Miscellaneous Shadow Tidbits
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Use this for your greeting card
The Shadow makes an appearance in....clipart?! Yes, that's right, I found
this by accident. In Sierra Home® Print Artist
8.0 Platinum® clipart collection, this picture is located on
CD #2 (of 7) under the category "Cartoon Men". It's entitled
and the file name is Art175.gif
The Animated Shadow
Update: The Shadow in animation?
Not really. The two clips below are actually from the 1998
French animated series Bob Morane. The "Shadow"
that emerges from the smoke is actually an android henchbot working
for the villain, and the man the android is attacking is actually
one of the good guys!
You will need RealPlayer
to view the two clips. (Thanks to Ed Kent for
the clips and Doug Rice for the information!)
Drew Radley from "My Insomnia" created an atmostpheric, black-and-white
cg-animated version of an episode of The Shadow radio show. Note that this
is part one of the episode.(Thanks to Antony for the
Extra Curricular Activities
Ever wanted to know what The Shadow does in his spare time? How
about reporting on the Timeshare (or
Vacation Ownership) industry? You
have to see it to believe it! (Thanks to
Ayn for the information!)
What's your sign?
The fantasy roleplaying game "The Elder Scrolls
III: Morrowind", available for PC and XBox, allows you to
create your own character and set him/her on an adventure in a mythical
world. You can shape your characer by choosing his/her race, type
(e.g. warrior, wizard, etc.), and even his/her astrological
sign. Interestingly enough, there is a "Shadow"
sign which enables your character to become
invisible at will! Learn
more about the game.(Thanks to Don for the
Something to Sing About
Did you know that "Original Sin" was used in the 2002 Broadway
musical "Dance of the Vampires"? This musical recycled and reused
various Jim Steinman songs. The song "Original Sin" (combined with
"Total Eclipse of the Heart", another Steinman hit) is performed
by the lead vampire character named Graf von Krolock
(Thanks to David Bibb for the information and
the updated links!)
to the MP3 version here
European version of the Original Sin on YouTube
Dance of the Vampires site (on Web Archive)
Dance of the Vampires on Wikipedia
In the musical "Bye Bye Birdie", The Shadow and Lamont Cranston gets
a brief mention in the lyrics.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)
Read it here - You'll need to scroll down to the last item listed right before Act 2, Scene 7
Info for Bye Bye Birdie
New Wave artists Devo (best known
for the song Whip It) had a song called The
Shadow. It was on their 1998 album
Total Devo. The song deals with the dark side of people,
and contains a few lines we Shadow fans know so well.(Thanks
to Planetloud for the information!)
Devo's official site - live show info, discography, and more
Devo's unofficial site - a really good fan site
Both The Coasters and Link Wray each recorded a song called "The Shadow Knows" in
1958 and 1964 respectively. Link Wray's version was instrumental, and completely
unrelated to The Coaster's song apart from the title. (Thanks
to P.J. for the information!)
Info for The Coasters
Info for Link Wray
UK band Mudlow recently recorded a cover of Link Wray's "The Shadow
Knows" for a Link Wray tribute project. Their music video on YouTube
features various images of The Shadow from different media, plus vintage
photographs of real-life crimes from the 1920s and 1930s. (Thanks
to Mudlow for the information!)
The Shadow Knows by Mudlow
Official site for Mudlow
"Iron Will" the 2008 album from Swedish heavy metal band Grand Magus features
a song called "The Shadow Knows".(Thanks to xvxTheShadowxvx
for the information!)
Official site for Grand Magus
Info for Grand Magus
Lyrics for "The Shadow Knows"
Yes, believe it or not, there is a blues band called "The Lamont Cranston
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)
Info for The Lamont Cranston Band
Profile at Blues on Stage.
Spyware's own Spy
anti-spyware software, SpySweeper, the control
panel along the left side features two buttons that show a figure in the
background dressed in black with a wide-brimmed hat tilted down on one
side. Sound familiar?
(Thanks to Corey G. for the information and picture!)
Shadow Source Code
Buried deep in a large assembly language performance monitor named DCMS - the Dirt Cheap Monitor System:
The block of code (50 or so instructions) had no obvious entrance, no exit and the program failed without it.
/* Purpose: Only Lamont
Cranston knows */.
Note: An assembly language is a low-level programming language for
(Thanks to David Bibb for the information!)
In this card game, "Spy", you must send
out your spies to deliver secret documents. Notice that the cover of the
card game looks very similiar to the 1994 movie poster!
Cover picture - See for yourself
Spy - A review of the card game
(Thanks to Jeff Hoffman for the information and picture!)
The Shadow in Video Games
Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves, oh my...
Released in 1999, video game "Nocturne"
featured a mysterious .45 automatic-wielding anti-hero clad in a fedora
and a long trench coat that whipped in the wind like a cloak. Sound familiar?
Reminiscent of The Shadow from the radio and comics, "The Stranger"
fought the supernatural. The difference is, the game is set in the 1920s,
The Stranger works for a secret government organization, and those .45s
Overview and review of Nocturne at Gamespot
View the screenshots - Some pictures of The Stranger
Droogie's Nocturne FAQ - The complete walkthrough and plot
(Thanks to Phil Bledsoe for the information!)
Crime in the City
In 1991, Nintendo released the game "Nightshade",
featuring a "Shadowy-looking" vigilante who takes over the crime fighting
when the city's protector is murdered.
(Thanks to Clyde Vincent for the information!)
Shadow of the Apocalypse
The 2015 game "Fallout 4" which takes place in the post-apocalyptic city of Boston features a Shadow-inspired fictional comic book character called The Silver Shroud. Like The Shadow, he wears a fedora and a scarf and fights crime in the city. In the game itself, the player can disguise him/herself as The Silver Shroud.
More about The Silver Shroud
More about Fallout 4
(Thanks to Ashley for the information!)
Pulp Heroes Unite!
Ever wished for a pulp hero video game? Pulp enthusiast Benton Grey has created a mod for the video game "Freedom Force" featuring over 20 pulp heros including The Shadow, Doc Savage, Zorro, The Spider, The Lone Ranger, The Phantom, and Miss Fury.
Here's what Benton says you'll need to play the game:
You do need a copy of Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich to play the mod, but it is extremely cheap these days. You can buy it for five or six bucks on GOG.com and Steam, less when on sale, which happens often. It was designed for Windows XP, but it seems to work pretty well in Windows 8 and 10, though I suggest running the game in compatibility mode for Windows XP Service Pack 2. If you have the Steam version, running Steam itself in compatibility mode is also a good idea to avoid issues.
More about the Pulp Adventures Mod
Here are the requirements for the game:
If folks have any trouble getting the game to work or have questions about the mod, they can find help from the fantastic FF community, myself included, at our forum, Freedom Reborn.
- Minimum system requirements - Windows: XP / Vista/ 7 / 8 / 10
- Processor: 1.4 GHz recommended
- Memory: 512 MB RAM
- Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible 32MB video card with hardware T&L
- Mouse, Keyboard.
More about Freedom Force and its sequel
(Thanks to Benton Grey for the information!)
Call of The Shadow
The standalone Zombies mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops III (released in 2015 by Treyarch) features a "Shadows of Evil" map on disk. The setting is in a fictional 1940s metropolis called "Morg City". The poster for this game features a shadowy figure in a fedora called the "Shadow Man", who can appear and disappear at will. [Spoiler Alert!] In the reveal, however, he turns out to be less Shadow-y and more of a Lovecraftian-like shapeshifter.
According to NaBrZHunter and PINNAZ at the Call of Duty Zombies Forums:
The reveal trailer certainly had a familiar sound to it, however.
(Thanks to NaBrZHunter and PINNAZ at the Call of Duty Zombies Forums for the information and pictures!)
"I have been watching. I have seen each and every one of your misdeeds...your sins serve only as an invitation. An invitation to an evil beyond your imagination. I will lead the way. I will show you the path. Only through me, the Shadow Man, will you find your redemption."
Reveal Trailer [Webmistress's Note: According to YouTube, you need to log in to see this as some of the content in the video might not be appropriate for some.]
This Shadow Man continues to evoke thoughts of The Shadow in his appearances in later maps, such as the [Black Ops III] re-release of the 2011 Zombies map, Ascension [Webmistress's Note: You can see the Shadow Man on the left hand side of the window in this picture.]
Also interesting to note is the fact that the Black Ops Zombies series has also used the element of a one-night, repeated death time loop like the one in The Shadow radio episode, "The Man Who Murdered Time" (1939). One of the masterminds behind the game mode, Craig Houston, has a particular interest in time-anomalies, and has made countless references to Lost (TV Show) and other pop culture icons over the years.
More information about Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Check out the artwork on the Outlaw monster truck. Looks more "Shadowy" than cowboy, don't you think?
See for yourself
(Thanks to Johanna Walker for the information!)
A Shadow-y Pub Crawl
An English pub is probably the last place you expect to find The Shadow hanging around, but these two London pubs will change your mind:
(Thanks to Andrew Sumner for the information and for managing to snap these pictures of The Gladstone Arms before it was demolished!)
- The Gladstone Arms
Nicknamed "The Glad", this former Victorian-era pub and famous music venue is located Borough, London (to the south of the Thames River.) It featured a mural of The Shadow on one side of the building.
The owner/manager, Danny Gladstone, had no idea who The Shadow was when he chose this classic image of The Shadow by artist George Rozen. It just looked cool and he really liked it!
Sadly this pub was bought and closed down by property developers, and is recently slated for demolision.
Views of The Gladstone Arms: Side view of building | The Shadow | Close-up of The Shadow | Side view (non-Shadow)
- Filthy MacNasty's
Located in Islington, London (north of the Thames River), this pub is also owned by the owner/manager of The Glad, so not surprisingly, The Shadow makes another appearance on the building's wall.
Unfortunately, like The Glad, this is now closed down, and will be replaced by a gastropub (you can barely see The Shadow mural on the pub's wall in the link to this article).