Shadow 1941 Anniversary Edition

GameStop, Inc.

by Carl R. Jansson
Senior Correspondent
[email protected]

The Shadow has a long and storied history in radio, dime store novels, and comic books, with many creators bringing new elements to the character and the world he inhabits. The Shadow has had some amazingly talented people play in his world, but none that brought this level of creativity and class to the table until 1973 when Denny O’Niel and Michael Kaluta had their first go with DC Comics. 1988 saw them return to the title, this time at Marvel Comics, bringing with them Russ Heath, and continuing their atmospheric interpretation of the avenging crime stopper.

Out-of-print for over two decades now, Dynamite Entertainment has remastered this thrilling story of The Shadow taking on the Third Reich for a whole new generation, and re-released it in a wonderful 68 page hardcover, giving this fantastic story the treatment it deserves.

Shadow1941-Prev_Page_01On Easter Sunday of April 1941, a young woman pushes through the Manhattan crowds, racing for her life. It’s a chase that will lead from the bustling American metropolis all the way to Berlin, the dark heart of the Nazi regime. Like marionettes dangling from invisible hands, neither Allies nor Axis agents can tell if they are the puppeteers… or the dolls whose strings get cut. Behind it all, The Shadow looms, a master of men with cold, hollow laughter and blazing .45 pistols!

The story, co-written by O’Niel and Kaluta, brilliantly casts The Shadow as revisionist historian, guiding the tide of World War II exactly where he wants it to go, through manipulation and trickery. Using the very real idea that Hitler employed and trusted astrologists plants The Shadow firmly in the middle of real world events, giving the story some weight. The pacing is breakneck, jumping from beat to beat, a real page turner! Each page is packed with excitement, as the storytellers don’t waste a single panel. These are truly creators at the peak of their abilities.

While not a lot is shown but implied, this creative team does not shy away from the violence inherent in The Shadow’s world, or the sadistic nature of the Nazis. These are nasty times these characters live in, and the creators use them to show that violence begets violence. This version of The Shadow is probably the closest I’ve seen to his original pulp roots, and this story left me wanting so much more.

The team-up of Kaluta and Heath is simply gorgeous, looking less like a typical comic book, and more like traditional illustration taken directly from a pulp novel. The pages are lush, highly detailed, and every panel feels as if you could just walk right into their world. Kaluta and Heath are masters at the top of their game, and nowhere is that more apparent than the sword fight between Colonel Wolff and The Shadow. There is so much going on in those few pages beside the fight itself, as The Shadow uses his real weapon against Herr Wolff, manipulation, causing Wolff to end himself.

Mark Chiarello and company give the pages a lush palette, with a painterly look that gives everything an expressiveness and lavish complexity. The rich painted colors brought this story to life in a way today’s computer coloring simply couldn’t.

It’s taken 25 years for this book to see print again, and for a new generation of fans it was well worth the wait. Kudos to Dynamite and all involved, for bringing this brilliantly crafted thriller back onto the shelves.

Anytime Costumes

Leave a Reply

Animation/Anime Interviews Animation/Anime News Animation/Anime Reviews Film/TV Interviews Film/TV News Film/TV Review
Director Reginald Hudlin ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Out on Friday – Interview

Director Reginald Hudlin Talks about his work on the Christmas movie,...

Writer Kelly Younger Talks ‘Candy Cane Lane’ Out on Friday

Writer, Kelly Younger Talks about his work on the Christmas movie,...

Production Designer Aaron Osborne Talks ‘Candy Cane Lane’ – Interview

Production Designer Aaron Osborne Talks About the New Comedy ‘Candy Cane...

Event News Event Reviews
Aaron Jackson Talks ‘California Dreams’ Reunion Concert at NYCC

Aaron Jackson and the rest of the cast of ‘California Dreams‘...

ScareScape Announces To-Die-For Specialty Haunted Treats

Experience To-Die-For Specialty Lattes, Signature Cocktails, Sinister Sweets, and More at...

AGBO Announces Third Annual ‘No Sleep ’til Film Fest’

AGBO Announces Third Annual Global Filmmaking Competition for Emerging Creators, “No...

Automotives Football MMA, Kick Boxing & Boxing Professional Wrestling
Olympic Runner Colleen Quigley ‘On The Road to Paris’

Team USA Olympic Runner, Colleen Quigley is On The Road to...

Paralympian Swimmer Ahalya Lettenberger On The Road to Paris

Team USA Paralympian Swimmer, Ahalya Lettenberger is On The Road to...

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre – Interview

Ultimate Women of Wrestling Comes to the Globe Theatre on Sunday,...

Adult Continuity Comics on the Can Cultural Junk Drawer Future Comic Rock Stars Is That Racist? Revisiting the Reviled THAT'S NOT ROTTEN! The B-Reel The Cantina Scene This Week in Crowdfunding What the HELL Did I just...?
Fantoy Nation Presents: Harry Potter and the Happy Thanksgiving


Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse – Infernal Gate

I'm just Spiffy, Mitch. Would you like a beverage?

Fantoy Comics Presents: Harry Potter and the Pahrump Apocalypse

Yeeeee HaWWWW Finally I get to beat some ass!

Music Interviews Music News Music Reviews
Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her Career in the Arts

First Generation Assyrian-Chaldean, Songwriter and Poet, Tamara Mechael Talks About Her...

Louden Swain Headlining Los Angeles Show at The Echo

Press Release – Louden Swain are headlining Los Angeles show at...

Shira Elias Talks About Her New Single ‘Earth Sun’ and EP ‘Services’

Shira Elias talks about her new single ‘Earth Sun‘ out now...

Enabled Gaming Gaming News Gaming Reviews
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League Gameplay Trailer

The first Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League gameplay trailer was revealed during...

Wonder Woman Game
Wonder Woman Game Announced By DC and WB Games

Wonder Woman game will feature the iconic hero in a 3rd...

MultiVersus brings Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny, and More

MultiVersus is bringing Shaggy, Harley Quinn, Jake, Batman, Arya Stark, Bugs Bunny,...

Comic Creator Interviews Comic/Graphic Novel News Comic/Graphic Novel Reviews Manga News Manga Reviews Novel/Novella Author Interviews Novel/Novella News Novel/Novella Reviews
Gary Morgenstein Talks ‘A Dugout to Peace’ the Final Installment of his Trilogy

Gary Morgenstein Talks About ‘A Dugout to Peace‘ the final installment...

Chris Clews Is ‘Raised on the 80s’ and Shares Those Life Lessons

Chris Clews was ‘Raised on the 80s‘ and Shares Those Life...

Roye Okupe Brings Authentic African Representation to HBO Max and Cartoon Network

Nigerian-American, Roye Okupe brings authentic African representation to HBO Max and...

Apparel/Personal Maintenance News Apparel/Personal Maintenance Reviews Entertainment Product News Entertainment Product Reviews Food/Beverage Reviews Hardware News Hardware Reviews Mystery Box News Mystery Box Reviews
Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand Demo

The new ‘Harry Potter: Magic Caster Wand‘ is ready to ship...

Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the ‘Good Flour’

Canadian Super Chef Jen Peters and Matthew Clayton Bring us the...

Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide
Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

The Pop Insider 2021 Holiday Gift Guide is now available to help...

Gaming Uncensored Toon-In-Talk
Episode 38: Hamid Rahmanian

Join Whitney Grace as she speaks with artist Hamid Rahmanian, who...

No Preview
Toon-In Talk Episode 37: Niki Smith

Whitney Grace interviews graphic novel writer and artist Niki Smith about...

Toon-In Talk Episode 36: Rob Paulsen

Rob Paulsen takes some time from his busy voice acting schedule...