The Shadow "Foreshadowing The Batman" superpack with The Shadow Special #1 and bonus art prints! Commemorating the 75th anniversary of Batman's 1939 debut, Sanctum Books collects the groundbreaking pulp novels that inspired the creators of The Batman! A 528-page multipack, featuring a new foreword by famous Batman scripter Dennis O'Neil, four exclusive new art prints and brand-new The Shadow Annual #1.
This leads off with "Partners of Peril," the legendary 1936 thriller that was adapted as the debut Batman story in Detective Comics #27, and "Lingo," which introduced The Shadow's yellow boomerang, the forerunner of the Batarang! The Shadow combats a malevolent clown in "Death's Harlequin," a predecessor of The Joker's venom in "The Laughing Corpse," and in "Voodoo Trail" wages a battle to the death with Dr. Mocquino, who inspired Batman's first archfoe, Doctor Death!
"The Devil Master" foreshadows Bill Finger and Bob Kane's use of giant props, while "The Shadow's Rival" was echoed in the 1953 Batman classic, "The Crime Predictor." PLUS: The Shadow Special #1, reprinting for the first time "The Crime Crypt" and "The Jade Dragon."
Special Bonus Collector's Items: high-quality art prints of George Rozen's knockout "Voodoo Trail" painting, Jerome Rozen's rendition of "Partners of Peril" and the legendary Tom Lovell art that was "swiped" by Bob Kane in Detective Comics #27.
This showcases all eight color pulp covers and the original interior illustrations with historical commentary by popular culture historians Anthony Tollin and Will Murray. Includes the new art prints, previously published volumes 9, 19, and 29 of The Shadow and the new annual, all in a full color slipcase.