Starting out as a collection of pulp novels in the 1930s, ‘The Shadow’ is a crime-fighting vigilante with psychic powers posing as a “wealthy, young man about town” by the name of Lamont Cranston. From print, it made the leap to radio by being one of the first radio dramas ever produced for the new medium at the time. We give ‘The Shadow’ our short tribute because it’s still a character that has withstood the test of time even today.

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We are huge fans of ‘The Shadow’. Anybody remember Orson Welles’ old radio show version of this comic book hero’s adventures? Still gives listeners the thrills….

We still remember the following unforgettable lines which Orson delivered with sheer menace when he played the wealthy and debonaire Lamont Cranston turned fearful crime-fighting vigilante, ‘The Shadow’.

“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” These were the opening lines of the “Detective Story” program that captivated listeners back in the 1940s and are instantly recognisable even today.

Before Batman or Daredevil – ‘The Shadow’ was the original dark avenger. The character first appeared as the narrator of the Detective Story Hour radio program on July 31, 1930. The popularity of the character led Street & Smith to hiring pulp writer Walter B. Gibson to develop a backstory for the character. The Shadow was then made the star of his own pulp magazine in April of 1931.

His exclusive power is very much psychic in nature as “he clouds men’s minds” and enters their minds and fills their hearts with fear. This overpowering ability to cripple their senses is what makes ‘The Shadow’ so scary, fascinating and successful in bringing the bad guys down. From espionage to the supernatural, ‘The Shadow’ solved them all stylishly and with panache with his trusty assistant and lover, Margo Lane.

‘Calling Margo Lane! Calling Margo Lane!’

Learn more about ‘The Shadow’ here while you listen to Orson Welles as The Shadow in “The Hospital Murders”, first broadcast in August of 1938.