Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Who Knows What Evil Lurks...

Magician and writer Walter B. Gibson was born on September 12, 1897, and died in 1985. The author of more than 300 novels, he is best known for one immortal creation: The Shadow, the crimefighter who has the ability "to cloud men's minds."

The Shadow spawned a magazine, a comic book, a long-running radio series (which featured Orson Welles for a year as Lamont Cranston/The Shadow), and a 1994 film starring Alec Baldwin, Penelope Ann Miller, and Ian McKellen that, I confess, I hugely enjoyed.

For more on Gibson, see Walter B. Gibson and the Shadow by Thomas J. Shimeld (McFarland, 2005).

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