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Twin Trails: The Conflagration Man, Part 1

Date of Publication
January 1990
Cover Price

Our Rating:
3 stars


Gerard Jones
Rod Wigham
Eduardo Barreto
Tony Tollin
Eduardo Barreto
Cover Penciler

Comic Book Synopsis / Plot

Written by Peter Silvestro

When several gangland figures are killed by their guns exploding, the Shadow investigates and discovers that an ambitious hood, Johnny Malone, has a weapon that causes gunpowder to burst. Meanwhile, Doc Savage receives a visit from a client, Vivian Roy, whose father, the inventor of the anti-gunpowder ray, has been kidnapped. While Doc investigates the crime from the outside, the Shadow adopts the guise of hoodlum Al Ombra to infiltrate the Malone gang. Some of Malone’s rivals phone a tip to Doc Savage as to the gangster’s whereabouts and Doc and his men head over. Moments later, Vivian Roy takes a phone call from one of the Shadow’s agents, hoping to misdirect the Man of Bronze to Malone’s nightclub, the Pink Rat. Doc and his team burst in on Malone, who manages to escape with Prof. Roy and the ray gun but in the fracas, Ombra/Shadow is rendered unconscious by a mercy bullet. Doc takes Ombra off to the Crime College for brain surgery to cure his “criminal tendencies” as the Shadow’s agents Margo Lane and Harry Vincent pursue.



Peter Silvestro (February 15, 2010)
Additional credits: Co-plotted by Mike W. Barr; cover by Eduardo Barreto and Andy Kubert. a) The historic first teaming of Doc Savage and the Shadow in any medium, the story continues in Doc Savage #17; b) the Shadow’s gangland pseudonym, Ombra, is Italian for “Shadow;” c) Monk and Ham are capable of assisting Doc in surgery?; d) Hawkeye’s coat is orange in his first appearance, green thereafter; e) issue includes a letters column.

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By Peter Silvestro
The teaming of the two great pulp heroes—hard to believe it’s never been done before, except in pastiche—gets off to a nice start with this issue introducing the two for the benefit of each other’s fans. The dark and moody Shadow is contrasted with the big and bright Doc, wisely allowing the reader to see them in their own milieu before teaming them in the next part. The art, a team-up of the two series’ regular artists, is an ideal look for the two. Another neat touch was the covers for this story arc, designed as a pulp magazine called Double Danger Stories, all of which feature a Doc Savage with a torn shirt.

Score: 3 (out of 5)