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Collector's Set - The Shadow: Volumes 1-20 [Pulp Reprint] #5079
The Shadow Collector Set Volumes 1-20


 
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The Shadow Collector's Set
Volumes 1-20


"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" The Knight of Darkness is a legend in the world of pulp fiction - and now you can get twenty issues, Volumes 1 thru 20, of the newly reprinted series of his action-packed adventures for one low price!

Just look at what you'll get in this special collector set:

Volume #1: In "Crime, Insured", The Shadow's war on crime has been so successful that underworld gangs begin purchasing crime insurance to protect themselves from the Master of Darkness. Then, in "The Golden Vulture", gilded death strikes ruthlessly and brings The Shadow to Miami to investigate a series of suicides. The first volume of the new series reproduces both original pulp covers by artist George Rozen plus all of the original interior illustrations by Edd Cartier. The book also includes new historical background articles by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Will Murray.

Volume #2: The Shadow's crime-fighting organization became fully-formed in "The Chinese Disks," in which these tokens of crime lead The Shadow on a trail of danger. "Malmordo" features a daffodil as a symbol of danger, a creature with a rodent face, and a menu card with the circled message: "Midnight - Morte - Monday", all of which send The Shadow in pursuit of the world's most desperate criminal. The book features the original pulp cover by George Rozen and interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, who went on to become one of the 20th century's greatest illustrative painters.

Volume #3: The Knight of Darkness returns in two more classic pulp thrillers, including "The Voodoo Master," voted the favorite novel in a 1937 Shadow Magazine readers' poll and again acclaimed as one of the top Shadow novels by pulp fans nearly a half century later. Walter Gibson's 1936 novel introduces The Shadow's arch-foe Dr. Rodil Mocquino, the master of black magic who returned in two subsequent novels and several Golden Age comic book stories. In "The Red Blot" (1933), Lamont Cranston first meets Commissioner Weston, setting up the friendship that would be featured in the famous radio series, and investigates a series of crimes orchestrated by a malevolent mastermind who leaves a bloody mark as his calling card. This book also features the original pulp covers by George Rozen, all the original interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, and historical commentary by Will Murray, principal author of "The Duende History of 'The Shadow Magazine'", and Anthony Tollin, co-author of "The Shadow Scrapbook".

Volume #4: In "The Murder Master", a sinister-toned criminal mastermind announces his impending murders over the radio airwaves -- including the murder of The Shadow! Then the real Lamont Cranston joins The Shadow as they battle the Hydra, a criminal organization that replaces each fallen leader with two new "heads." How can The Shadow combat an enemy who grows stronger with each defeat? This instant classic also features the original pulp covers by George Rozen, interior illustrations by Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, the origin of The Shadow's "power to cloud men's minds" from the golden-age "Shadow Comics", and a photo feature on the famous radio series by broadcasting historian Anthony Tollin.

Volume #5: In "The Black Falcon", Lamont Cranston is abducted by a kidnapper who unearths secrets from The Shadow's mysterious past. Then, the Knight of Darkness must defeat a Dragon of Fire before the city becomes a blazing inferno in an action-packed 1936 thriller titled "The Salamanders". This instant collector's item also features the original pulp covers by George Rozen, interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, and "The Island of Ancient Death," a bonus Shadow story adapted from the Mutual Broadcasting System radio program by scriptwriter Gibson Scott Fox.

Volume #6: In "The Shadow's Justice", a classic tale of intrigue, lost treasure and murder showcasing The Shadow's brand of deadly justice, the Dark Avenger journeys to Havana to tip the scales of justice in favor of the law. Then, the Master of Darkness confronts the mysterious criminal Levantour, known as The Vulture, who leaves a Napoleonic coin at the scene of his crimes. This series entry leads off with one of George Rozen's most iconic pulp covers, includes all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell, and also features historical commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Volume #7: A new crime fighter called The Cobra decimates the Manhattan underworld in a murderous war on organized crime. Has The Shadow finally met his match, or will he be forced to de-fang a human snake? Then, the Knight of Darkness confronts not one but two sinister doppelgangers in "The Third Shadow". Which Shadow will have the last laugh? In his foreword, Marvel Comics' Dick Ayers recalls how The Shadow inspired the creation of the Ghost Rider, while popular culture historian Will Murray explains how The Shadow influenced the creation of classic characters including Batman, the Spider, the Black Bat, and the Darkman. This classic pulp collection also features George Rozen's electrifying pulp covers and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell.

Volume #8: Two legendary crime fighting agencies join forces when The Shadow teams with England's legendary Scotland Yard to investigate "The London Crimes" and the master criminal known as The Harvester. Then, The Shadow journeys to a strange "Castle of Doom", where murder lurks behind its battlements and mystery and intrigue abound in a thrilling tale of lost treasure, secret underground passages, and ghostly apparitions. In honor of The Shadow's first British adventure, popular culture historian Anthony Tollin chronicles the 1930s and 1950s English pulp reprints and the 1940s Australian Shadow radio series. This classic pulp reprint also showcases George Rozen's dazzling pulp covers and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell.

Volume #9: The Knight of Darkness returns in three historic novels that gave birth to Batman. First, a powerful new underworld kingpin crosses swords with The Shadow in "Lingo", one of Walter Gibson's all-time masterpieces, which introduces The Shadow's customized boomerang that inspired the Batarang. Then, in "Partners of Peril", Theodore Tinsley's startlingly bat-haunted tale reprinted here for the first time, Lamont Cranston investigates chemical syndicate murders in the crime thriller that served as the model for Batman's debut adventure in Detective Comics #27. This extra-length volume also reprints Tinsley's "The Grim Joker", a 1936 tale featuring a clown-faced crime boss called The Joker. Popular culture historian Will Murray documents the Shadowy origins of Batman, while series editor Anthony Tollin chronicles how "Partners of Peril" was adapted as the first Batman story. This classic pulp collection also features George Rozen's arresting pulp covers and all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell - including a lost double-page "Partners of Peril" spread.

Volume #10: The Voodoo Master returns from the grave and launches a series of terrorist attacks to enslave "The City of Doom". Then, the Dark Avenger battles the master of disguise known only as Five Face. Will "The Fifth Face" be the face of death? In a special bonus feature, The Shadow battles a million-year-old Neanderthal in a "lost" radio script by Hugo Award-winning science fiction author Alfred Bester. This series entry features a classic cover by George Rozen, a foreword by Harlan Ellison, all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrators Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan, and historical commentary on the origins of super-villains and DC Comics' Vandal Savage by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Volume #11: In "The Road of Crime", a former criminal attempts to reform his life with some unseen help from The Shadow. Then, a series of robberies and murders casts suspicion on two supposedly-reformed criminals. Did the crooks go straight -- or has one of them returned to crime? This collection also features George Rozen's spectacular pulp covers, all the original interior art by acclaimed illustrator Tom Lovell, and historical commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray.

Volume #12: The Shadow is buried alive when he battles Hindu thuggees of an ancient cult as he searches for the strange secrets of "The Serpents of Siva". Then, Lamont Cranston visits a magic convention to investigate "The Magigals Mystery" -- and encounters a distinctive raconteur in author Walter Gibson's only pulp cameo. This classic collection also features George Rozen's original covers, all the original interior art by illustrators Edd Cartier and Paul Orban, and historical articles on Walter Gibson's magical world by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Volume #13: A torturous Aztec transformation gives "Six Men of Evil" an unexpected advantage in their criminal pursuits. Then, Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane encounter their most infamous foe, master of menace Monstodamous, in "The Devil Monsters." This volume also showcases George Rozen's breathtaking pulp cover, all the original interior art by illustrators Tom Lovell and Paul Orban, historical commentary by Will Murray, and an article on the Golden Age Shadow comics by Anthony Tollin.

Volume #14: To solve the mystery of Chinatown smuggling, feuding families, and a series of strange disappearances, The Shadow must enter "The Grove of Doom", where those who enter never return. Then, Lamont Cranston and Inspector Cardona seek the truth behind a series of murders perpetrated by "The Masked Lady." This collection showcases one of George Rozen's greatest covers, reproduced directly from the original art, restores more than 13,000 words deleted from previous reprintings of "The Grove of Doom," and includes all the original interior art by illustrators Tom Lovell and Edd Cartier and new commentary by popular culture historian Will Murray.

Volume #15: In "The Shadow Unmasks", the real Lamont Cranston's whereabouts become front-page news, and the Dark Avenger is forced to resurrect his long-buried true identity of Kent Allard, missing aviator and former spy. Then, while investigating a Miami crime ring, Kent Allard is framed by The Yellow Band and must revert to his Lamont Cranston alter ego in order to clear his name. This special edition showcases George Rozen's spectacular pulp covers and all the original interior art by Edd Cartier and Tom Lovell. As a bonus, Walter Gibson and Will Murray reveal behind-the-scenes revelations about The Shadow's origins, while Anthony Tollin examines the bizarre saga of Colonel P. H. Fawcett, the legendary explorer whose real-life exploits inspired Kent Allard's creation.

Volume #16: Lamont Cranston enters a "City of Crime" to bring the shadow of justice to hidden plotters. Then, a near-fatal attack on Kent Allard sets The Shadow on the trail of a criminal Napoleon who plots an assault on Alcatraz to launch a criminal empire in "Shadow Over Alcatraz." This collector's item reprints both classic pulp covers by George Rozen and all the original interior art by legendary illustrator Edd Cartier. Walter Gibson reveals secrets about The Shadow's true identity to pulp-historian Will Murray, while series editor Anthony Tollin examines the mystery behind the 1939 disappearance of cover artist George Rozen.

Volume #17: In this volume, the Dark Avenger - known to Asians as Ying Ko - confronts deadly Chinatown riddles in two intriguing pulp novels by Walter B. Gibson. First, The Shadow investigates the strange disappearances and reappearances of a half-ton golden idol. What are the incredible secrets of "The Fate Joss" and the mysterious Dr. Roy Tam? Then, a miniature golden pagoda leads The Shadow and his agents through a series of bizarre deathtraps into the realm of the infamous brigand Li Hoang. In supporting features, pulp-historian Will Murray examines The Shadow's many forays into the mysteries of Chinatown, while series editor Anthony Tollin provides a history of Myra Reldon, The Shadow's first female agent. This classic reprint also reproduces both color pulp covers by George Rozen and all the interior illustrations by artists Tom Lovell and Edd Cartier.

Volume #18: In a battle between The Shadow and an invisible man, who will have the last laugh? You'll find out, as Lamont Cranston investigates a strange series of murders by "The Unseen Killer." Then, the Dark Avenger attempts to strip "The Golden Masks" from a secret society of hooded blackmailers who are extorting millions with a bizarre invention. This classic pulp reprint also features both classic color covers by George Rozen, all the interior illustrations by legendary illustrator Tom Lovell, and commentary by pulp historian Will Murray.

Volume #19: The Voodoo Master returns from the dead to lead The Shadow on a "Voodoo Trail" to their final showdown, in the story that inspired Batman's first super villain, Doctor Death. Then, The Shadow battles a murderous clown in "Death's Harlequin." Finally, The Dark Avenger searches for a murderer who kills with a deadly formula that causes his victims to laugh themselves to death in "The Laughing Corpse," a classic Shadow script from the Golden Age of Radio, while the Shadow-Batman connection is examined in a foreword by Bat-scribe Denny O'Neil. This instant collector's item also showcases one of George Rozen's greatest covers, reproduced directly from the original oil painting, all the interior illustrations by legendary illustrator Edd Cartier, and commentary by popular culture historians Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.

Volume #20: After a museum curator is murdered, The Shadow must solve the timeless riddle of "The Blue Sphinx," a 4000-year-old relic unearthed in the Libyan desert. Then, South American headhunters team with New York gangsters to spread terror through "Jibaro Death." This reprint also features both color pulp covers by George Rozen, classic interior illustrations by Tom Lovell, and historical commentary by Will Murray.

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