Or – “Paging Mr. Gibson, Mr. Walter Gibson… We’ve Found Your Intellectual Property!”
Years ago, there were very few licensed titles around that weren’t cartoon properties (the respective Adventures of Bob Hope & Jerry Lewis were exceptions) and Dynamite, Boom! & IDW didn’t yet exist to vie for the licenses for everything that ever existed in the known universe. The days where Optimus Prime might meet up with Spider-Man or Pete Venkman and Jim Kirk might take down the same undead freak were still decades in the future. Still, in the late 70′s, the vagaries of fate and publishing contracts brought The Shadow to the National Periodical fold, the same shared universe where a character whom Mr. Cranston strongly influenced was already ruling the roost…
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The H’wood new engine is cranking out word that that Sony let its rights slip away to the popular pulp character The Shadow.Â Sony picked up the rights back in 2006, but even with Sam Raimi heading the production, the company decided to let the option lapse.
Where will the Shadow go next?Â It would be cool to see Lionsgate do something, but that company is having its own troubles at the moment.Â I’m going to call Warner Bros. out on this one. Get back the rights to the character you had years ago, develop a movie better than the Baldwin flick, and then go swimming in all the money you’ll make off this film.
I make that sound like a slam dunk deal… I wonder how much money the wife and I have in our account?
One of the first pulp heroes I was introduced to as a wee lad was Lamont Cranston, The Shadow. I found this awesome 60′s retro styling of the crime fighter by Trisha Toms that I just had to share.
What Evil Lurks in the Hearts of Men??
The Shadow Knowwwws!!! HAHAHAHAHAA!
My brother’s favorite dude leaping over rooftops avoiding gunfire. Run Shadow!! Then turn and KILL THEM ALL!
This is the old pulp novel version. Of course he has the awesome color scheme and hero scarf.
Man I like him so much!
I like him too, Trish. Thanks for the awesome!
via Trisha Toms
This week we’re going to go with another theme for our Art Appreciation Moments of the Day.Â This week the theme is Pulp Heroes, and kicking us off is the sketch by Scott Godlewski featuring a great group shot of the heroes.
L to R: Tarzan, The Phantom, Doc Savage, The Shadow. (Click for larger image)
via Scott Godlewski
The Shadow statue is coming from Electric Tiki in the 2009.Â No word on the price or what the front looks like, although there is a sketch up on the Electric Tiki website.Â I’m totally digging that a legion of people might be walking around with Shadow rings.
via Electric Tiki
As a kid I had a collection of old time radio programs that included an episode of The Shadow. I loved that episode and listened to the tape again and again until I knew what evil lurked in the hearts of men, and until the tape wore out from too much use. When I started reading comics heavily in the 80s, the 3rd and 4th series of The Shadow was at the top of my list of issues to buy.
Walter Gibson was hired by Street and Smith in the 1930s to write two novel length stories of the dark crime fighter each month. The stories of the noir crime fighter continued for nearly 20 years. Since the creation, the Shadow has appeared on radio, magazines, comics, and film.
When the 1994 Alec Baldwin adaptation of The Shadow came out, I was thrilled with the results, even though the movie didn’t break even, dashing my hopes of seeing a sequel, until today…
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