Wednesday, August 14, 2013
THE SHADOW #74: THE CRYSTAL BUDDHA
“The Crystal Buddha” & “The Vindicator” [$14.95]. These two classic
pulp novels were written by Walter B. Gibson (writing as Maxwell
Grant) and provided inspiration for Batman stories from the Golden
Age of Comics.
In “The Crystal Buddha” (1938), The Shadow investigates how a dying
man’s bequest turns deadly. In “The Vindicator” (1939), the hero
who knows where evil lurks invades a castle to unmask a villain.
Will Murray’s historical essay examines how the adventures of The
Shadow influenced the Batman’s formative years. Editor/publisher
Tollin writes on the comic-book artistry of noted pulp illustrator
Edd Cartier and reprints a 14-page Red Dragon from a 1947 issues of
Super Magician Comics.
As with the other Sanctum Books series - Doc Savage, The Whisperer
and others - these Shadow double novels are entertaining journeys
into the heroic fiction of the pulp era. They’re wonderfully made
books and I regularly despair I might never get around to reading
them all. But what I can do is let you know about the new releases
as they appear. More Sanctum Books news is on the way.
© 2013 Tony Isabella