Who knows what yearning lurk in the hearts of pulp fans?
Apparently, Dynamite Entertainment.
After a sixteen-year absence from having his own book, popular comic, television and radio hero The Shadow will be getting his own ongoing series through the company. The title will boat a number of the comic industry's top stars, including John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Planetary), Alex Ross (Kingdom Come), Jae Lee (Inhumans, Manhunter) and Ryan Sook (X-Factor), who will each be taking care of the covers.
Dynamite Entertainment is known for titles like Garth Ennis' The Boys, and adaptations of other characters like Zorro, The Lone Ranger and Robocop. They're also no stranger to pulp, as they've published comics about another masked superhero, The Phantom, (with Ross doing covers) as well.
Besides the horrendous Alec Baldwin film from 1994, The Shadow's mainstream audience seems a bit limited; if there's anything that will ruin a taste for a character, it will be a bad film adaptation. However, I've always felt that work with pulp heroes lack from an update to a modern audience, or even writing style - they remain mired in this kind of nostalgic muck where the die-hard fans are satisfied, but newcomers are unwelcome.
Perhaps this new series will be the jumping-on point that new readers are looking for; if anything, there are plenty of names attached that will get the ball rolling. Sadly, there was no information pertaining to a release date or who will actually be writing the series, so we'll have to keep you posted.