Bob Dylan's newest song, False Prophet, uses a Shadow cover for its image.
False Prophet on the album Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
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This is the last of the Bruce Elliott Shadow novels, and in it, The Shadow returns AS The Shadow, in full force. Granted, he doesn't really sound like himself in many cases---sometimes saying, "Yeah" instead of "Yes." Burbank at one point transfers Hawkeye's call directly to the Shadow, rather than tasking the information and replaying Hawkeye's info to The Shadow, as Gibson would. Still, it's a really good novel, very hard-boiled, starting out with thugs threatening to use thumb screws on a surgeon, a protection racket hitting many levels of the city (actresses being threatened with acid to ruin their faces, etc.) and a really good climax where The Shadow is threatened by death by high-pressure boiling steam or escaping into the lion's …Read more >
"The Python" sounds like a corny masked menace, but it is anything but. First off, the Shadow is in MORE troiuble than I've ever seen him from the get-go. A chance automobile accident delivers the Shadow, as Cranston, in the hands of thugs---and these thugs, smarter than the usual, look in his briefcase, see his cloak and slouch hat, put two and two together, and realize this well-dressed gentlemen is the hated Shadow. The actual mastermind, called the Python (but no corny costume, that's just his nickname, like Scarface or Babyface or Pretty Boy Floyd) has the Shadow tied up and helpless at the very begining of the novel. Later he buries the Shadow in a holding cell underneath a construction project in the river, and one of his thugs …Read more >
The premise is more sf than usual in The Shadow, a deadly invention (a distintegration ray, no less!) by a scientist, and one would think it was more suited for Doc Savage. Actually, one of the best Shadow novels ever, with the real Lamont Cranston appearing and the Shadow letting the criminals think the real Lamont Cranston is the Shadow (and vice versa) which leads to the real Cranston being kidnapped. (Cranston sure is a lot more patient with the Shadow usurping his ID than I would be.) The Shadow is badly injured--twice. Cliff Marsland, the Shadow's underworld agent, is held captive, Harry Vincent poses as the Shadow at one point and agents Vincent and Mann play a chess game to determine who will risk their life for the Shadow. All …Read more >