THE SHADOWED CIRCLE # 4
Editor/Publisher Steve Donoso
A Renaissance Arts Press Publication
What a delight to
get this new issue in the mail recently. As ever the articles are so much fun and
all of them contributed by true Shadow fans. Both Will Murray and Tim King hunt
for whatever origins may have led Walter Gibson to come up with the name B.
Jonas as the “drop box” for his New
York City agents. It’s fascinating to see how each
writer approaches this mystery from different points.
This was followed by
several articles in regards to the Shadow in comic books. Although we didn’t completely
agree with Todd D. Severin’s conceit in regards to the character’s overall
importance to the four-color media’s history, we found his facts both
fascinating and informative. Whereas Daryl Morrissey piece on the comic book
team up of the Shadow and Doc Savage was a wonderful trip down memory lane as
we proudly own all the issues referred to in the article.
The second of half
Michael Uslan’s interview was very comprehensive dealing with the various
aspects of his involvement with classic pulp and radio heroes. Then we have the
finale of the issue which was a hoot. John Olsen, working from the actual radio
script, narrates the final Shadow episode which aired on December 26, 1954. He
does so with such panache, it was easy to imagine the actual show itself, with
the actors playing their part against the haunting mood music background and
nerve shattering sound effects.
Finally a tip of our
pulp fedora to the artists who graced this issue. From the cover to the
interior illustrations, each delivered amazing drawings.
“The Shadowed Circle” has proven to be the finest fan publication on the Shadow ever produced. ‘Nuff said?