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The Shadow 1941: Hitler's Astrologer

(Marvel Graphic Novel #35)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  258 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Re-Mastered and available for the first time in over two decades! On Easter Sunday of April 1941, a young woman pushes through the Manhattan crowds, racing for her life. It's a chase that will lead from the bustling American metropolis all the way to Berlin, the dark heart of the Nazi regime. Like marionettes dangling from invisible hands, neither Allies nor Axis agents ca ...more
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published November 27th 2013 by Dynamite (first published June 1988)
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Dan
Nov 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, 2018-comics
What do Nazi agents want with graduate student Gretchen Baur? The Shadow knows and will do anything to prevent them from getting her...

My first exposure to The Shadow was the 1994 movie. Since then, I've read a few of the pulps and comics. Dennis O'Neil and Michael Kaluta had a great run at DC in the 1970s and Marvel brought them back together in the 1980s during the brief time they had the license. The result is this book.

Hitler's Astrologer weaves real historical events into one of The Shadow'
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Jon Nakapalau
The stars are aligned - a warning of events to come - but only the Shadow and his team can prevent the shadow of the Third Reich from covering the earth. The story is well researched and the art is beautiful.
Chad
Mar 19, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021, hoopla
I like how O'Neill and Kaluta tied this into Rudolph Hess's real-world obsession with astrology and Hitler's general obsession with the occult. This was a bit of a different take on The Shadow and his "irregulars" that I quite liked. They were all more involved and acting as a team instead of just being background scenery for The Shadow. ...more
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great GN...great character...should be made into a movie! Very underrated GN that deserves a much larger following; hope to see this iconic character in movies in the future - think there is still a place for the 'pulps' in modern movies. So few people know how they paved the way for todays SH cosmology we all enjoy today - more that one article has been written on the Shadow/Batman 'connection'! ...more
Sud666
Apr 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
The Shadow is an old character. One that I had heard of, but never read anything about. Thus, when I saw The Shadow: Hitler's Astrologer I decided to pick it up. The Shadow is set in 1941 America (and some parts in Nazi Germany) thus the entire feel is noir and campy. it is not really to my taste.

That is not meant to imply that someone who is a fan of that era's culture won't enjoy this. it is a rather odd story. It seems the Shadow and his operatives are trying to prevent the kidnapping of a G
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Ill D
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Wannabe Gentlemen and Scholars
As with most creations of art, the farther back one goes, the higher the quality seems to be. Dipping back, but not too far back, toward the late 80’s, I was greeted with this Shadow offering of a middling level of quality. Relatable to the time of the era, the quality matches the disparity of time between the here and the now.

Particularly gorgeous pencils that portray smooth colors and warm roundings burgeon forth like boquets of flowers in the readings eyes. Melded with a svelte palette that w
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Daniel
Jul 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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." ...more
Kevin Mann
Dec 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Paul Hasbrouck
It's April 1941, Hitler's armies have conquered most of Europe, Britain is fighting alone and U.S facing a false summer of peace. Undercover of this false Hitler's agents move against the sleeping nation in the great city of New York. But their schemes face a foe-the master of the night, The Shadow.
With the great writing skill of Dennis O'Neil(who has sadly passed away in June 2020) and the art of Michael W. Kaluta/ Russ Heath, which is one of the Shadow greatest adventure.
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Timothy Boyd
Feb 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great shadow story, a very good comic "pulp" story. Very good art and plot. Very recommended ...more
Andrew
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Gary Butler
Under 80 pages so to short to add to the all time book list.
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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
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David Sparvero
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't help but love this piece of comic work. It is a somewhat odd one-shot made after the short DC series that showcases very little of the actual character in it. But that doesn't even matter compared to how cool and well done this thing is as a whole.

I deeply love the Shadow and making a magazine size comic in hardback about him and WWII is brilliant. And to have the title be 1941, Hitler's Astrologer... Does this get any more enticing? Well, yes it actually does. Kaluta is the artist, oh
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Michael Emond
Mar 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this. I am a big The Shadow fan but I admit I like the concept more than I always love the stories. So many writers don't know how to handle him and his world. I feel Dennis gets it perfect. It is a shortish tale of The Shadow and his crew helping to save a woman who can help influence WWII by feeding Hitler incorrect astrology information (which was a believer of).
Why it is so perfect is that he keeps the Shadow a mysterious figure and doesn't try to do a character study on him. He use
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Mark
Dec 02, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Juho Pohjalainen
I think I would've liked to see the rest of The Shadow's crew do more stuff. Harry is quite possibly the least interesting of the lot, to begin with, and this one cast him as a fairly generic action hero to boot. But that action was good, and the story itself remained solid throughout, and the art of course is great. And it's not too long or a difficult read.

As The Shadow goes, there's worse out there.
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Jimmy
Nov 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
I began earlier this year reading on the pulp hero character known as the Shadow. Ever since I read my first story of the Shadow I have been keeping my eye out for more stories and comic books on this interesting character. To put this in perspective I have never heard of the Shadow before even though I later learned that he’s a character that is several decades old and preceded Batman and now I’m a big fan of the Shadow.

This book is actually an older story and a reprint of a 1988 series. That m
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Matt Sautman
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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G P Devine
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Short, sweet take on the Shadow and his crew fighting Nazis. Did the Shadow help turn Hitler's thoughts east? You'll have to read to find out.
Director Kevin Smith, a comic book nerd hero, says that today's super hero explosion has occurred with fans of past comic books and movies now writing, producing, and directing their own new versions! So true here, with Denny O'Neil, a classic comic writer, doing a version that makes our hero not the effete Lamont Cranston of Orson Welles, but a man-about-
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John Utech
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A 3.5 star story bumped up for being the Shadow and Kaluta's artwork. ...more
Reyel2107
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a classic shadow killer hit !!!!!
Robert
Solid story and art, but took a few minutes to get acquainted with the several German villains introduced - a rogues gallery included before the story helped with this.
Michael P.
A fairly well told story that is not worth telling. O'Neil fails to capture the flavor and spirit of the Shadow and while Russ Heath is a superb artist his line is too grounded to match well with the more fanciful images of Mike Kaluta. ...more
Tony Calder
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this as part of the Marvel and thought it seemed familiar as I read it - because Dynamite had republished it around 7 years ago when they had the rights to The Shadow. Still a good read with nice art.
Helen
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults.
Recommended to Helen by: No-one.
Shelves: second-world-war
This was a great GN - beautifully drawn, with snappy, believable 40s-era dialog, about a plot to get Hitler to (disastrously) invade the USSR, which would take his focus off Britain. I won't say more about the book's story-line, which includes numerous plot twists - otherwise, it would be a spoiler.

It's a quick read, and definitely inserts the reader back into the paranoid world of the struggle vs. fascism. It also provides a neat look into NYC of the 1940s.. since I wasn't born in the 1940s, t
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Noah Soudrette
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. ...more
Dennis Hughes
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Shadow done right

A Shadow story that concentrates more on Harry Vincent than the Shadow. Well told and absolutely beautiful Kaluta art. Recommended.
Howard Simpson
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Filling in historical gap

A mildly interesting story that gives it answer to a German mystery. No sense of drama. Just proceeds from one step to the next.
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Dennis "Denny" O'Neil was a comic book writer and editor best known for his work for Marvel Comics and DC Comics from the 1960s through the 1990s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of titles until his retirement.

His best-known works include Green Lantern/Green Arrow and Batman with Neal Adams, The Shadow with Michael Kaluta and The Question with Denys Cowan. As an editor, he is principall
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