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By Brian Robb, 9781472110701

From the start superheroes represented the hopes and fears of the time. during this exact historical past, Brian Robb takes the reader throughout the different heritage of superheroes, from the 1st creations—Superman, Batman, ask yourself Woman—to the DC and surprise feud and the darker models of the Nineteen Eighties, finishing with their rebirth on the movies.

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In 1932 they had formed publisher and distributor Independent News from the ruins of a couple of indebted companies. Wheeler-Nicholson distributed his titles through them, a decision he would come to regret. The Major had fallen heavily into debt, which led to him owing Independent News a 60 significant sum. Perhaps he hadn’t realized the kind of people he was now in business with . . Donenfeld had reputedly been a bootlegger during Prohibition, with strong connections to gangster Frank Costello – it was said he had moved alcohol across the border alongside legitimate shipments of Canadian pulp paper used in his print enterprises.

The Shadow’s mixed approach to crime fighting means he both aids and is wanted by the police (a fate that later befell both Batman and 37 Spider-Man). His enemies include mad scientists, international plotters, spies, and criminal kingpins, including recurring foes Shiwan Khan, the Voodoo Master, the Prince of Evil, and the Wasp. The best-recalled radio version of The Shadow had a young (only twenty-two) Orson Welles as Lamont Cranston between 1937 and 1938. The Whistler (1942–55) was a similar radio drama (later a B-movie series) knock-off of the Shadow.

That summer they sent sample work to National, and were quickly commissioned to produce a single-page strip entitled Henri Duval of France, Famed Soldier of Fortune. The swashbuckler strip appeared in New Fun #6 (October 1935) and it was right up 58 Wheeler-Nicholson’s street. The strip ran for four instalments. That same issue contained another Siegel and Shuster strip, Doctor Occult: The Ghost Detective, published under their pseudonyms of Leger and Reuths (they were advised to use other names if they had more than one piece in an issue).

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