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The Shadow: Hitler's Astrologer (Marvel Graphic Novel #34)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  98 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
The 1930s pulp magazine and radio hero returns in an all-new adventure! The weed of crime may bear bitter fruit, but what will happen when the ebon-cloaked avenger takes on a murderous band of Nazis? Heh heh. The Shadow knows ...
Hardcover, Graphic Novel, 60 pages
Published June 1st 1988 by Marvel Comics Group
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The Shadow 1941 (Hitler's Astrologer) is a remastered reprint of the 1988 classic.

Earnest and beautifully drawn, it doesn't fall victim to a lot of the 1980s comics by being too wordy or too densely illustrated. Instead, we have a graphic novel drawn very much in the heart and feel of 1941. Refreshingly, there were no anachronistic characters or situations. The characters are drawn very much with the look and feel of a
Dec 15, 2014 Andrew rated it really liked it
my *only* complaint, minor tho it is, is that I would have loved to have seen this as inked by Berni Wrightson, as the plan had been. The art seemed a bit too "open" with Russ Heath's inking.
Jul 12, 2014 Mark rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of the tales of "The Shadow"
Recommended to Mark by: the Shadow comics
A girl gets chased in 1941 New York, she is chased by Nazis and how does it involve the Shadow?- This is the story how the Shadow became directly involved in WWII and made the difference in the long run, by manipulating Adolf Hitler and his cronies into attacking Russia. The belief being that by spending his war efforts on the big RED state he would stop from overrunning Great Brittain.
This is the Shadow at his best, fighting those pesky Nazis on the US soil and then visiting them in their fath
Matt Sautman
May 20, 2015 Matt Sautman rated it really liked it
This is the first time I have ever read anything directly pertaining to The Shadow, and while I enjoyed this alternative take on history, I feel as if there is something I cannot extrapolate from the characters. The entire story revolves around Hitler and his decision to attack Soviet Russia with bits of subterfuge scattered throughout, and that in itself was fantastic, but the characters, while they were not wholly disagreeable, seemed as but shadows of personas, having been denied an opportuni ...more
Wayne McCoy
The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer is a reprint of Denny O'Neil's excellent 1988 graphic novel. Mike Kaluta's superior art is outstanding and doesn't seem as dated as other art from the era. It is only about 60+ pages and priced like any other graphic novel. Usually a graphic novel is at least twice that length.

On Easter Sunday in New York, a woman racing for her life in Manhattan finds herself being helped by The Shadow. The plot that is uncovered ties in to the Nazi's plans to own the worlds
Noah Soudrette
Feb 11, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it liked it
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The Shadow, and his vast network of agents, seek to manipulate Germany into attacking Russia, thus causing Hitler's downfall. This is a really cool idea. My only real complaint is that the Germany scenes are a bit clunky, and the Shadow features in the book very little.
Rob Summers
Pulled out my old copy of this.

A bit rushed and over complicated but some very cool stuff. And a neat conception of The Shadow as a merciless enemy of evil.

The art is a little dated so it feels a little cramped in places. But perhaps they were going for the old vibe.

"the weed of crime bears bitter fruit..."
Kevin Mann
Jan 21, 2014 Kevin Mann rated it it was amazing
This was excellent and exactly what comic books are supposed to do. Transport you away to another time and place and be creatively executed in a way that you cant pinpoint when it was produced. I would have been unable to guess late 1980s from looking at this. Having read all the 73 o'neill/kaluta DC shadow stories recently, the bar was set pretty high when i picked this up, almost dreaded looking into it, as i didnt want to be disappointed. For once, i wasnt! This is an excellent extending of t ...more
Víctor Segovia
Aug 18, 2014 Víctor Segovia rated it really liked it
uno de los padres del género de los héroes en superlativo y uno de los grandes personajes del género de folletín estadounidense hace gala en las Viñetas. Y nada menos que contra Hitler. Dennis O Neal, quien es el padre del batman moderno, hace un trabajo especial aquí.
Timothy Boyd
Feb 08, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it really liked it
Great shadow story, a very good comic "pulp" story. Very good art and plot. Very recommended
Eric Goebelbecker
Jun 15, 2016 Eric Goebelbecker rated it really liked it
Kaluta art. 'nuff said.
Sep 15, 2013 Ron rated it liked it
This shadow-filled tale provides a possible explanation on why/how Hitler came to attack Russia. It was all plotted out by the mysterious masked hero called The Shadow who engineered the replacement of Hitler's astrologer with one who was amenable to his desires. Taking place in New York and Berlin, the plot involves plenty of action, betrayals, lowlifes, and nasty schemes. The artwork was nicely done.
When you read a book about The Shadow, you're expecting certain things. This book gives you them in spades. You've got the occult, Nazis, old enemies, young love, and The Shadow playing Gotterdammerung as he infiltrates and attacks a German base. You really could not ask for more.

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Feb 02, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing
There were several moments in which I thought to myself, "THAT's cool." And this is because the book is several rungs up the ladder from the same creative team's "The Private Files of the Shadow." Even more satisfying. Next up: "In the Coils of the Leviathan."
Richard Gombert
Feb 13, 2013 Richard Gombert rated it liked it
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A mediocre story. Not one of Mr. O'Neill's better works.
Still, one par with the pulp Shadow stories.
John Utech
Jun 05, 2012 John Utech rated it really liked it
A 3.5 star story bumped up for being the Shadow and Kaluta's artwork.
Aug 06, 2013 CassandraG rated it liked it
It was alright. The drawings were really realistic.
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Dennis O'Neil is a comic book writer and editor best known for his work on Batman, Green Arrow/Green Lantern, and The Question.

He also wrote a novel with Jim Berry under the pen name "Jim Dennis".
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