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    The Shadow - April 1931 First Issue (Street & Smith) Condition: FN-. This super-rare pulp was every bit as influential as Action Comics #1 or Detective Comics #27, and is far more difficult to find. This is the second copy we have ever offered at auction, and the first we've seen in 11 years.

    The very first "hero pulp", it 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 magazine publisher Street & Smith assigned Walter Gibson (under the pseudonym Maxwell Grant) to take the name and flesh out a full-fledged character before someone else did. The cover was re-used from the one for the October 1, 1919 issue of Thrill Book, with some alterations, possibly to save on costs.

    This first issue was an instant hit (the series would run for 325 issues over 18 years) and a pop culture icon was born -- one that has appeared in radio, television, film, comic books, and elsewhere in the nine decades since, and who influenced the creation of numerous comic characters.

    Bookery's lists this pulp as "quite scarce", and the only issue we've offered before this one was a heavily restored FR/GD copy that sold for $2,629 in May 2010. Expect the bidding on this impressive copy to be spirited, to say the least. Bookery's Guide to Pulps Second Edition VG value = $9,000; VF value = $25,000.

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    May, 2021
    20th Thursday
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