Monday, January 31, 2022

The Shadow Lives! in the pages of THE SHADOWED CIRCLE #2


America’s new “Pulp Journal” returns—and it’s another corker!

Editor Steve Donoso and his agents are obviously putting a lot of work into this project, and pulp fandom is richer for it. This is a professional job all the way – with one exception: There’s are no ads!

Among this issue’s features:

Malcolm Deeley takes a deep dive into Mike Kaluta’s graphic novel, Hitler’s Astrologer.

Will Murray gives us a peek behind the curtain at Nostalgia Venture/Sanctum Books, revealing the trials and tribulations of pairing similarly themed stories.

Steve Donoso takes us on a tour of the Shadow’s New York City with 17 brilliant photos taken between 1935 and 1938. It’s the next best thing to being there.

Steve then provides an incisive review of Will’s excellent Master of Mystery: The Rise of the Shadow. (Do you have that book yet? What are you waiting for?)

From Tim King comes a fascinating look at the Shadow’s influence on real-life military and intelligence units—and no doubt expands the field of Shadow collectibles.

Todd D. Severin and Keith Holt offer Part 1 of what looks to be an in-depth look at Shadow History. This episode takes us from the birth of the pulps, through the Shadow’s debut as a radio personality, and into the mind of Walter Gibson as he brings the character to life. Great stuff.

Is that all? Nope. The issue rounds out with an expose providing convincing evidence that the fictional Explorer’s League, invented by Lester Dent in 1940, was actually New York’s real-life—and very prestigious—Explorer’s Club.

Accompanying all this are more good-lookin’ illustrations than you can aim a .45 at. You want a copy!

Where the heck can you get one? Visit the Facebook page:, or write Burbank directly at

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