For the last four years, Dynamite has been publishing The Shadow and have enlisted some big named artist to draw the pulp hero. Alex Ross, Howard Chaykin, Matt Wagner, John Cassaday, Darwyn Cooke, Francesco Francavilla, Tim Bradstreet, Wilfredo Torres, Chris Samnee, Jason Shawn Alexander, and many more have put their talents to show he who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men.
Now, Dynamite is going to collect some of those images into The Dynamite Art of The Shadow. The hardcover book will contain 320 illustrations and a forward by Michael Uslan who had this to say about the collection:
With a line-up of interior Shadow stories by top, cutting-edge graphic storytellers, Dynamite was able to hit home run after home run with its choice of cover artists, ranging from the top painters to top traditional comic book artists to top cartoonists. The Shadow is mysterious. His artists are brilliant. And the Shadow art is… Dynamite!
This is one of the earliest images of The Shadow. He was originally created as a narrator for the radio program Detective Story Hour, but when Street And Smith Publications received letter after letter asking for copies of The Shadow Magazine, they decided to make one. They hired Walter B. Gibson to turn the voice into a character and the magazine debuted in April 1st, 1931. The Shadow didn't even appear on his own cover until issue #5 and that was a bit obscured. This above cover is #8 and gave us the first cover with his face on it.
Now the look is iconic and has been seen all around the world. Below you see some of the art including Cassaday, Chaykin, Cooke, Ross, Francavilla and Wagner.