In this weeks episode I will be discussing The Shadow #0 published by Dynamite Entertainment. This issue came into comic shops this week and features The Shadow training with Harry Houdini. The issue is written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Colton Worley. Marc Rueda provided the colors and Rob Steen was the letterer.
The issue takes place in two separate time periods. One portion is set in New York City in 1925 with Lamont Cranston being trained in the art of escape by Harry Houdini. Another portion takes place in Los Angeles in 1936 with The Shadow venturing into the lair of the Society of United Magicians to save Houdini’s kidnapped widow, Bess. Combining The Shadow and Houdini is a great idea. Walter Gibson, the creator of the pulp Shadow was a magician himself and ghost wrote for Houdini. Houdini himself was also a credited pulp writer. He is credited for writing the story Under the Pyramids for the 50th Anniversary issue of Weird Tales. In reality this was ghost written by H.P. Lovecraft based on an idea by Houdini.
The Shadow #0 on Comixology: https://www.comixology.com/The-Shadow-0-Digital-Exclusive-Edition/digital-comic/123660ht
Cullen Bunn at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=9802
Cullen Bunn at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/l3zpdqw
Colton Worley at ComicDB: http://comicbookdb.com/creator.php?ID=14462
Colton Worley at Amazon: http://tinyurl.com/muenb7v
Walter B. Gibson: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walter_B._Gibson