Radioplay Day Update: Superman vs the Clan of the Fiery Cross

Okay so it’s been a long time since our last Radioplay Day, but I haven’t forgotten about my desire to go through “Superman and the Clan of the Fiery Cross” with y’all.

Once finals are done and I’ve got my freelancing schedule on lock, I’ll get back on track and start putting up the posts for the episodes I’ve listened to by then.

Heck, maybe I’ll take some time off during Thanksgiving break to power through the first three or four episodes and read the book that Richard Bowers wrote on the subject (Superman versus the Ku Klux Klan: The True Story of How the Iconic Superhero Battled the Men of Hate).

But for the time being, please check out this clip from Drunk History’s “Atlanta” episode which is a brief look at how Superman played a rather important part in undermining the authority and influence of the Klan.

(I recommend the entire episode because it’s hilarious and the first person to drunkenly retell history is the adorable Jenny Slate fumbling through a history of Coca Cola’s invention.)

See you soon with a full post!

Radioplay Day: The Shadow – “The Creeper”

Shadow_CD_(Vol_II)Download Link: The Creeper

Airdate: May 29, 1938

Main Characters/Actors: The Shadow/Lamont Cranston (Orson Wells), Margot Lane (Margot Stevenson)

In “The Creeper”, Orson Welles is only in his early twenties as he voices the Shadow/Lamont. Before the end of the year, he’ll leave the role for bigger things. I think though, that without him taking up the Shadow before anyone else could step into his shows, he set the stage for the rest of the series and made it possible for the character to take the world by storm.

“The Creeper” is one of those episodes of The Shadow radioplay that I have always liked even as it stressed me out. Orson Welles has a lot to do with this.Read More »

Radioplay Day: The Shadow – The Curse of the Cat

Curse of the CatDownload Link: The Curse of the Cat

Airdate: January 20, 1946

Main Characters/Actors: The Shadow/Lamont Cranston (Bret Morrison), Margot Lane (Lesley Woods)

The Shadow is one of my favorite heroes from the Golden Age of pulps. I talk about him literally all the time because I love how he’s a clear predecessor to Batman but so different at the same time.

Okay, I have always had a thing about Orson Welles’ work on the franchise but once I started listening to Bret Morrison’s run on the show, he’s the one who made the Shadow click for me.

These radioplays? Yeah, I listen to them as I fall asleep (which certainly explains the ridiculous nightmares that I keep having, but whatever). When Comixology Unlimited was announced? I got it specifically so that I could read Masks from Dynamite Entertainment and catch the pulp hero team-up of my literal dreams.

Now that you’ve got a bit of backstory for my intense love of the Shadow, let’s actually talk a bit about “The Curse of the Cat”.Read More »