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    Shadow V1#1 (Street & Smith, 1931) Condition: Apparent FR/GD. Harder to find than Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27, this pulp is as influential as either of those two famous comic books. This is the first copy we have ever offered of the first issue, and this is an item that even some of the elite collections lack!

    This issue, the very first "hero pulp," hit newsstands some seven years before Action #1 started the Golden Age of comics. A radio narrator called "The Shadow" had proven a hit, and Street and Smith assigned Walter Gibson (writing as Maxwell Grant) to take the name and flesh out a full-fledged character. Gibson's speed as a writer was a consideration, as the publisher was worried that someone else might use the name for a magazine. This is also the reason why the Shadow doesn't appear on the cover -- there wasn't time to do a new illustration, and an image already in stock was used (reportedly the only one available that had a shadow on it).

    This first issue quickly sold out, and of course this character in turn became the basis of a smash-hit radio program (and starred in other media as well).

    While the page edges are quite brittle, luckily this doesn't apply to the page interiors. Restoration includes: trimmed, covers re-glossed, covers glued to interior. We believe even the collector who would ordinarily pass over any pulp in this condition will make allowances given the extreme scarcity of this item! Bookery's Guide to Pulps GD value = $3,000.

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