MastroNet Summer 2003
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MastroNet has been singing the praises of the Shadow since our first Americana auction, and why not? He is, after all, the King of the pulp heroes. Having experienced a 19 year run on the newsstands and a 20+ year career as a radio character, no other pulp character comes even remotely close to having experienced the same level of exposure. Today, no pulp hero appearances are more actively sought, or sell faster, than the issues of Street & Smith's The Shadow Magazine, published from 1931 to 1949. This lot, from the Peter Manesis collection, includes 10 exceptional, early issues of the title, spanning the period from late 1932 to late 1936. All three of the Ideal Library hardcover reprints from 1933 are here, as well.
Here are 10 beautiful examples of the Shadow at his magazine best, all from the Peter Manesis collection, all earlier issues of the magazine (1932 to 1936), and all sporting classic covers. Condition breakdown: 12/1/32 (V.4 #1, FN, name in ink on 1st pg.); 8/15/33 (V.6 #6, VG); 10/1/33 (V.7 #3. small stains make it VG, but appears much nicer, name in ink on 1st pg.); 11/15/33 (V.7 #6, small stain on back corner, name in ink on 1st pg., VG/FN); 12/1/33 (V.8 #1, light stains on back cover, VG/FN); 12/15/33 (V.8 #2, VG, same as 11/15/33); 2/15/34 (V.8 #6, VG/FN, same as 11/15/33); 1/15/35 (V.12 #4, VG/FN); 7/15/36 (V.18 #4, VG/FN); 8/1/36 (V.18 #5, name in ink on 1st pg., VG/FN). Finally, we have all three of the Ideal Library hardcover reprint volumes from 1933 (© 1931, but released later), originally created to fill the many requests for copies of the character's first three sell-out issues: The Living Shadow (FN covers, endpapers starting to sep. slightly from spine, tanning but unbrittle pages); The Eyes of the Shadow (VF covers, endpapers starting to sep. slightly from spine, light tan pages - good quality); and The Shadow Laughs (FN covers, light tan pages - good quality, name on flyleaves). (The lot includes a total of 13 pieces.)
Ten Exceptional and Early "Shadow Pulps" Plus all Three Vintage Hardcovers (13 Pieces)
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