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The Shadow is Back!

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The Shadow is Back!

Official Press Release

The Shadow and Doc Savage are returning to thrill fans old and new.
Anthony Tollin has acquired the license to reprint the original /Shadow/
and /Doc Savage/ pulp novels, and will be publishing trade paperback
reprints in partnership with Nostalgia Ventures, Inc., a leader in the
field of radio and television nostalgia. These/ Shadow/ and /Doc
Savage/ volumes are officially licensed by Condé Nast, the owner of the
famous properties.

“This is a dream come true for me,” proclaims Anthony Tollin, the former
DC Comics professional who is also a leading pulp and radio historian.
Tollin co-authored Walter B. Gibson’s /The Shadow Scrapbook/ in 1979,
and has long desired to get Gibson’s /Shadow/ novels back in print.
“We’re reissuing the classic pulp stories with the original covers and
interior art, with the type reset for clarity. We’re initially releasing
the stories in a double-novel format. Our first volume, already
published, reprints Walter Gibson’s ‘Crime, Insured’ and ‘The Golden
Vulture,’ a /Shadow/ novel that Lester Dent wrote in 1932 that was later
revised by Gibson and published in 1938. This is the /Shadow/ novel that
won Lester Dent the /Doc Savage/ contract. Our first story, ‘Crime,
Insured’ is recognized as Walt Gibson’s greatest action thriller, in
which a criminal organization penetrates The Shadow’s operation and
captures his major agents, and The Shadow is trapped as the entire New
York underworld invades his sanctum.”

This series of trade paperbacks is the first licensed publication of
/The Shadow/ novels in 22 years, and the first authorized reprinting of
the original /Doc Savage/ pulp novels in 15 years. / The Shadow
Magazine/ debuted in 1931 and launched the 1930s hero-pulp boom,
inspiring dozens of characters including the Phantom Detective, the
Spider, the Avenger and the Green Lama. Bob Kane and Bill Finger cited
The Shadow as a major influence on the creation of Batman, while Clark
Savage Jr., the Man of Bronze, was a major influence on the creation and
development of Clark Kent, the Man of Steel.

“If Street & Smith had not published The Shadow and Doc Savage, there
might never have been any Superman or Batman,” observes popular-culture
historian Will Murray, who collaborated with Lester Dent on seven
posthumous Doc Savage novels. “Between them, Walter Gibson and Lester
Dent created the archetype of the superhero, and most of the fiction
formulas and trappings of the eternal battle between superhero and
supervillain that has come to dominate popular culture in the last 75
years. I like to call Lester Dent ‘the Father of the Superhero’ because,
while Superman and Batman had other influences, both borrowed liberally
from Doc Savage, the original owner of the Fortress of Solitude.”

The first volume of /The Shadow/ is at the printers and will be at
selected specialty stores in mid-July, and shipping from Diamond
Distributors in October. Each paperback will retail for $12.95 and
contain two complete, unabridged pulp adventures of The Shadow, with
covers by George Rozen and interior illustrations by Edd Cartier. The
reprints can be ordered individually or in quantity discounts directly
from: Anthony Tollin; P.O. Box 761474; San Antonio; TX 78245-1474
(_sanctumotr@earthlink.net_; add $3.00 for postage and packaging for
single book orders) or from Nostalgia Ventures’ website
( The reprints will also be available from
Adventure House (, the Vintage Library
(, Bud Plant (, Mike Chomko
(_chomko@enter.net_) and in Canada from Girasol Collectables

The first volume of /Doc Savage/ will follow in November and will
contain “Fortress of Solitude” and “The Devil Genghis.” These are the
two pulp adventures that pitted the Man of Bronze against master-villain
John Sunlight. Rounding out each volume are historical articles by pulp
historians including Tollin and Murray. A second volume of /The Shadow,/
reprinting “The Chinese Disks” and “Malmordo,” will also also be
released in November. “And that’s only the beginning,” Tollin adds. “The
Shadow and Doc Savage aren’t the only classic pulp characters I’ve been
licensed to reprint. I think fans of classic adventure heroes are going
to be very excited by some of our future projects.”

The first Shadow book has already been printed and is available for
immediate sale/shipment.

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