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The Shadow's Justice: Volume 6 (Shadow (Nostalgia Ventures)) Paperback – March 1, 2008

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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow (Nostalgia Ventures) (Book 6)
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Nostalgia Ventures; 1st edition (March 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193280658X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932806588
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,587,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David K. Taggart on December 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
This volume provides two great examples of Walter Gibson's skill at story-telling.

THE SHADOW'S JUSTICE is a missing inheritance story. Crooks get on the trail of the heir, but the SHADOW fends them off. Partnered with the SHADOW's trusted legman, Harry Vincent, the young treausre hunter is soon off to the rough country of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with crookdom in hot pursuit.

The "Napoleon" of the second adventure are old French coins, with Bonaparte on them. "The Vulture" give a broken half of a coin to each man he marks for death.

Our proxy hero, Curt, is actually a young crook, a man who turned to crime following the death of his father at the hands of the Vulture. he;s been trying to go straight, but they reel him back in when his old crime buddy finds a broken Napoleon.

Curt helps engineer a bank robbery, broken up by the SHADOW. Curt and his gang are captured and loaded secretly aboard a tramp steamer. Seems The Shadow has an extra-legal alternative to the prison system,, just like DOC SAVAGE. The SHADOW is capturing criminals and transporting them to live on a Caribbean island. A tropical paradise, with leisure oppoturnities, and a chance to build their own society -- can anyone say Key West?

Anyhow, this is just two chapters of padding, and so far as I know never was brought up again in the SHADOW. The real pupose of this is to let the Shadow recruit Curt, and put him aboard a yacht out of Bermuda, that the Vulture is known to be on. Which leads to a typical SHADOW second-half -- trying to find out who the bad guy is, with a ship substituting for the haunted mansion.

Good SHADOW adventure. Shows how Gibson could mix up the plotting, giving that he had to come up with a new Shadow every two weeks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Brown on March 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Nostalgia Ventures and Anthony Tollin have teamed up to do a comprehensive reprint of several Street & Smith pulp heroes. At present, they are doing double reprints of The Shadow and Doc Savage. Shortly, they will start new series reprinting The Avenger and The Whisperer. All have complete pulp texts (no edits or removals, like past reprints), tho reset so its easier to read, the original illustrations, reprinted covers (one is used as the cover of the book, but both original pulp covers are shown on the back), and several additional articles and extras.

Hopefully, they can succeed to reprinting all these characters in these new editions, they are all excellent.

With The Shadow having over 325 pulp novels, only a few reprinted, for the most part they are avoiding those that have been reprinted. They do try to pick two that more or less 'go together' in terms of a common theme.

With this book, #6, we have "The Shadow's Justice" (April 15, 1933) and "The Broken Napoleons" (July 15, 1936). The common theme here is 'change of pace', efforts to keep the novel fresh and not repeat themselves. The cover of "The Shadow's Justice" is used as the cover of this volume, and the original pulp covers of both is shown on the back cover.

"The Shadow's Justice" is a story set in Havana, and showcases the earlier version of the Shadow as a punisher of criminals, this time a more traditional menace then the supercriminal he would soon be tackling.

"The Broken Napoleons" is a different take on The Shadow, where this time he tries to save the criminals from themselves.

Both stories highlight the variety of Shadow novels written, necessary as they were coming out twice a month, and they needs to avoid being formaliac or repeative.
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By Peter M. Peitsch on February 17, 2015
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