Entertaiment Weekly has just revealed plans from music producer Russell Simmons to bring the RavenHammer comics series The Harlem Shadow to life in an online animated series. The site also revealed that musician-turned-actor Common will voice the titular hero in the animated series, which will make its debut on the AllDefDigital YouTube channel later this year.
“The Harlem Shadow not only brings to life the rich
culture, art, fashion, music and creativity of the Harlem Renaissance
through the first black superhero of the era – but it also exposes the
same grittiness and glamour that heavily influences the modern-day
hip-hop community, ” Simmons said. “The Harlem Renaissance scene set the style with the music clubs, cars, all of it from that era – and the fashion, absolutely.”
Born at the tail end of the Harlem Renaissance, The Harlem Shadow is
the first official Black paranormal crime-fighter that hit the streets
of New York around 1929-1930. He was known for his scary appearance, his
vicious hand to hand combat skills and his mastery of two lethal
revolvers, used to maim and disarm his enemies but never kill. In 1950
as a result of the Black Mask Act, Harlem Shadow was hunted down by New
York City Police, lynch mob style, and unmasked. His name was Linden
Somerset, a school teacher and librarian, and he served a twenty year
jail sentence at Alcatraz.