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1. The alias of the crime-fighting vigilante, The Shadow.

2. "The Living Shadow" was the first pulp magazine story to feature The Shadow. Written by Walter B. Gibson, it was submitted for publication as "Murder in the Next Room" on January 23, 1931, and published as "The Living Shadow" in the April 1, 1931 issue of "The Shadow Magazine". This story introduces the literary version, as opposed to the radio version, of The Shadow.
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The Shadow, aka The Living Shadow, has complete control over his vocal cords and can throw his voice (producing a chilling laugh that can paralyze opponents) and accurately mimic anyone. He has an nearly photographic memory and is also a master of disguise and slight of hand. The ability he is most known for, however, is his amazing skills at stealth that make him akin to "a living shadow," to such an extent that rumors evolved that he can "cloud men's minds." The Shadow is a world class intellect.
The Shadow is a master of stealth and espionage who went by the nom de plume "The Dark Eagle" during World War I and worked for Tsar Nicholas as part of an inner circle known as "The Secret Star." It was the Tsar who gifted Kent Allard with the mysterious Girasol gem that he wears in a ring and uses to hypnotize people.
During the 1920's he spent some years in the mysterious city of Shambalah where he learned many oriental disciplines, such as complete control over his body's vital functions, as well as various martial arts.
When The Shadow resurfaced in the 1980s, it was apparent to those that knew him that he had not aged at all! Therefore longevity must be added to his list of disciplines.
by The Centurion January 26, 2013
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