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At the Society: Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe

September 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$7.00 – $15.00

Join us for an in-person event with New York Times bestselling content creator Neil McGinness, award-winning comic creator Frank Miller, and veteran comic book writer and former DC Comics publisher Dan DiDio as they discuss Pulp Power: The Shadow, Doc Savage, and the Art of the Street & Smith Universe, as seen in Vanity Fair

After the talk, guests are invited to enjoy light refreshments in our dining room located on the third floor.

More about the speakers:

Image by Rita Zabat.

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. Previously, McGinness authored numerous works, including Weekly World News! and Going Mutant.

Image by Joel Sagat/ AFP.

Frank Miller, the legendary creator, began his career in comics in the late 1970s, first gaining notoriety as the artist and, later, writer of Daredevil for Marvel Comics. Next came the science-fiction samurai drama Ronin, followed by the groundbreaking Batman: The Dark Knight and Batman: Year One. Following these seminal works, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of doing an all-out crimes series, Sin City, which was an instant success and spawned two blockbuster films, which he codirected and Robert Rodriquez. His multi-award-winning graphic novel 300 was also adapted into a highly successful film by Zack Snyder. Recently, Miller illustrated Cursed, his young-adult novel debut with writer Thomas Wheeler and served as cocreator and executive producer of the series adaptation for Netflix. He is regarded as one of the most influential and awarded creators in the entertainment field today. 

Dan DiDio is the publisher of Frank Miller Presents and a veteran comic book writer and editor and is the former co–publisher of DC Comics. His works include Justice League Dark, Batman and the Outsiders, and Metal Men. His latest work, “Ancient Enemies” hits comic stores in August.

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.


September 8, 2022
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$7.00 – $15.00
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128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065 United States
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