Sorry about the delay in getting this out. I had actually written this post last week, but the WordPress mobile app ate it.
Luckily I wrote a rough draft (on paper!), so I didn’t start from scratch.
The time machine, created by Willard Hughes in Part 1, is activated and its insidious purpose is made known as New Year’s Day repeats, seemingly in perpetuity.
No one but Lamont Cranston–who’s secretly the Shadow, the scourge of evil and those that commit it– is immune for to its effects due to his superior will and his training by yogis.
His trusted assistant, Margo Lane, has none of his immunity, though as long as he’s in physical contact with her she too is able to resist the machine’s sinister effects.
Though someone has to stop the infernal machinations of Willard Hughes, and that person isn’t Lamont Cranston, but the Shadow.
The Shadow was created by Walter B. Gibson, and long before he appeared in movies and television, he was a staple of radio. HIs first appearance was in the 1930’s, and he’s had a huge influence on heroes (and villains) to follow.
For instance, the origin of Marvel Comics’ Iron Fist and Doctor Strange are remarkably similar to the Shadow’s, as is the that of Batman (from the Christopher Nolan movies) though the way he’s often depicted in the comics is very much in line with the Shadow as well.
The Shadow was Lamont Cranston (and Ken Allard, depending upon whether we’re talking about radio, television or novels. This idea of identities within identities is very similar to how Marvel’s Moon Knight has been portrayed), young wealthy man about town though having spend time in mysterious Asia gained the ability to cloud men’s minds.
Yet, can even the Shadow and all his mysterious powers stop a man with the ability to control Time?