On the Radio

Before television the most ready and steady supply of science fiction, fantasy and superheroic adventures (other than in the pulp magazines) was on the radio. There a number of comic book and newspaper comic stipe character had dramatic series from the early 30’s until that media stopped toing drama in the late 50’s.

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  • “The Shadow” first appeared on one of the earliest radio drama shows called The Street & Smith Mystery Show, which featured dramatizations of short stories from Street & Smith Mystery Magazine. The stories were introduced by a host called The Shadow who never took part in the stories themselves. The point of the radio series was to entice people to buy the pulp, however it turned out that people were going to the stands and instead of asking for S&S Mystery Magazine were asking for “that shadow magazine.” This lead to S&S deciding to hire Walter Gibson to write just such a magazine. Later he also got a long running radio series.

  • While he showed up in comics and a short lived pulp magazine, among other media, the radio was where he started.

  • Seems no one making old time radio in America back then could speak Spanish.

  • Created by the same fellow who created the Lone Ranger and Tonto.

  • His radio series ran from February 12, 1940 to March 1, 1951

  • Just as Harley Quinn was introduced first on a cartoon show, Jimmy Olsen was first heard on the Superman radio show.

  • Along with a guest appearance on the radio version of Superman, Batman and Robin were also featured in a pilot for a 15 minute radio series that was to be called “The Batman Mystery Club” in this radio incarnation instead of putting on capes and makes Bruce Wayne and his friend travel the world debunking ghosts and spirit mediums. The radio show took the form of the pair hosting a meeting of the mystery club and telling about their adventures.

    All the kids who showed up for meetings knew that Bruce Wayne was known as The Batman.

  • There was a very short lived Blue Beetle radio series. Just a few months in 1940

  • Appearing shortly after the comic book character he and the gang lasted until 1953. He was voiced by Bob Hastings the same actor who voiced Commissioner Gordon in Batman The Animated Series.

  • Captain Silver started out on the radio, in a series called the Log of the Sea Hound, it didn't last long, nether did his comic.

  • Of course Annie was on the radio.

  • Started out in a newspaper strip, later branched out into other media.

  • Started out in a series of pulps (no, despite what it says here he was not a non-fiction character!) later B-movies, radio and comics ensued.

  • Started out as a radio series noted for its very loud opening, which is where the phrase "coming in like gang busters" came from.

  • Started in the pulps, moved to the comics and for a brief a radio series, almost ended up with a TV series in the early 50's, but that fell though.

  • he of the famous BB gun, on the radio if you shot your eye out you could at least still listen to him and his pal Little Beaver.

  • Started on the radio, for a while he appeared in comics at Dell, then moved to Fawcett, now at Moonstone.

  • Only two Quality Comics characters made ti to the radio, for some reason this guy was one of them.

  • There was a vary short lived Blackhawk series on the radio in the early 50's.

    I doubt it helped that there was only one actor hired to play all seven Blackhawks! This was handled by Blackhawk being helped by only one of the others in the squadron each episode, so he only had two voices to keep track of.

  • Another character that started out on radio and came to comics.

  • Started in novels, moved to radio, then comics

  • Seems he was pretty popular back in the day.

  • Started on radio