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SHERIDAN DOOME

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Full Name: Sheridan Doome
Nationality: American
Organization: Naval Intelligence
Occupation Agent

Creator: Stephen Gould
Time Span: 1935 - 1943

ABOUT THE SERIES

Sheridan Doome is an agent with U.S. Naval Intelligence.

If having someone with the last name of Doome does not put a stutter in a bad guy's step, knowing it is this particular Doome that is heading him way will definitely do it. Doome is not only a highly seasoned and experienced investigator, a bane to both crime breakers and foreign spies, he is notorious for being extremely intelligent and patient and thorough. Such a person being after you is a cause for sleepless nights.

So is actually seeing Doome in person.

Doome had been a normal looking individual when he was serving in the Navy during World War One but an explosion near him came close to killing him and certainly destroyed his chances for a normal life. His body was badly injured and had to be pieced (literally) back together. Holding his torso in one section are "numerous steel plate implants". While they work to make a good part of him bulletproof, they also greatly affect his movements.

In the first recorded adventure we find this initial description of him: "He was six feet two inches tall; had a chalk-white face and head. It appeared as though it had once been seared or burned. For eyes, he had only black blotches; glittering optics, that looked like small chunks of coal. His nose was long, the end of it squared off rudely. He had no lips, just a slit that was his mouth. His neck was long, as white and as bony as his face."

From the second adventure comes more information: "Doome was a tall, ghastly figure. His face was blank and gruesome, a white mass void of emotion. He had neither traces of hair nor whiskers and for eyes he had only black blotches. His mouth was a grim slit. A squared-off stump in the middle of his face was his nose. His uniform hung on him loosely, and sticking above his color were two tiny iron braces."

Yet another description tells us: "Sheridan Doome looked more like a robot than a human being. He was tall and ghastly; his uniform fitted him in a loose manner. Long arms hung at his sides; his face was a perfect blank... [Doome] had no control of his facial muscles; consequently, his countenance was always without expression, chalky and bony". And his face "was void of all emotions. It was like the grim face of a snowman which had been designed by a fiend".

Imagine facing such a frightening figure for the first time and having his initial words to you be, as they are often to those he meet, "I am Doome" said in a voice that was brittle, words so short clipped that at first it was hard to understand him.

The long blue pea-coat opened to reveal "along the inside lining, in neat and orderly rows, were a variety of tools he used in the solution of murder". The nature of these instruments seem to vary over time but his use of them is frequent.

Considering that there are 56 different recorded adventures of Doome of varying lengths, Doome does not let his physical situation change his dedication to justice and getting at the truth.

BOOKS

Number of Books:2
First Appearance:1936
Last Appearance:1937

1 Murder of the Admiral Murder of the Admiral
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1936

"A big gray dreadnaught was plunged into a night of horrors! It was reported as a suicide, but the death of the Admiral was a murder. The proof was in his stateroom - a clue so damning that a killer was hung by it. Everyone could see it, yet the only person who recognized its significance was Sheridan Doome, an ace of the Naval Intelligence."

2 Murder of the Pigboat Skipper Murder of the Pigboat Skipper
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1937

"The band played, people said goodbye, and with the whispering notes of 'Auld Lang Syne' choking in the downpour of rain, the little submarine moved through wind-swept Pearl Harbor carrying aboard men to whom she was to be mother and devil . . . Ashore, watching as she disappeared, was the pale young man who could not forget his past, the man who said: 'Fools, they are fools. . .' 
Then . . . with cataclysmic abruptness comes the horror of murder . . . Skipper Rex Brandon dead! The pig boat called back, and Sheridan Doome of the Naval Intelligence is summoned to the islands to probe the mystery."

NOVELLAS AND SHORT STORIES

Number of Stories:54
First Appearance:1935
Last Appearance:1943

1 The Tattooed Skipper The Tattooed Skipper
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine May 1, 1935
The long serving, much tattooed captain of the naval vessel died suddenly and Sheridan Doome was brought in to determine if foul play was the cause. He learned soon that it was but now the question was who stuck a needle into one of those tattoos straight into his heart.

2 Pigboat Peril Pigboat Peril
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine Jun. 15, 1935
Who killed the lieutenant in his bunk aboard the submarine and what could the motive be? That is what Lt. Cmdr. Sheridan Doome is brought onboard to learn.

3 Wrecked Wings Wrecked Wings
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine Sep. 1, 1935
The naval war games were underway. Three aircraft carriers took part as did accompanying destroyers and even battleships. Ensign Lawrence was a pilot flying one of the planes in the mock combats when his control stick jams suddenly and all ability to keep from plunging into the sea was lost. Sheridan Doome, the Naval Intelligence Ace, was called in to learn what caused the loss of plane and death of a pilot.

4 Dollars of Death Dollars of Death
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine Oct. 1, 1935
A sailor steals $50k in payroll money aboard a battleship and then forces the paymaster to write a suicide note before killing the man. It is Sheridan Doome's task to prove it and recover the funds.

5 The Yellow Cat The Yellow Cat
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine, Nov. 1, 1935.
[plot unknown]

6 Genius of Murder Genius of Murder
short story
Written by Steve Fisher
Copyright: 1935

Published in The Shadow Magazine, Dec. 15, 1935.
[plot unknown]

7 Time Out for Murder Time Out for Murder
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1937

Published in The Shadow, Aug. 15, 1937.
[plot unknown]

8 The Man in the Rubber Suit The Man in the Rubber Suit
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1937

Published in The Shadow, Sep.15, 1937.
[plot unknown]

9 Death in the Rain Death in the Rain
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1937

Published in The Shadow, Oct. 15, 1937.
[plot unknown]

10 The Target The Target
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1937

Published in The Shadow, Nov. 15, 1937.
[plot unknown]

11 Murder in Avalon Murder in Avalon
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1937

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 15, 1937.
[plot unknown]

12 Shanghai Transport Shanghai Transport
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Jan. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

13 S.O.S. S.O.S.
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Feb. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

14 Sweet Sue Sweet Sue
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Mar. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

15 The Broken Wrist The Broken Wrist
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Apr. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

16 Boy Kills Girl Boy Kills Girl
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Jun. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

17 Sailor in the Air Sailor in the Air
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Jul. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

18 Death Before Dusk Death Before Dusk
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Aug. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

19 War Games War Games
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Sep. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

20 Rain in Panama Rain in Panama
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Oct. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

21 Murder Without Regret Murder Without Regret
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Nov. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

22 The Devil Take You The Devil Take You
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1938

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 15, 1938.
[plot unknown]

23 Cops and Robbers Cops and Robbers
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Jan. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

24 Murder of a Lady Murder of a Lady
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Feb. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

25 Girl from San Pedro Girl from San Pedro
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Mar. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

26 The Beautiful Brenda The Beautiful Brenda
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Apr. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

27 Cruise to Nowhere Cruise to Nowhere
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, May 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

28 Four Hundred a Week Four Hundred a Week
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Jun. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

29 We Don’t Like Spies We Don’t Like Spies
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Jul. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

30 The Vessel of Mercy The Vessel of Mercy
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Aug. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

31 Navy Yard Runaround Navy Yard Runaround
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Nov. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

32 Death of a Sailor Death of a Sailor
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1939

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 15, 1939.
[plot unknown]

33 Only Death Shall Pass Only Death Shall Pass
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Mar. 1, 1940.
[plot unknown]

34 Dead Men Don’t Breathe Dead Men Don’t Breathe
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Apr. 1, 1940.
[plot unknown]

35 Murder Blackout Murder Blackout
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Jun. 15, 1940.
[plot unknown]

36 The Magic Lantern The Magic Lantern
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Jul. 15, 1940.
[plot unknown]

37 Treasure Hunt Treasure Hunt
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Sep. 15, 1940.
[plot unknown]

38 Death Squadron Death Squadron
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1940

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 15, 1940.
[plot unknown]

39 Murder Manifest Murder Manifest
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, Feb. 15, 1941.
[plot unknown]

40 Crash Dive Crash Dive
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, Apr. 1, 1941.
[plot unknown]

41 Murder in Paradise Murder in Paradise
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, May 15, 1941.
[plot unknown]

42 Suicide Fleet Suicide Fleet
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, Jul. 1, 1941.
[plot unknown]

43 Death Command Death Command
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, Sep. 1, 1941.
[plot unknown]

44 Turn to for Murder Turn to for Murder
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1941

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 1, 1941.
[plot unknown]

45 Convoy Convoy
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Jan. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

46 Crime on Sands Street Crime on Sands Street
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Mar. 15, 1942.
[plot unknown]

47 Murder by Request Murder by Request
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Jul. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

48 Murder of a Sea Gull Murder of a Sea Gull
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Aug. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

49 A Picture of the Victim A Picture of the Victim
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Oct. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

50 Killers Always Burn Killers Always Burn
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Nov. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

51 Salvage Job Salvage Job
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1942

Published in The Shadow, Dec. 1, 1942.
[plot unknown]

52 The Death Code The Death Code
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1943

Published in The Shadow, Feb. 15, 1943.
[plot unknown]

53 The Corpse Died Screaming The Corpse Died Screaming
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1943

Published in The Shadow, April 1943.
[plot unknown]

54 Death in Panama Death in Panama
short story
Written by Stephen Gould
Copyright: 1943

Published in The Shadow, July 1943.
[plot unknown]

MY COMMENTS

Appearing as the secondary adventure in many issues of The Shadow magazine, this series was apparently a favorite of the readers since no matter how much an editor might like it, if it was not liked, the publishers would have heard about it and yanked it. No yanking - it was liked.

Could it be the strangeness and scariness of the character? That is what definitely cinched it for me. But then too the writing was pretty darn good and the stories and plots were inventive. I can see why it was popular.

What I have to wonder about, though, is why I came so late to the party? I mean, until I was well into this compendium, I had never heard of Sheridan Doone! That is surprising.

GRADE

My Grade: B

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