The Shadow Old-time Mystery Radio Show
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ne of the most popular radio shows in history debuted in August 1930
when "The Shadow" went on the air.
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!"
The opening lines of the "Detective Story" program captivated
listeners and are instantly recognizable even today. Originally the
narrator of the series of macabre tales, the eerie voice known as The
Shadow became so popular to listeners that "Detective Story" was soon
renamed "The Shadow," and the narrator became the star of the old-time mystery radio
series, which ran until 1954.
A figure never seen, only heard, the Shadow was an invincible crime
fighter. He possessed many gifts which enabled him to overcome any
enemy. Besides his tremendous strength, he could defy gravity, speak
any language, unravel any code, and become invisible with his famous
ability to "cloud men's minds."
Along with his team of operatives, the Shadow battled adversaries
with chilling names like The Black Master, Kings of Crime, The Five
Chameleons, and, of course, The Red Menace.
The Shadow's exploits were also avidly followed by readers in The
Shadow magazine, which began in 1931 following the huge success of
the old-time mystery radio program.
The magazine was published by Street & Smith, who had also
sponsored the old-time mystery radio program. Over the course of 18 years, Street
& Smith published 325 issues of The Shadow, each one containing a
novel about the sinister crime fighter. These stories were written by
Maxwell Grant, a fictional name created by the publishing company.
Although several different people wrote under the pseudonym,
Walter B. Gibson wrote most of the stories, 282 in all.
Most of the novels published have been reprinted in paperback and The
Shadow adventures remain popular today, with Shadow comic books,
magazines, toys, games, cds and cassettes of old-time radio shows, and books bringing top dollar among collectors
the world over.