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Going on hiatus

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, October 6, 2017 in Old Time Radio (OTR), Pulp, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

Going on hiatus

This blog, That’s Pulp!, is going on an extended vacation. I can’t tell you when I’ll return… I don’t know.

To all you pulp fans who have visited here over the past two years, I want to thank you for your interest, your support, and your kind comments. And to Bill Lampkin, who owns and operates ThePulp.Net, I want to extend my sincere gratitude for allowing me the opportunity to address you weekly. A nicer and more helpful guy I’ve never met.

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TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 22, 2017 in Movies, Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

This week, we provide you with another in the rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Don’t hold me to the two-minute part… but it’s close. That’s how long it will take to read. Solving the mystery may, however, take more than two minutes. Examine the clues; test your sleuthing skills.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website a dozen years ago. The one presented here today was one of those. Perhaps you’ll remember it, and remember the solution, as well. And perhaps not…

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

The solution, at least the one that author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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Advertising The Shadow

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 15, 2017 in Mail-away premiums, Movies, Old Time Radio (OTR), Pulp, Serials, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

Advertising The Shadow
Ad found in a 1938 issue of Doc Savage Magazine.

Ad found in a 1938 issue of Doc Savage Magazine.

Ads and promotions for The Shadow appeared in many forms. Below you will see examples of some of them. Most are advertisements intended to entice radio listeners to tune in each Sunday afternoon for another exciting episode of The Shadow program. There are also a few advertisements for the pulp magazines and movies shown.

Ink blotters were probably the most commonly found types of advertising material for The Shadow. Although nobody uses ink blotters any more, back in the old radio era ball-point pens were not yet being mass produced and most people wrote with fountain pens and regularly used ink blotters. They were cheap to produce and became a popular advertising medium for all sorts of products and businesses.

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TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 1, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

Here’s a new entry in my rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Another chance to match wits with The Shadow, solve the mystery along with crimedom’s nemesis. Sharpen your sleuthing skills and give it a couple minutes of your valuable time.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website, a dozen or more years ago. You may remember it… you may remember the solution, as well. But for those of you who missed it the first time around, here’s a summer rerun!

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

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The Shadow on television

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, August 25, 2017 in Movies, Old Time Radio (OTR), Old TV Shows, Pulp, Serials, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

The Shadow on television

The version of The Shadow that radio listeners heard beginning in 1937 was designed specifically for the medium of radio. And it was a perfect fit. A crime fighter with the power to become invisible required no special effects other than what the individual mind could conjure.

That version of The Shadow did not translate well to the screen, either large or small. There were a series of motion-picture shorts that featured an early radio version of The Shadow… where The Shadow was an unseen narrator of the stories. Four feature-length motion pictures were produced between 1937 and 1946, but they used a more pulp version of The Shadow. A 1940 movie serial used the same approach. It wasn’t until 1994 and the motion picture The Shadow, starring Alec Baldwin, that radio’s version of The Shadow appeared in movie theaters… and disappeared, using his power to cloud men’s minds.

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TMM #9: Death’s Dart

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, August 11, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #9: Death’s Dart
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

Yes, it’s time for another Shadow Two-Minute Mystery. It will take about two minutes to read. The Shadow will solve the case, but you won’t be told exactly how. You are challenged to solve the mystery yourself; all the clews are there. (Yes, I spelled it “clews”)

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my “Shadow in Review” website between 2003 and 2008.

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. He had no supernatural abilities; he was simply a man; a top physical and intellectual specimen. He haunted the dark streets of Manhattan in a black cloak and black slouch hat which rendered him “virtually” invisible, allowing him to blend into the shadows. He was a crime fighter of the highest rank. And it is upon this pulp character that this solve-it-yourself mystery is based.

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