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The Blue Beetle

The Blue Beetle was an early comic book hero that tugged on the cape of Superman. Created by Charles Nicholas for the comic book Mystery Men, it first appeared in 1939.

24 old time radio show recordings
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12 Audio CDs


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"Saved By A Hair"



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Juvenile Super-Hero Serial (1940)

Blue Beetle CoverThe Blue Beetle was another early comic book hero that tugged on the cape of Superman. Created by Charles Nicholas for the comic book Mystery Men, it first appearedin 1939. The Blue Beetle was moved with his popularity to newspaper syndication and then the old time radio show in 1940, in addition to continued comic book adventures.Frank Lovejoy (middle) with Joan Banks and children
Actor Frank Lovejoy (middle)
with the actress Joan Banks and their children.
Frank Lovejoy appeared in several radio
programmes, including Nightbeat

On radio, Blue Beetle's career was rather short-lived, but it was exciting while it lasted. Fine radio and motion picture actor Frank Lovejoy (often on Suspense, and star of Nightbeat) was the Blue Beetle for the first 13 episodes, while for the rest of the shows the actor was uncredited. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extra-ordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only 2 parts…so the stories were simple and obvious in comparison to the many-parted Superman radio show.The Blue Beetle the distinction of being one of the few golden age characters to survive into to present, but the character has been through many changes and revisions, and the original character is quite different from the one that comic book readers know today.

There are many juvenile radio action and adventure serials to choose from. Some of the super heroes are Superman, Captain Midnight, and The Green Hornet. The aviation adventure shows include Hop Harrigan, Speed Gibson and The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen. Jungle Jim and Tarzan roam the wilder regions of the Dark Continent, while Terry and the Pirates found adventure in the Orient. Our own Wild West gave us excitement aplenty, like Sky King or Straight Arrow, along with several famous cowpokes in their own half-hour shows. For more adventure, see also Dick Tracy.

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These classic recordings are available in the following formats:
  • MP3 CDs are delivered by mail. These archival quality MP3 CDs are playable in your computer and many MP3 player devices.



    24 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 18 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 18 minutes
      1. Blue Beetle 400515 01-02 Origin - Smashing Spy Ring.mp3
      2. Blue Beetle 400517 03-04 Sabatoge - Liquidation.mp3
      3. Blue Beetle 400522 05-06 Murder For Profit.mp3
      4. Blue Beetle 400524 07-08 Blasting Dynamite Gang.mp3
      5. Blue Beetle 400529 09-10 Invisible Ghost.mp3
      6. Blue Beetle 400531 11-12 Death Rides Horseback.mp3
      7. Blue Beetle 400605 13-14 Death Strikes From The East.mp3
      8. Blue Beetle 400607 15-16 Sea Serpent.mp3
      9. Blue Beetle 400612 17-18 Frame Up.mp3
      10. Blue Beetle 400614 19-20 Spirits Don't Talk.mp3
      11. Blue Beetle 400619 21-22 Thoroughbreds Always Come Through.mp3
      12. Blue Beetle 400621 23-24 Smashing The Arson Ring.mp3
      13. Blue Beetle 400626 25-26 Rounding Up The Payroll Bandits.mp3
      14. Blue Beetle 400703 27-28 Crime Incorportaed.mp3
      15. Blue Beetle 400710 29-30 Saved By A Hair.mp3
      16. Blue Beetle 400717 31-32 Finesse In Diamonds.mp3
      17. Blue Beetle 400725 33-34 Sabotage Incorporated.mp3
      18. Blue Beetle 400731 35-36 Smashing The Restaurant Racket.mp3
      19. Blue Beetle 400807 37-38 Two Rackets In One.mp3
      20. Blue Beetle 400814 39-40 Underworld Goes Underground.mp3
      21. Blue Beetle 400821 41-42 Dancing Ghost Of Rocky Hill.mp3
      22. Blue Beetle 400828 43-44 Whale Of Pirates Folly.mp3
      23. Blue Beetle 400904 45-46 Asylum Of Doctor Drear.mp3
      24. Blue Beetle 400911 47-48 Last Show Jewel Mystery.mp3
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    24 recordings on 1 MP3 Collection Download for just $5.00
    total playtime 10 hours, 18 min
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      24 shows - total playtime 10 hours 18 minutes
      1. Blue Beetle 400515 01-02 Origin - Smashing Spy Ring.mp3
      2. Blue Beetle 400517 03-04 Sabatoge - Liquidation.mp3
      3. Blue Beetle 400522 05-06 Murder For Profit.mp3
      4. Blue Beetle 400524 07-08 Blasting Dynamite Gang.mp3
      5. Blue Beetle 400529 09-10 Invisible Ghost.mp3
      6. Blue Beetle 400531 11-12 Death Rides Horseback.mp3
      7. Blue Beetle 400605 13-14 Death Strikes From The East.mp3
      8. Blue Beetle 400607 15-16 Sea Serpent.mp3
      9. Blue Beetle 400612 17-18 Frame Up.mp3
      10. Blue Beetle 400614 19-20 Spirits Don't Talk.mp3
      11. Blue Beetle 400619 21-22 Thoroughbreds Always Come Through.mp3
      12. Blue Beetle 400621 23-24 Smashing The Arson Ring.mp3
      13. Blue Beetle 400626 25-26 Rounding Up The Payroll Bandits.mp3
      14. Blue Beetle 400703 27-28 Crime Incorportaed.mp3
      15. Blue Beetle 400710 29-30 Saved By A Hair.mp3
      16. Blue Beetle 400717 31-32 Finesse In Diamonds.mp3
      17. Blue Beetle 400725 33-34 Sabotage Incorporated.mp3
      18. Blue Beetle 400731 35-36 Smashing The Restaurant Racket.mp3
      19. Blue Beetle 400807 37-38 Two Rackets In One.mp3
      20. Blue Beetle 400814 39-40 Underworld Goes Underground.mp3
      21. Blue Beetle 400821 41-42 Dancing Ghost Of Rocky Hill.mp3
      22. Blue Beetle 400828 43-44 Whale Of Pirates Folly.mp3
      23. Blue Beetle 400904 45-46 Asylum Of Doctor Drear.mp3
      24. Blue Beetle 400911 47-48 Last Show Jewel Mystery.mp3
  • Standard Audio CDs are delivered by mail on archival quality media with up to 60 minutes on each CD and play in all CD players



    24 recordings on 12 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 18 min

    Disc A001

    1. Blue Beetle 400515 01-02 Origin - Smashing Spy Ring
    2. Blue Beetle 400517 03-04 Sabatoge - Liquidation

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    Disc A002

    1. Blue Beetle 400522 05-06 Murder For Profit
    2. Blue Beetle 400524 07-08 Blasting Dynamite Gang

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    Disc A003

    1. Blue Beetle 400529 09-10 Invisible Ghost
    2. Blue Beetle 400531 11-12 Death Rides Horseback

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    Disc A004

    1. Blue Beetle 400605 13-14 Death Strikes From The East
    2. Blue Beetle 400607 15-16 Sea Serpent

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    Disc A005

    1. Blue Beetle 400612 17-18 Frame Up
    2. Blue Beetle 400614 19-20 Spirits Don't Talk

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    Disc A006

    1. Blue Beetle 400619 21-22 Thoroughbreds Always Come Through
    2. Blue Beetle 400621 23-24 Smashing The Arson Ring

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    Disc A007

    1. Blue Beetle 400626 25-26 Rounding Up The Payroll Bandits
    2. Blue Beetle 400703 27-28 Crime Incorportaed

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    Disc A008

    1. Blue Beetle 400710 29-30 Saved By A Hair
    2. Blue Beetle 400717 31-32 Finesse In Diamonds

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    Disc A009

    1. Blue Beetle 400725 33-34 Sabotage Incorporated
    2. Blue Beetle 400731 35-36 Smashing The Restaurant Racket

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    Disc A010

    1. Blue Beetle 400807 37-38 Two Rackets In One
    2. Blue Beetle 400814 39-40 Underworld Goes Underground

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    Disc A011

    1. Blue Beetle 400821 41-42 Dancing Ghost Of Rocky Hill
    2. Blue Beetle 400828 43-44 Whale Of Pirates Folly

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    Disc A012

    1. Blue Beetle 400904 45-46 Asylum Of Doctor Drear
    2. Blue Beetle 400911 47-48 Last Show Jewel Mystery

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