Monday, April 9, 2012

Reading Room: THE SHADOW "Shiwan Khan's House of Horrors" Part 1

In the 1960s, many classic comic and pulp heroes were revived...
...some not quite as successfully as others!
Be here tomorrow for the campy conclusion,
and, as they used to say on Batman...
Penned by Robert Bernstein and illustrated by Paul Reinman, this tale from Radio Comics' The Shadow #3 (1964) is easily one of the low points of the career of He Who Knows What Evil...!
Apparently seeing The Shadow adapted to a high-adventure/spy format was not selling in comics as well as it did in paperbacks like this...
...the staff at Radio Comics (Archie Comics' 1960s superhero line) decided to go into full superhero mode instead, dumping the cloak and slouch hat and giving him a hideous costume and some gimmicks, while retaining the ability to "cloud mens' minds".
Unfortunately, we still remember these never-reprinted stories...
for goodies featuring other Silver Age heroes, besides The Shadow!

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