who possesses the power
to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him, and dispenses justice
with the aid of a pair of .45 automatic pistols. Originally conceived as the host of a 1930s radio mystery
series, the Shadow character became so popular that he got his own program. This led to his own pulp magazine
with stories written by the late Walter Gibson
under the pen name "Maxwell Grant
". Gibson is responsible for the majority of the Shadow mythos
we know today. Several movies have been made of the Shadow's adventures - a few movie serials and, most recently, a 1994
production starring Alec Baldwin
in the title role.
The Shadow wears a black suit, a black cloak with red lining, and a black slouch hat; the lower part of his face is masked with a red scarf, above which his hooked nose and glaring black eyes are visible. On his finger he wears the hypnotic Girasol ring. His unseen presence is made known by his chilling, maniacal laugh.
He is aided in his efforts by an unswervingly loyal network of followers, foremost of which is Margo Lane, "friend and companion" and the only person who knows that The Shadow is in reality millionaire playboy Lamont Cranston. (It was later revealed that the Cranston identity is another blind, and that the Shadow is really aviator Kent Allard.) The Shadow's archenemy is the Oriental mastermind Shiwan Khan.
"The weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay."
"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."