Sunday, May 19, 2019

THE SHADOW Dailies: "The Riddle of the Sealed Box" Week 5

Previously on The Shadow: Just before his death, the mayor sends a box of dirt on the local graft ring to retired businessman Richard Whilton. Whilton, of course, is promptly bumped off, and the box stolen. The Shadow makes the scene, finding a coin dropped by the killer, but the cops burst in and he has to fight his way out. On the way, he promises Whilton’s daughter Eunice to set things right. 

Lamont Cranston then paid a visit to community reformer James Belver, who suspects the dead guy’s attorney, Rufus Voggle. Voggle enters and casts suspicion on Eunice’s out-of-town fiance, Larry Sherrin. Spotting an ad for the coin in the Lost and Found, The Shadow flits over to the address in search of the killer. Instead, he finds the sealed box. Picking it up triggers an alarm, and the cops chase him to the roof, where he falls through a skylight to certain doom. 

When his fall is broken by a rising elevator car, he thrusts the sealed box into the hands of the man inside. He thinks this guy is the killer, and wants him caught with the evidence, but blundering cops allow the the guy to escape. Cranston then has another encounter with suspects Voggle and Sherrin, and reformer Belver. He gets good news: The police chief tells him he'll start working with the Shadow on the case. And bad: He gets a note addressed to the Shadow, telling him to get out of town. Is his identity blown? He asks Eunice to open is briefcase, where she finds his Shadow duds. Donning them, she distracts a would-be assassin and throws him off the scent. 

New developments: The Shadow learns that Eunice's father left Larry Sherrin 50 Grand in his will. Lawyer Voggle enlists Larry's snaky ex-girlfriend Theda Morenz and her shady pal Nick Kromer to brace Larry and find out if he has the sealed box, but Eunice and the Shadow bust in to spoil their play . . . 

Three weeks to go . . . 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Forgotten Stories: "Tarzan and the Tarmangani" by ???

This short adventure from a 1940s comic book was penned by someone whose initials were almost assuredly not ERB. But hey, that's okay. It's the Ape Man.

Thursday, May 16, 2019


More spacey stuff from the Larry Paschelke Collection. These push-out paper people from the early 1950s stand about 9" tall, each with a base meant to be folded back to stand on their own. The ray-guns were designed to be folded in half to create a two-sided blaster. Larry, being a wise little Cadet, chose not to fold them, and has kept them squirreled away in primo condition all these years. Thanks for sharing, Mr. P. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Famous BLITZKRIEGS of the Past (1941)

These quickie history lessons are presented as a public service by Master Comics, comicbookplus and Davy Crockett's Almanack, in that order. 

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SHERLOCK HOLMES in (sort of) "Death at the Opera" (1950)

From Spectacular Stories #4, dated July 1950, comes this odd use of The Great Detective. "Yoc" uploaded it to Comic Book Plus (.com) for us.