From the spring of 1931 until the summer of 1949, a slim figure cloaked in black fought mobsters, evil scientists, crazed old men and foreign invaders with two blazing automatics and a laugh that chilled the hearts of evil. The mysterious figure was The Shadow.
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The Man of Bronze’s fight against evil raced through 181 novels. From a headquarters on the 86th floor of a towering Manhattan skyscraper, Doc Savage and his five pals — joined occasionally by his cousin Pat — battled criminals the world over (and under) from 1933 until 1949.
Richard Wentworth first appeared as a run-of-the-mill, black-cloaked crimebuster called The Spider. But that quickly changed after two issues, when Wentworth donned wig, cape and fangs and cocked his automatics, and The Spider’s adventures began to take on mythic proportions.
Beginning in 1896, the pulp magazines transformed popular literature. The inexpensive magazines brought escapist fiction to the masses and popularized science fiction, Westerns, hard-boiled mysteries, sword-and-sorcery, weird menace, adventure, heroes and love stories.