The Shadow Magazine #61
Condition: Very Good to Fine
Note: Very good spine, most subtle compression. Pages light tan, with small, subtle splits to overhang. In all, front cover bright, quite near fine.
Cover Artist: George Rozen
Authors: Spoils of the Shadow (from the Shadow's private annals, as told to Maxwell Grant); Dwight V. Babcock; Roswell Brown
Features: Does he really need an introduction? The wide brimmed black hat, the black, crimson-lined cloak, the upturned collar, the standard black business suit.
The Shadow debuted on July 31, 1930, as the mysterious narrator of the Street and Smith radio program Detective Story Hour (developed in an effort to boost sales of Detective Story Magazine).
When listeners of the program began asking at newsstands for copies of "That Shadow detective magazine", Street & Smith decided to create a magazine based around The Shadow and hired Gibson to create a character concept to fit the name and voice and write a story featuring him. The first issue of The Shadow Magazine went on sale on April 1, 1931.
Gibson's characterization of The Shadow laid the foundations for the archetype of the superhero, including stylized imagery and title, sidekicks, super-villains, and a secret identity. Clad in black, The Shadow operated mainly after dark as a vigilante in the name of justice, and terrifying criminals into vulnerability. Gibson himself claimed the literary inspirations were Bram Stoker's Dracula and Edward Bulwer-Lytton's "The House and the Brain".