That being said, The Atomic Underworld was a real treat for us enthusiasts of all thing Atomically mutated. Long time fans and new readers alike are fortunate to have the opportunity to explore yet another part of the fantastic, steam punkish world that Jack Conner has created for our entertainment.
I love to read, however, I'm a person of few words I prefer to read them rather than speak them. I actually did something I've never done before I stopped in the middle of another book to read this one. I hate doing that. This one was worth the effort though. It's a very good book, well worth the time, and I can't wait for the next one! Initially I thought the story sounded good from the description, but didn't have a lot of hope that it would carried off well. I figured it would devolve into a bunch of mutants trying to kill our unbeatable hero. Well, that sort of happens, but he does get beat up, a lot.
It is a good story with an original setting. I some ways it reminded my of Nifft the Lean by Michael Shea in the way the underground world is brought to life. The characters are well done and there is a lot of backstory with a lot left to be explored. This is an engaging creation and I look forward to reading part two.
Welcome to the underworld of the Atomic Underworld. Two Bit is a magnet for trouble and always just one step ahead of it as he tries to figure out what the mysterious events are leading up to. Conner delivers up a new entertaining aspect of the Atomic world filled with great characters and supporting cast that makes the story move right along. A fun and enjoyable read that you will like as much as I did, so give Mr.
Connor a try, you won't be disappointed. This is a fantastic read. It's the sort of gonzo wildness that "new fantasy" is going for- exotic settings, strange races,and time periods other then the Middle Age. The setting is the Atomic Sea, a poison ocean with radioactive water that turns humans into fishlike mutants, who live in bizzare sewer ghettos. The races are human, the aforementioned mutants, and the lovecraftian "prehumans"- horrific creatures that live in the mutant ghettos. Thrown into this mess is Tavlin Metzler, a conflicted human man caught up in a noir story of crime, adventure, and horror.
This is a great read. The setting is great, and the plot is compelling, but it's the characters that really shine. From the crime boss that's more of a local hero, to Tavlin himself, the protagonist, who has several rather surprising aspects to his past. I fully recommend this book. I haven't read the Atomic Sea series. I just found this first in the Atomic Underworld series. I was totally blown away! Connor has created a fantastic world! Excellent writing, great descriptions, no wasted words. I started City of Shadows immediately after finishing this one and I am delighted to see the continuity in quality.
I give the author major props for scaring the bejeweled out of me with this spinoff from Atomic Sea. I don't scare easy The twists and creatures , the suspense, a little romance on the side not over done was well put together page after page. I'm off to continue the journey with Two-bit and maybe friends. I give this 5 stars, to bad I can't give it more. One person found this helpful. See all 68 reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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Not Enabled Word Wise: Enabled Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. On September 26, , The Shadow radio drama , a new radio series based on the character as created by Gibson for the pulp magazine, premiered with the story "The Death House Rescue," in which The Shadow was characterized as having "the power to cloud men's minds so they cannot see him.
The introduction from The Shadow radio program "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? At the end of each episode The Shadow reminded listeners that, "The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Crime does not pay Chrisman and Sweets felt the upcoming series should be narrated by a mysterious storyteller with a sinister voice, and began searching for a suitable name. Thus, beginning on July 31, ,   "The Shadow" was the name given to the mysterious narrator of the Detective Story Hour.
The narrator was initially voiced by James LaCurto,  who was replaced after four months by prolific character actor Frank Readick Jr. The episodes were drawn from the Detective Story Magazine issued by Street and Smith, "the nation's oldest and largest publisher of pulp magazines. Listeners found the sinister announcer much more compelling than the unrelated stories. They soon began asking newsdealers for copies of "that Shadow detective magazine", even though it did not exist.
Gibson to begin writing stories about "The Shadow". Using the pen name of Maxwell Grant and claiming the stories were "from The Shadow's private annals as told to" him, Gibson wrote out of tales over the next 20 years: The first story produced was " The Living Shadow ", published April 1, Gibson's characterization of The Shadow laid the foundations for the archetype of the superhero, including stylized imagery and title, sidekicks, supervillains, and a secret identity.
Clad in black, The Shadow operated mainly after dark as a vigilante in the name of justice, and terrifying criminals into vulnerability. French comics historian Xavier Fournier notes other similarities with another silent serial, The Shielding Shadow , whose protagonist had a power of invisibility, and considers The Shadow to be a mix between the two characters. In the s, some Shadow comic strips were translated in France as adventures of Judex.
Because of the great effort involved in writing two full-length novels every month, several guest writers were hired to write occasional installments in order to lighten Gibson's workload. In the late s, mystery novelist Bruce Elliott also a magician would temporarily replace Gibson as the primary author of the pulp series. Gibson wrote three new "official" stories between and The first began a new series of nine updated Shadow novels from Belmont Books , starting with Return of The Shadow under his own name.
In these novels, The Shadow is given psychic powers, including the radio character's ability "to cloud men's minds", so that he effectively became invisible; he is more of a spymaster than crime fighter in these updated eight novels. The novel, written by Will Murray, used unpublished material originally written in by Doc Savage originator Lester Dent and published under the pen name "Kenneth Robeson". Set in , the story details the conflict between the two pulp magazine icons. A sequel, Empire of Doom , was published in and takes place seven years later in The Shadow's old enemy, Shiwan Khan, attacks his hated adversary.
As depicted in the pulps, The Shadow wore a wide-brimmed black hat and a black, crimson-lined cloak with an upturned collar over a standard black business suit. In the s comic books, the later comic book series, and the film starring Alec Baldwin , he wore either the black hat or a wide-brimmed, black fedora and a crimson scarf just below his nose and across his mouth and chin. Both the cloak and scarf covered either a black double-breasted trench coat or a regular black suit.
As seen in some of the later comics series, The Shadow would also wear his hat and scarf with either a black Inverness coat or Inverness cape. In the radio drama , which debuted in , The Shadow was an invisible avenger who had learned, while "traveling through the Orient," "the mysterious power to cloud men's minds, so they could not see him. Thus, the character was given the power to escape human sight. Voice effects were added to suggest The Shadow's seeming omnipresence. To explain this power, The Shadow was described as a master of hypnotism , as explicitly stated in several radio episodes.
He became known by the alias the Black Eagle, according to The Shadow's Shadow , although later stories revised this alias as the Dark Eagle, beginning with The Shadow Unmasks After the war, Allard finds a new challenge in waging war on criminals. Allard falsifies his death in the South American jungles, then returns to the United States. Arriving in New York City , he adopts numerous identities to conceal his existence.
One of the identities Allard assumes—indeed, the best known—is that of Lamont Cranston, a "wealthy young man-about-town. While Cranston travels the world, Allard assumes his identity in New York. In their first meeting, Allard, as The Shadow, threatens Cranston, saying he has arranged to switch signatures on various documents and other means that will allow him to take over the Lamont Cranston identity entirely unless Cranston agrees to allow Allard to impersonate him when he is abroad. Although alarmed at first, Cranston is amused by the irony of the situation and agrees.
The two men sometimes meet in order to impersonate each other Crime over Miami , The disguise works well because Allard and Cranston resemble each other Dictator of Crime , His other disguises include businessman Henry Arnaud , who first appeared in The Black Master March 1, , which revealed that like Cranston, there is a real Henry Arnaud; elderly Isaac Twambley, who first appeared in No Time For Murder ; and Fritz, who first appeared in " The Living Shadow " April ; in this last disguise, he sometimes takes the place of the doddering old slow-witted, uncommunicative janitor who works at Police Headquarters in order to listen in on conversations and to look at evidence.
For the first half of The Shadow's tenure in the pulps, his past and identity are ambiguous. In "The Living Shadow", a thug claims to have seen the Shadow's face, and thought he saw "a piece of white that looked like a bandage. In the radio drama, the Allard secret identity was dropped for simplicity's sake. On the radio, The Shadow was only Lamont Cranston; he had no other aliases or disguises. Though initially wanted by the police, The Shadow also works with and through them, notably gleaning information from his many chats with Police Commissioners Ralph Weston and Wainwright Barth while at the Cobalt Club; the latter is also Cranston's uncle.
Jonathan Winters portrayed him in the film. Weston believes that Cranston is merely a rich playboy who dabbles in detective work. Another police contact is Detective later Inspector Joseph Cardona, a key character in many Shadow novels. In contrast to the pulps, The Shadow radio drama limited the cast of major characters to The Shadow, Commissioner Weston, and Margo Lane, the last of whom was created specifically for the radio series, as it was believed the abundance of agents would make it difficult to distinguish between characters.
Cardona was a minor character in several episodes. Shrevvy was merely an acquaintance of Cranston and Lane, and occasionally Cranston's chauffeur. The Shadow also faces a wide variety of enemies, ranging from kingpins and mad scientists and international spies. In addition, the villain King Kauger from the Shadow story Wizard of Crime is also the unseen mastermind behind the events of Intimidation, Inc. The Shadow also battles collectives of criminals, such as the Silent Seven, the Salamanders, and the Hydra. Chrisman and Sweets felt the program should be introduced by a mysterious storyteller.
A young scriptwriter, Harry Charlot, suggested the name of "The Shadow. The narrator was first voiced by James La Curto,  but became a national sensation when radio veteran Frank Readick, Jr. This marked the beginning of a long association between the radio persona and sponsor Blue Coal. Contrary to dozens of encyclopedias, published reference guides, and even Walter Gibson himself, The Shadow never served as narrator of Love Story Hour. He appeared only in advertisements for The Shadow Magazine at the end of each episode.
In October , the radio persona temporarily moved to NBC. Frank Readick again played the role of the sinister-voiced host on Mondays and Wednesdays, both at 6: The Shadow returned to network airwaves on September 26, ,  over the Mutual Broadcasting System. Thus began the "official" radio drama , with year-old Orson Welles starring as Lamont Cranston, a "wealthy young man about town. Welles did not speak the signature line, "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?
After Welles departed the show in , Bill Johnstone was chosen to replace him and voiced the character for five seasons. Following Johnstone's departure, The Shadow was portrayed by such actors as Bret Morrison the longest tenure, with 10 years total in two separate runs , John Archer , and Steven Courtleigh the actors were rarely credited. The Shadow also inspired another radio hit, The Whistler , with a similarly mysterious narrator.
The radio drama also introduced female characters into The Shadow's realm, most notably Margo Lane played by Agnes Moorehead , among others as Cranston's love interest, crime-solving partner and the only person who knows his identity as The Shadow. Her sudden, unexplained appearance in the pulps annoyed readers and generated a flurry of hate mail printed in The Shadow Magazine's letters page.
Lane was described as Cranston's "friend and companion" in later episodes, although the exact nature of their relationship was unclear. In the early scripts of the radio drama the character's name was spelled "Margot. Ken Roberts also returned as the announcer. Throughout the s and s, several dozen LPs appeared in print from other record labels that featured recordings made from the original broadcast Shadow radio show dramas. The Shadow has been adapted for the comics several times during his long history; his first comics appearance was on June 17, as a syndicated daily newspaper comic strip offered through the Ledger Syndicate.
The strip's story continuity was written by Walter B. Gibson, with plot lines adapted from the Shadow pulps, and the strip was illustrated by Vernon Greene. Due to pulp paper shortages during World War II and the growing amount of space required for war news from both the European and Pacific fronts, the strip was canceled on June 13, , after two years and nine adventures had been published.
The Shadow daily was collected decades later in two comic book series from two different publishers see below , first in and then in Their character was called "The Shadow'" with an apostrophe , which is short for "Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom". Throughout the story, someone is trying to kill Margo, getting "Shad", as she calls him, into various predicaments: He tricks Margo into an outhouse the interior of which is an impossibly huge mansion which he demolishes with dynamite. In this story, Lamont Shadowskeedeeboomboom lures Manduck and Loathar to his home on the pretense of wanting to buy cases of Manduck's snake oil ; in reality, he has learned that Manduck also has "the secret power to cloud men's minds, and so in order to keep [his] secret exclusive", he intends to destroy Manduck.
A battle of hypnotic gesturing ensues, during which Loathar somehow also has the power. Each character turns himself or one or two of the others into one of the other characters, culminating in three Manducks who all gesture hypnotically, causing a massive explosion that leaves only one Manduck who may or may not be the real one. Manduck's girlfriend, Narda, declares that whomever he really is, "Only one of you is dear to my heart and that one is During the superhero revival of the s, Archie Comics published an eight-issue series, The Shadow Aug. In the first issue, The Shadow was loosely based on the radio version, but with blond hair.
In issue 2 Sept. Later issues of this eight-issue series were written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel. During the mids, DC Comics published an "atmospheric interpretation" of the character by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Michael Kaluta  in a issue series Nov. Kaluta drew issues 1—4 and 6 and was followed by Frank Robbins and then E. Attempting to be faithful to both the pulp-magazine and radio-drama character, the series guest-starred fellow pulp fiction hero the Avenger in issue In Batman Dec.
Batman, out of costume and in disguise as an older night janitor, makes a crime fighting acknowledgement, in a thought balloon , to the Shadow.
In , another DC adaptation was developed by Howard Chaykin. This four issue miniseries, The Shadow: While initially successful,  this version proved unpopular with traditional Shadow fans  because it depicted The Shadow using two Uzi submachine guns, as well as featuring a strong strain of black comedy and extreme violence throughout.
The Shadow , set in our modern era, was continued in as a monthly DC comics series by writer Andy Helfer editor of the miniseries ; it was drawn primarily by artists Bill Sienkiewicz issues 1—6 and Kyle Baker issues 8—19 and two Shadow Annual s. This one-shot appeared in both hardcover and trade paperback editions. Each cover was illustrated by Greene and colored by one of Eternity's colorists.
A total of 13 issues appeared featuring just the black-and-white daily until the final issue, dated November, Some of the Shadow storylines were contained in one issue, while others were continued over into the next. When a Shadow story ended, another tale would begin in the same issue. This back-to-back format continued until the final 13th issue. Here is a list of the reprinted strip's storylines:. Dave Stevens ' nostalgic comics series Rocketeer contains a great number of pop culture references to the s.
Various characters from the Shadow pulps make appearances in the storyline published in the Rocketeer Adventure Magazine , including The Shadow's famous alter ego Lamont Cranston. Two issues were published by Comico in and , but the third and final instalment did not appear until years later, finally appearing in from Dark Horse Comics. All three issues were then collected by Dark Horse into a slick trade paperback titled The Rocketeer: The volume also featured a new Shadow adventure drawn by Kaluta.
This series was set in the s and returned The Shadow to his pulp origins. During its run, it featured The Shadow's first team-up with Doc Savage , another popular hero of the pulp magazine era. Both characters appeared together in a four-issue story that crossed back and forth between each character's DC comic series. In issue 7, The Shadow meets a radio announcer named Grover Mills, a character based on the young Orson Welles , who has been impersonating The Shadow on the radio. The character's name is taken from Grover's Mill, New Jersey , the name of the small town where the Martians land in Welles' radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds.
It published the Shadow miniseries The Shadow: