Series Information: Shadow, the
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Kent Allard as The Shadow, sometimes in the guise of playboy wastrel Lamont Cranston, fights crime with the aid of heightened senses, blazing pistols, and a network of skilled, trustworthy associates. The character was inspired by the mysterious-voiced announcer of the Street and Smith radio anthology, Detective Story Hour. When creator Walter Gibson quit the series over a contract dispute, Bruce Elliott took over the mantle of "Maxwell Grant" as writer, with a couple of fill-ins by other authors. Elliott is criticised for abandoning the form of the previous Shadow adventures and adopting a "Lamont Cranston, Detective" approach, with the character sometimes not appearing in his Shadow identity for entire novels. Gibson returned to write the final stories, but the magazine had lost popularity and folded shortly after his return. Many of the Shadow novels were later reprinted in paperback, some with covers by Jim Steranko that very much resemble some of the great old pulp covers. However, the paperback versions of the 1960's were greatly abridged and edited from the original pulp versions.