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Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men The Shadow knows Ringing through thousands of radios across the country like many other super detective catch phrases this quote sparked an entirely new breed of detective fiction The old time radio mysteries brought the hard-boiled detective to a new level They far surpassed the standard baggy suit and mysterious undertones of the stereotypical censored This new genre adds imaginative and most of the time incredibly futuristic gadgets to the detectives crime solving arsenal The detective takes on a persona that is almost constantly fighting the internal battle between good and evil He appears to be above more than just the law seeming supernatural the subject of awe and ridicule throughout his city The police think him a criminal the citizens believe him a myth and the children worship him as a god like idol He is the hero pure of heart sound of mind He is the knight of the 20th century slaying the many dragons of his timePeople have a propensity to make a character twist and conform to their current age and its ideals and perspectives McFarlane 2 The super detectives of the 30s and 40s truly were twisted to fit into what society needed and wanted at the time There were several attributes that a super detective was required to have he had to be clean cut he must have something intrinsically mysterious about him his mild-mannered alter-ego had to hold down a good job preferably in journalism and he could have no family The mild-mannered alter ego would typically be quite high up on the journalism ladder for example The Green Hornets secret identity is Britt Reid who is the publisher of the Daily Sentinel his citys newspaper The hero with the most famous reporter counter-part is not really a detective he goes by the name Clark Kent thats right Superman Being in journalism is helpful but obviously not a
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