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The Shadow…The Super Hero Who Inspired Batman

Batman is arguably the most popular super hero in the world, but we wouldn’t have the Dark Knight today if not for the hero who inspired him…The Shadow! In fact, the very first Batman story ever written is a direct copy of an earlier Shadow story called “Partners of Peril”. On the 80th anniversary of the Shadow’s radio show, Cinelinx takes a look at the character who inspired the creation of Batman.

When you think of a grim, intimidating, darkly-clad super-hero fighting crime in a violence-ridden city during the night, but changing into a wealthy, frivolous and handsome guy during the day, you probably think of the Batman. However, this formula was first used for an earlier hero. When Batman creators Bob Kane and Bill Finger first developed their "Bat-Man" character, they patterned the hero after the best-selling pulp mystery man The Shadow. For their debut Batman tale,

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