Author Charles Nicholas created The Blue Beetle, one of the earlier heroes on the comic book series, "Mystery Men" in 1939. Due to the character's popularity, it was first syndicated on print which was followed by a radio program in 1940, and ran parallel to The Blue Beetle's comic book adventures. Actor Frank Lovejoy voiced the masked character's performance for the first 13-episodes. For some reason, credit for the role remained unknown for the rest of the serialization's run. Comared to other old radio shows geared toward the younger audience, The Blue Beetle was relatively short-lived, mainly because the show's story was far simpler than other contemporaries of its time. Each episode consisted of two segments within a 13-minute schedule. As such, there was very little room to develop a more complex storyline and instead, The Blue Beetle only focused on its basic plot which was that of a young police officer instilling fear into the underworld by donning a mask and superhero costume. Through the years, the character has evolved from its original form and may not be familiar to what the comic book readers of today expect of this old time radio crime-fighter.
- Radio Shows
Please enjoy these 26 old time radio episodes:
+Episode #1. Also titled "Smashing Dope Ring". Standard opening for all episodes is: (three whistle...
|05.15.1940||smashing the drug ring||
+ "Reaping down upon the underworld to smash ganglands comes a friend of the unfortunate an enemy of...
|05.17.1940||sabotage and liquidation||
+ Program #3. Fox Features syndication. "Sabotage and Liquidation" Part one. A new Army pursuit pl...
|05.22.1940||murder for profit||
+ Program #5. Fox Features syndication. "Murder For Profit" Part one. An industrialist has been mu...
|05.24.1940||blasting the dynamite gang||
+ Program #7. Fox Features syndication. "Blasting The Dynamite Ring" Part one. What is behind the ...
+ Program #9. Fox Features syndication. "The Invisible Ghost" Part one. The Blue Beetle tackles a ...
|05.31.1940||death rides on horseback||
+ Program #11. Fox Features syndication. "Death Rides On Horseback" Part one. A masked horseman ha...
|06.05.1940||death strikes from the east||
+ Program #13. Fox Features syndication. "Death Strikes From The East" Part one. Tong Wars are bei...
+ Program #15. Fox Features syndication. "The Sea Serpent" Part one. The Blue Beetle wears Dr. Fra...
+ Program #17. Fox Features syndication. "The Frame Up" Part one. The Blue Beetle uses the fluid o...
|06.14.1940||spirits dont talk||
+ Program #19. Fox Features syndication. "Spirits Don't Talk" Part one. A medium named Professor W...
|06.19.1940||thoroughbreds always come through||
+ Program #21. Fox Features syndication. "Thoroughbreds Always Come Through" Part one. A long-shot...
|06.21.1940||smashing the arson ring|
|06.26.1940||rounding up the payroll bandits||
In Episode #25 (Part 1), The Blue Beetle kills a gang member responsible for stealing payroll money...
|07.10.1940||saved by a hair||
+ Program #29. Fox Features syndication. "Saved By A Hair" Part one. A dead cop provides the clue ...
|07.17.1940||finesse in diamonds||
+ Program #31. Fox Features syndication. "Finesse In Diamonds" Part one. A genuine costumed hero o...
+ Program #33. Fox Features syndication. "Sabotage Incorporated" Part one. The only suspect in a m...
|07.31.1940||smashing the restaurant racket||
+ Program #35. Fox Features syndication. "Smashing The Restaurant Racket" Part one. The Blue Beetl...
|08.07.1940||two rackets in one||
+ Program #37. Fox Features syndication. "Two Rackets In One" Part one. The Modern Trucker Protect...
|08.14.1940||underworld goes underground||
+ Program #39. Fox Features syndication. "The Underworld Goes Underground" Part one. The Blue Beet...
|08.21.1940||the dancing ghost of rocking hill||
+ Program #41. Fox Features syndication. "The Dancing Ghosts Of Rocky Hills" Part one. A ciphered ...
|08.28.1940||whale of pirates folly||
+ Program #43. Fox Features syndication. "The Whale Of Pirate's Folly" Part one. The Blue Beetle t...
|09.04.1940||asylum of doctor drear||
+ Program #45. Fox Features syndication. "The Asylum Of Dr. Drear" Part one. The Blue Beetle is ca...
|09.11.1940||jewel mystery of channel island|
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