“Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows!” This phrase, followed by chilling, rictus laughter initiated every radio drama starring the pulp hero known as The Shadow. I grew up listening to cassette tapes of these radio plays on long family car rides, and was enamored with The Shadow for much of my youth: the idea of a man who can win by outsmarting his opponents and clouding their minds, while prying into their psyches was unlike any other hero in my childhood.
Flash forward almost two decades later and my relationship with Lamont Cranston had almost completely evaporated. I’d listen to a radio play now and then, and flip through a few pages of comics starring the character in my local comic shop. Thanks to Comic Bento, however, I got the chance to check out The Shadow Volume 1: The Fire of Creation. This comic took my childhood vision of the character and flipped it on its head in the best possible way.
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