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Friday, April 8, 2011

PULP NOW: THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, 1930-54!

PULP NOW: THE SHADOW: THE HISTORY AND MYSTERY OF THE RADIO PROGRAM, 1930-54!

MARTIN GRAMS, JR.

The Shadow -- for the consideration of those who never heard a radio broadcast or read a pulp magazine -- was a supernatural sleuth with a sepulchral chuckle. A detective whose success in tracking down criminals became a popular long-running radio program from 1937 to 1954, after beginning a number of years before as a ghost-like voice introducing a bone-chilling murder play that concluded with a sinister laugh.

The program, Detective Story Magazine Hour, premiered in July of 1930 and within a few months, the horror host overshadowed the crime stories, and spawned his own magazine. Ultimately, the pulp stories ceased in 1949 but the radio program out-lasted the magazine for an additional five years.

This 820-page book (authorized through Conde Nast) documents the entire history of the long-running radio program, with rare never-before-seen photographs, interviews with cast and crew, and a carefully organized presentation of the facts. Numerous unexplored aspects of The Shadow are revealed, such as when The Shadow unmasked in the summer of 1931 on stage in St. Louis, the 1935 MacGrgeor & Sollie transcription discs, Jack Benny spoofs (including one that never made it to the air), the department store manager who was mistaken by the kids in the neighborhood of being The Shadow and hid for that particular half-hour so he wouldn't disillusion the children, pulp novels adapted for the radio program, and much more!

Through extensive research of original radio scripts, newspapers on microfilm and various archives across the country, this book is sure to please both casual and devoted fans of The Shadow . . .

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