Three stories that inspired Batman Comics villains and stories: The Shadow smuggles himself into a criminal mastermind's "Crime Crypt" using the same gimmick as in the 1950 Batman story, "1,001 Trophies of the Batcave." Next, he battles "The Green Terror," a criminal whose use of scientifically induced fear preceded Scarecrow's infamous modus operandi. Finally, in a classic radio script that foreshadowed the Ra's Al Ghul saga, Lamont Cranston dies so that The Shadow can go undercover to battle a super-villain who has discovered his secret identity in "Can the Dead Talk?"
Bonus: Film historian Ed Hulse examines the glaring plot similarities between the 1994 SHADOW film and 2005's BATMAN BEGINS! This deluxe pulp reprint showcases the original color pulp covers by George Rozen and Graves Gladney and the classic interior illustrations by Tom Lovell and Earl Mayan. Historical commentary by Will Murray and Anthony Tollin.