Dynamite Entertainment continues its efforts to corral classic icons from all forms of media to create their stable of characters. In addition to The Lone Ranger, Zorro, Robocop and Terminator, now they're adding the legendary pulp-magazine vigilante known as The Shadow to their mix.
"Pursuing The Shadow has been a life time quest," says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. "Dynamite is working to launch the Shadow with some of the comic industries leading talent, including John Cassaday, Alex Ross, Ryan Sook and Jae Lee, with more to be announced – creators who will bring justice to The Shadow. We will be releasing more exciting news about The Shadow series soon!"
The Shadow originally debuted in 1930 as the mysterious narrator of a radio drama entitled Detective Story Hour, before he was fleshed out in pulp magazine stories by Walter B. Gibson and eventually starred in his own radio show which opened with the trademark line "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!" and closed with "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay…. The Shadow knows!"
Later, the crusading character of Lamont Cranston (formerly Kent Allard) made his way into film serials and eventually a feature-length film starring Alec Baldwin and Penelope Ann Miller.
Will Dynamite's version of The Shadow retain his occasional mysterious ability to cloud men's minds and render himself invisible to their detection, or will he take on some new form? We'll have to wait and see, but in the meantime, here are some cover images from Ross and Lee.