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A weekly rummage in the attic of sci-fi

The weed of crime bears bitter fruit! Just one of the heartwarming life lessons routinely dispensed by hawk-nosed pulp era avenger The Shadow. The creation of writer and magician Walter B Gibson (also Houdini's ghostwriter), the self-styled Master Of Men was voiced by none other than Orson Welles in a phenomenally popular radio show. Here's a splendidly spooky cover from 1942.