Jun. 14, 2019

Two adventures from the original Maxwell Grant, Walter Gibson!

The Shadow Double Novels #3 by Maxwell Grant

I am going to assume that anyone that is likely to read this review knows the Shadow’s back-story. The really remarkable thing about the Shadow novels is that the back-story isn’t repeated over and over ad infinitum throughout the series, unlike other pulp heroes.

To the Shadow, the weed of crime bears bitter fruit. He knows the evil that lurks in the hearts of men. The Shadow knows! The whisper of his laugh can freeze a killer in his tracks! The suggestion of moving darkness causes criminals to startle and swear. Many have tried to shoot it out with the Shadow. Few survived. Even wounded, the Shadow was a match for desperados everywhere.

Yet without the cape and hat, the Shadow might be any number of people. A master of disguise, he often fools people who have known the person he imitates for many years! To fans of the radio show, sorry, but while Lamont Cranston is the Shadow, the Shadow is NOT Lamont Cranston! Cranston is a real person, often in far-flung corners of the globe, so he makes a convenient face for the Shadow—with the real Cranston’s full knowledge and permission!

The true name of the Shadow is not revealed until issue 131 The Shadow Unmasks. And yet at times, even this identity is questionable. Perhaps the Shadow, like the Joker, prefers his life to be multiple choice!

As for these stories:

The Red Blot was originally published June 1, 1933

Two novels by the original Maxwell Grant, Walter Gibson

The Red Blot is the 31st issue of the Shadow Magazine. Crime scenes are marked by a large red blot. This is expected at a murder scene, but the red blot is left on a gaming table in a gambling den.

 An early story of the Shadow, only Harry Vincent, and Burbank appear in the story, and only briefly. In the early stories, no foe who met the Shadow face to face was likely to do so again!

The Voodoo Master was originally published March 1, 1936

A man is discovered in the street and taken to the office of Dr. Rupert Sayre. For 48 hours he has spoken little and then in a dull monotone. He shows no interest in anything and says he has no name. But Dr. Sayre is the Shadow’s physician…

This begins the Shadow’s battle against Dr. Rodil Mocquino, the man who calls himself “The Voodoo Master.” Mocquino heads a voodoo cult where he rules by a number of punishments that he declares are mystic in nature. He can force a person into being a living statue, and he can turn a person into a mindless zombie…

This is truly one of the best Shadow stories!

I give this book five stars…

Quoth the Raven…

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