Welcome to episode 44 of The Thrilling Adventures of Superman. The show’s mission is to explore the history and development of the Superman in his formative years by chronicling the Man of Steel’s Golden Age adventures in comics, radio and film.
Michael is once more joined by Charlie Niemeyer for a look at the third storyline, from the Superman radio serial! Superman goes into action to squelch a blazing inferno and try to rescue a trapped woman. But is there more to it than a simple fire? Find out in this six-episode story that leads Superman into an adventure that traverses land, sea and air!
And be sure to check out Charlie’s podcasts, Superman in the Bronze Age and Podcast of Justice! A huge thanks once more to Mr. Niemeyer for coming on the show.
If the fire department can’t reach her, why do you think you can?
-Perry White (to Clark Kent)
The Superman radio show, obviously, doesn’t allow for scans of images from the story. However, here is a look at a couple spot illustrations, that accompanied the text adaptation of the story in the February 1941 issue of Radio and Television Mirror. (Unfortunately, I was unable to find a scan of the cover of that issue.) Click on the images for larger views, as always, in addition to their original captions. Art was likely done by members of the Shuster shop. Who penned the adaptations themselves, however, is not known.
Clark and June
Superman takes to the skies
Links mentioned in the episode:
- Listen to episodes of the Blue Beetle radio serial at the Internet Archive (the first thirteen star Frank Lovejoy, who voiced Captain Vincent Anderson in this arc, as the title character)
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