Kent Allard was a spy in World War I (as well as for Tsar Nicholas before the war) as well as a famed aviator who crashed in the South American jungles. He made a fortune in that region (where he discovered a city of gold) before he returned to New York where he adopted a new identity. Allard bore an astonishing physical resemblance to a man named Lamont Cranston and used his identity while Cranston was traveling around the world. When the two men finally met, Allard threatened Cranston, saying that he had arranged to switch signatures on various documents and other means that would allow him to take over the Lamont Cranston identity entirely unless Cranston agreed to allow Allard to impersonate him when he was abroad. Horrified at what Allard had explained to him, Cranston agreed --as much to distance himself from Allard as for any other reason.
The Shadow worked with a network of agents like Harry Vincent, his most trusted associate whose life he had saved when Vincent wanted to commit suicide, Moe Shrevnitz, a cab driver, and an operative known simply as Burbank, a radio operator who maintained contact between The Shadow and his agents. There were more of The Shadow's agents who were active and operative...but none, let alone The Shadow himself, knew who they were or even where they were.
Source: www.comicvine.com/the-shadow/4005-28923/; www.internationalhero.co.uk/s/shadpulp.htm.
Powers/Abilities: The Shadow possesses incredible physical abilities. He possesses astonishing reflexes and is an incredible marksman with a gun. He also has incredible muscular control and can slip his body through the bars of a prison cell like a contortionist or can actually distort and alter his very facial features at will by manipulating his facial muscles. He can also survive for hours without air and was also ambidexterous (capable of using both hands). He is regarded as highly experienced in various disciplines of hand to hand combat as well.
His greatest power is his ability to “cloud men’s minds”. He can hypnotize people instantly so that he can move as an invisible shadow. He can also hypnotize people so they forget things or to command them to perform certain acts (he once forced a criminal to write a detailed account of his past crimes). The Shadow wears a fire opal ring known as a girasol on his hand which he uses to focus his hypnotic abilities. He is an expert in many different languages and is also a master ventriloquist (he can project or “throw” his voice).
He is also a master of disguise and has been known to impersonate others, even fooling their friends and family members. The Shadow is apparently an expert aircraft pilot and skilled in infiltration and information gathering techniques due to his experience as an intelligence agent.
He wields a pair of .45 pistols and also employs a fleet of automobiles and aircraft in his various operations.
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