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Superheroes in Old Time Radio


"There is a superhero in all of us. We just need the courage to put on the cape."
- Superman Comic

The Golden Age of Comics overlapped with the Golden Age of radio. Comic strips were long used as source material for radio shows. Shows like Little Orphan Annie, Dick Tracy, Popeye, and Blondie all made the jump to popular radio shows. In the Golden Age of Comics, the popularity of comic books rose up to one million copies sold every week.

The first adaptation of a SuperHero comic book to a radio program was Superman which premiered in 1940 and was met with instant success! This led to a flood of SuperHero adaptations in the 1940s and 1950s. After WWII, many veterans had disposable income to buy comic books and the stories of their heroics during the war inspired character creation and content.

Overall, the adaptations of comic books to radio played an important role in the popularization of these characters and stories (as well as the SuperHero genre in general), paving the way for their continued success in other media over the years.

Batman's Appearances in Old Time Radio

Although Batman and Robin's radio appearances are not a frequent as Superman, The Caped Crusader was known to fly into many fun radio episodes.

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.

Buck Rogers

Buck Rogers radio serial not only engendered a passion for space exploration, it taught lessons about trustworthiness, the triumph of good versus evil, and the virtue of the American Way.

Captain Midnight

This flying adventure with mysterious Captain Midnight and his pals Chuck Ramsey and Patsy Donovan was sponsored by Skelly Oil and took an exciting and melodramatic view of aviation adventure. Update: 1 additional rare recording

Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon first appeared on the comic pages in 1934, following the success of Buck Rogers. Flash soon made the move to radio before the classic film serial starring Buster Crabbe.

The Green Hornet

Follow the "Flight of the Bumblebee", The Green Hornet, and his side kick, fierce fighter, skilled driver, and all around best pal Kato for even exciting listening. Update: 7 additional recordings volume 8

Heroes, Superheroes, & People Who Think They Are Heroes Collection

OTRCAT.com original collection of Heroes, Superheroes, and people who think that theyre heros.

The Adventures of Superman Old Time Radio Shows

From 1939 right up into the atomic 1950's, Superman was on call in Metropolis. He fought the good fight through WWII, facing Nazi spies and Japan-based spies and saboteurs, he uncovered run-of-the-lab evil-genius types with their latest beta-tests, he faced beings from other planets both humanoid and robotic as well as the common criminal and the Klu Klux Klan. Update: sound quality improvements volume 1

See also: Comic Books and Funny Pages in Old Time Radio

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