Monday, April 21, 2014

Houdini meets The Shadow in July

A little update today on Cullen Bunn's upcoming graphic novel featuring Houdini and The Shadow. According to Bleeding Cool, The Shadow #0 will be published in July along with three other 10th Anniversary special releases from Dynamite. The book will be solicited in Diamond Comic Distributors' May Previews catalog.

In The Shadow #0, secrets of The Shadow’s past are revealed as he meets Houdini! The Shadow infiltrates the sanctum of an esoteric society of murderous magicians, who are hell-bent on escaping the ultimate trap-death itself! In order to thwart their plans, he must evade twisted traps and solve spellbinding puzzles. A good-or evil-magician never reveals his secrets… but The Shadow knows.

When I reported on this last month, I noted that The Shadow's creator, Walter B. Gibson (below), was Houdini's friend and his ghostwriter. Since then I've learned that Houdini actually called Gibson "Shadow." What's interesting is that was well before Gibson created his famous pulp hero in the 1930s.

Houdini's "Shadow".

5 comments:

  1. Walter was a good friend. He did the original Houdini Seances with us just about every year when we were in New York City. Milbourne Christopher attended most of them as well. We also visited him at his home North of us. His beautiful ex showgirl, performer wife was there also. We even interviewed him on tape. A most amazing man, who talked for hours on end about magic and of course Houdini. It is amazing how much he was able to put out in one lifetime. He asked me to continue the tradition of the Houdini seances as Bess asked him to do. I even have the authors copy of one of his Houdini books in our collection, signed by him.

    Remembered and much missed.

    Dorothy Dietrich
    Houdini Museum
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini
    The Original Houdini Museum in NYC.

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  2. A great pulp era character. Look forward to the books release.

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  3. Part of some of them were printed in our Hocus Pocus Magazine. Jan-March 1981. It is quoted several times in "Walter B. Gibson and the Shadow"
    By Thomas J. Shimeld

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  4. Also Hocus Pocus Magazine April-May(June) 1981. They would be Vol 3, issue 1, and Vol 3, issue 2.

    I believe we have some back issues available.

    Dorothy Dietrich
    Houdini Museum
    The Only Building in the World Dedicated to Houdini
    The Original Houdini Museum in NYC.
    magicus@comcast.net

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