcast continues to explore the Birth of a Dark Legend with The Shadow's
first, flawed feature-length film appearance: THE SHADOW STRIKES! (starring Rod La Rocque)

Rod La Rocque in THE SHADOW STRIKES

Followed by a full review of Orson Welles' debut on radio with the classic, DEATH HOUSE RESCUE!
A young Orson Welles

Friday, November 15, 2019

The Shadowcast: Season 1, Episode 3 - 'LINGO' and 'DEATH TO THE SHADOW'







"Rook stopped abruptly. Bart and Prexy had released their victim. 
Trembling, the henchmen were raising hands above their shoulders as they
stared toward the door. Rook saw terror in their bulging eyes. 
He wheeled, then became rigid also. 

Weird against the glow, reflected from the white walls of the hotel across the street
stood a blackened shape that the big shot recognized. 
Mammoth automatics projected from gloved fists. 
Burning eyes surveyed the villains from beneath the brim of a slouch hat.

"The Shadow!"

-'Lingo'
Walter B. Gibson (1935)




The Shadowcast returns with a review of two pioneering works
in the history of The Knight of Darkness!

First, we review the memorable Walter B. Gibson novelette "Lingo" - featuring
the birth of the BATARANG!



Artwork by Tom Lovell

Second, we revisit a classic episode of The Shadow radio drama dealing with 
prescient issues of mass surveillance and CCTV: "Death to the Shadow!"