Comic Strips on the Radio

“Comic Strips on the Radio” featuring:

Popeye: “Visiting the Zoo”

Gasoline Alley: “The Adventures of the Hynotized Hero”

Blondie: “Blondie Feuds with Woodley”

Original Air Dates: ca. 1936; October 15, 1948; October 15, 1944

Performance Date: March 27, 2011

The character of Popeye was created by Elzie Crisler Segar and first appeard in the daily comic strip Thimble Theatre on January 17, 1929. By 1933, Popeye began life as a cartoon shoot for Paramount Pictures, and from 1935 until 1938, the character had his own radio series that was broadcast over various networks.

The radio series featured Detmar Poppen as Popeye, Olive Lamoy as Olive Oyl, Charles Lawrence as Wimpy and Jackson Beck as Bluto. The original sponsor of the show was Wheatena, a breakfast cereal, and it replaced all references to spinich.

Until recently only four episodes of the 204 Popeye radio shows were known to survive. In the Fall of 2003, 16 lost episodes were rediscovered from the first season of the show.

Gasoline Alley was a long running comic strip first published in 1918 and created by Frank King. First published by the Chicago Tribune, it was the first comic strip to depitc its characters aging though the years. The strip was adapted for the radio several times throughout the 1930s and 1940s.

The characters of Blondie and Dagwood began life in American newspapers in 1930, and the popularity of the comic strip led to a series of films (1938-1950) and a radio program (1939-1950). Through most of the run of the radio show Penny Singleton and Arthur Lake (from the Blondie film series) portrayed Blondie and the bumbling Dagwood. When Singleton left the radio program in 1949, she was portrayed by Ann Rutherford, Florence Lake, Patricia Van Cleve and Alice White.

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