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A Virtual Event: Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe
September 7 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an online event with New York Times bestselling content creator Neil McGinness as he discusses his latest book Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe, as seen in Vanity Fair.
This event is free with registration but is limited to 500 attendees. An archive will be available to view online after the event with a Society of Illustrators Membership.
More about the Speakers
Neil McGinness partnered with the world’s number one best-selling author, James Patterson, in 2021 to develop The Shadow into a new book series, Volume 1 of which became a New York Times best seller; a companion Doc Savage series by James Patterson is soon to publish its first volume. McGinness is also working with James Patterson Entertainment and Conde Nast Entertainment to develop The Shadow novel series into a streaming entertainment franchise. In 2017 and 2018, McGinness produced a 10-volume series of audio productions featuring The Shadow and Doc Savage exclusively for Audible Originals. McGinness also developed The Shadow/Batman 12-volume crossover comic-book series with DC Comics/DC Entertainment.
Publishers Weekly review:
Writer McGinness follows up his 2021 revival of the classic pulp comic hero The Shadow with an impressive look at the fictional universe that gave rise to the character in the 1930s. Combining enthralling historical analysis with original artwork, McGinness surveys publisher Street & Smith’s role in creating and marketing comics heroes. When, in 1930, the publisher adapted stories from its Detective Story magazine, “narrated by a mysterious host named The Shadow,” for radio, the program’s immediate popularity led Street & Smith to commission novels featuring the The Shadow, who, McGinness notes, later became the archetype for other superheroes, including Batman. As McGinness traces The Shadow’s development over the decades—including his radio portrayal by Orson Welles in 1937—he brings to life the origin stories of other characters in the universe, including Doc Savage, whose resemblance of “a young and overly tan Clark Gable” served as the perfect counterpart to The Shadow’s “dark avenger” persona. While his writing is marked by a clear reverence, McGinness is judicious in his execution, noting, for example, criticism of Doc Savage’s use of brain surgery to rehabilitate criminals, as well as The Shadow’s troubling m.o. of gunning down his adversaries. It amounts to a fascinating take on a seminal yet overlooked era that shaped a multi-billion-dollar genre. https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781419756160