The Shadow Pulp’s first issue hits record $ 156,000 at auction
The first issue of the historic pulp magazine The shadow (April 1931) in FN condition- comes from sold for $ 156,000 at Heritage Auctions, a record price for the issue in any quality. The character has been fleshed out and transformed into an icon by Walter B. Gibson at the behest of founding American fiction publisher Street & Smith, after being introduced as the mysterious narrator of the Detective’s Hour radio program. Detective’s Hour was itself developed to promote Street & Smith’s Detective History Magazine. The Shadow as a storyteller began on Detective’s Hour July 31, 1930, and the pulp series launched on newsstands around March 6, 1931 according to the Library of Congress copyright records. This historical problem is difficult to find, even by the standards of the time, and almost impossible to find above the low level.
The shadow The pulp series spanned over 18 years in its 325 issue series, ending with the summer issue of 1949. One of the most important issues of the pulp era fictional periodicals next to All-Story magazine October 1912 (Tarzan’s first appearance), The Shadow’s print debut would become hugely influential in the superhero comics that would follow a few years later. Of course, the Shadow itself has continued to be a regular fixture in comics, novels, and other media to this day.
The Shadow – April 1931 First issue (Street & Smith) Condition: FN-. This extremely rare pulp was just as influential as Action comics # 1 or Detective Comics # 27, and is much harder to find. This is the second copy we have ever offered for auction, and the first we have seen in 11 years.
The very first “hero pulp”, he hit newsstands seven years earlier action The # 1 started the golden age of comics. A radio narrator called “The Shadow” had proven to be successful, and Street & Smith magazine publisher commissioned Walter Gibson (under the pseudonym Maxwell Grant) to take the name and flesh out a full-fledged character before that someone else does. The cover was reused from that of the October 1, 1919 issue of Thrilling book, with some modifications, possibly to save on costs.
This first issue was an instant hit (the series would last 325 issues in 18 years) and a pop culture icon was born – an icon that has appeared on radio, TV, movies, comics and elsewhere in the world. over the next nine decades, and which influenced the creation of many comic book characters.
Bookery’s lists this pulp as “fairly rare”, and the only issue we came up with prior to this one was a heavily restored FR / GD copy that sold for $ 2,629 in May 2010. Expect auctions on this awesome print come alive, to say the least. Bookery’s Guide to Pulps Second Edition VG value = $ 9,000; VF value = $ 25,000.