Posts Tagged ‘Superman (radio)’

April 23rd, 2017  Posted at   Super-Hearing

As part of Super-Hearing, I want to trace how the Superman radio show was promoted in comic books. This ad from ACTION COMICS #25 picks up largely from the one in ACTION COMICS #24, but adds listings for stations in Washington and Baltimore airing the show.

Supermen radio ad from ACTION COMICS #25

Also of note is a change in sponsor from H-O Oats to Force, a toasted wheat flakes cereal produced by the same company. Force would be the most prominent sponsor of the show during its syndicated run.

March 21st, 2017  Posted at   Super-Hearing

As part of Super-Hearing, I want to trace how the Superman radio show was promoted in comic books. Less than a month and a half after it debuted, the serial got its first mention in the medium that launched the character on the popular Superman of America page in ACTION COMICS #24. The text, written as though penned by Superman himself, encourages readers to not just listen to the show, but to encourage their local stations to air the program if they aren’t already.

Supermen of America page from ACTION COMICS #24

It also refers to a list of stations currently airing the show in various markets across the United States. This list was included in a half-page ad on following page of the comic. Similar ads were run in Superman-related comics for the next couple years, so we’ll be able to somewhat chart the growth of the show through these ads.

Supermen radio ad from ACTION COMICS #24

H-O Oats, manufactured by Hecker’s Oat Cereal, was an early sponsor for the show in many markets, particularly on the East Coast of the U.S. The ad also makes it clear the transcribed show aired on different days in different markets. Airdates used for Super-Hearing are based on those researched by Michael J. Hayde for his book, “Flights of Fantasy.”

February 28th, 2014  Posted at   Superman & Batman

Superman & BatmanWelcome to episode nine of SUPERMAN & BATMAN, featuring your two favorite heroes in one podcast together!

The show’s premise is simple: Each episode, host Michael Bradley celebrates seven decades of the World’s Finest heroes by looking at stories featuring the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight, chosen at random mostly from the pages of World’s Finest Comics.

This episode

“The Mystery of the Wax Men” (parts 2 and 3)

ORIGINAL AIRING: March 1 and 2, 1945

WHAT TO EXPECT: Superman and Batman team up (allegedly) for the first time in any medium.

ALSO FEATURING: A presentation of the actual radio episodes!

DOWNLOAD: Directly or via iTunes

Fine print

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November 13th, 2012  Posted at   The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

The Thrilling Adventures of SupermanWelcome to episode 92 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.

Does a lack of sight heighten the other senses? The Man of Steel better hopes so given the menace he faces as Michael looks at the 19th storyline from the radio serial. And maybe “looks” isn’t the right word since the Daily Planet’s crusade against a corrupt bureaucrat leads Superman into a clash with… the Invisible Man! How can our hero defeat a villain he can’t even see?!

QUOTABLE:
“I sometimes wonder about you, Clark Kent. Yes, I really do.”
Lois Lane

Links mentioned in the episode:
Siegel & Shuster: Mythmakers, celebrating the lives, works and legacies of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster

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The Thrilling Adventures of Superman is also a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network. And don’t forget to check out the Superman Homepage!

September 25th, 2012  Posted at   The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

The Thrilling Adventures of SupermanWelcome to episode 89 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.

This time, Michael concludes his look at a story so big that it couldn’t be contained by just one episode. Continuing on from episode 88, the 18th storyline from the Superman radio show showcases Superman once more squaring off against the diabolical genius of the Yellow Mask!

QUOTABLE:
“At the moment, we score enough for my friend, Mr. Clark Kent”
The Yellow Mask

Links mentioned in the episode:
CapedWonder.com, Jim Bowers’ Web site, celebrating “Superman: The Movie” and the life and legacy of Christopher Reeve

Download the episode directly. Or, you can subscribe to the show via iTunes or the RSS feed! Questions or comments? Additions or corrections? Drop a line! Share your thoughts on the episode and the issue. You can connect with show on Facebook and Twitter, as well, to get updates!

The Thrilling Adventures of Superman is also a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network. And don’t forget to check out the Superman Homepage!