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‘Gray Face’: Gibson’s final Shadow tale

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, August 26, 2016 in Comics, Pulp, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 7 minutes

The following is an excerpt from my new book The Shadow in Review. If you’d like more information about the book, see the end of this blog entry for my shameless promotion. But for now, let’s get right into Walter Gibson‘s final mystery featuring The Shadow.

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Gray Face and his Malay henchmen.

Gray Face and his Malay henchmen.

“Gray Face” was originally published in the March 1981 issue of Detective Comics. A man of mystery, an international pirate, his features were fixed, smooth as parchment with the hue of dried ashes. His name came from trembling lips: “Gray Face!”

This was the last Shadow story that creator Walter B. Gibson ever wrote, re-written as a Batman story. It was conceived by Gibson with The Shadow in mind. The similarities between The Shadow and Batman are well documented. So creating a story about The Shadow and then changing it to a Batman tale wasn’t all that hard. Just change a few names and locations. Supposedly, Gibson even left behind some notes on how this “Batman” story could easily be changed back to a “Shadow” story.

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