The Shadow (Street & Smith) April 1931-January 1932 Bound Volume - The First Six Issues of the Series.

    After debuting on July 31, 1930, as the mysterious narrator of Street & Smith's Detective Story Hour radio program, The Shadow quickly achieved enough popularity to be spun off into his own pulp title, one that also skyrocketed to success. By 1934, the magazine had inspired a slew of hero pulps featuring the likes of Doc Savage, the Spider, the Phantom Detective, G-8, Operator #5, and Secret Agent X, with others to follow (including Batman and several other comic book characters) and gone from a bi-monthly to bi-weekly publishing schedule. The title lasted until 1949, and the lion's share of his 325 adventures were written by Walter Gibson under the house pseudonym of Maxwell Grant, often at the rate of millions of words a month.

    These breathtaking copies of the April, July, October, November, and December 1931, and January 1932 issues of the influential title have been trimmed and bound into this hardcover volume. These essential early issues -- the first two of which are listed as "rare" in Bookery's Guide to Pulps, include a number of "firsts" for the series: the first appearances of supporting players Harry Vincent, Joe Cardona, Burbank, Claude Fellowes, and Lamont Cranston -- whose identity is co-opted by the Shadow; the first appearance of the Shadow's twin .45 automatics, and the first of many classic covers by Jerome and George Rozen.

    The pulps are complete with glossy covers that -- aside from some scuffing to the back of the first issue -- are largely undamaged. The pages exhibit a mild to moderate amount of tanning along the edges, but are otherwise supple and cream to off-white in color; more importantly, they are lacking the signs of advanced brittleness often found with these issues, and the only noticeable chipping is to the corners of the first two issues. The hardcover itself exhibits fading and a small area of wear to the spine, but is otherwise sturdy. Aside from having been trimmed and bound, the pulps are in overall Very Good condition. Bookery's Guide to Pulps VG value for group = $14,250. From the Frank Collection.

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