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 #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 #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.