The Shadow Wiki
Staff TemplateCharacter Template
Modest Stein

Real Name
Modest Stein

First "Shadow" publication

Place of Birth

Date of Birth
Date of Death

February 22, 1871
February 26, 1958

Professional History

Modest Stein was a magazine cover artist from 1910 until the decline of the pulp publications in 1949. He's best known for his painted covers for several Street & Smith magazines, such as The Shadow Magazine.

Though Stein's first Shadow cover was its premier issue, that image was only a reworking of an earlier painting of his which was used for the 1919 publication, Thrill Book.

His impressionistic-styled covers for The Shadow began appearing in 1943. It was during his run that the magazine became digest size. Stein was able to provide a very surrealistic, and modern, look for the new smaller-sized magazine, which was indicative to the ones appearing on paperback books at the time. Most of his covers didn't even depict The Shadow on them.

Modest Stein died on February 26, 1958.

Work History

Images Attributed to Modest Stein


  • No special notes.


  • No trivia.

See Also

Official Website

  • None.

Links and References

  • None.