Monday, October 1, 2012

Captain's Library: "The Shadower"

"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
Not this guy... demonstrated in this never-reprinted tale from Atlas Comics' MAD clone, Riot #1 (1954)!
Though the writer of this satire of The Shadow radio show is unknown, odds are it was Stan Lee, who was writing almost everything at this point.
The illustrator is extremely well-known...Gene Colan!
This was not the first time The Shadow had been spoofed, since MAD ran their own take on the character in #4 (1953) as shown HERE.
You'll note in this tale "The Shadower" doesn't have the usual cloak, slouch hat, and aquiline nose we associate with the character...
Art by Frank Robbins
In fact, he looks a lot like the Archie Comics version from a decade later...1964...
Art by John Rosenberger
...who, at least initially, was primarily based on the radio show, but updated to the spy-oriented Sixties!

BTW, if you want more The Shadow stuff, have a look at...
the never-reprinted 1994 Alec Baldwin movie adaptation right HERE on this blog!
The Shadow's never-reprinted Bronze Age adventures with The Batman and The Avenger as well as Frank Robbins-illustrated stories HERE!
The Shadow's never-reprinted, campy costumed Silver Age adventures HERE!

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