Wednesday, August 15, 2012

July 1940: Superman Radio Show episodes 58-69

There are twelve episodes this time around, split into two six-part stories.

In the first six episodes, an arms smuggler named Hans Holbein is shipping explosives inside of dolls. There's not a lot to say about this story, as it's classic formulaic Superman, something that's become very familiar by this point. But on thing I'm struck by is how often Superman beats up thugs for information. He's basically Vic Mackey from The Shield at this point.

The second story is about a girl who inherits Happyland, an amusement park built by her father. She is threatened by the owners of a rival park named Carnivaltown, further proving that you can never trust a carny.  There's something charming about how small potatoes this story is.  It's quite nice seeing Clark Kent/Superman helping someone out just because he likes them.

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