Friday, April 18, 2014

Radio in Comics

I recently found myself enthused over a radio broadcast themed comic book, and I just had to get a copy; which I'd like to tell you about. But before I do, let's take a quick peek at a few other radio-related comics.. I'll save the best for last...

Let's start by going back about a hundred years to what is probably the first comic strip having a radio broadcast theme..
The following is quoted from the Strippers Guide Blog..

The Stripper's Guide blog
discusses the history of the American newspaper comic strip:

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"One of the very earliest radio-related comics is Radio Ralf, which arrived on the scene just three years after the first commercial-style radio broadcasts in 1919... ..but the original daily run of the strip was extremely short, apparently ending on July 8, a mere three months later.
Although the strip seems to have ended with only 70-some installments under its belt, the burgeoning interest in radio kept it from going peacefully into the comic strip graveyard. In 1922-23, Western Newspaper Union added reprints of the feature to their weekly line-up. Then McClure itself started selling the strip in batches, where it was snapped up by economically minded newspapers well into the mid-1920s."

Silver Age Comics pointed out a rare comic panel of a super hero who presents a radio broadcast theme..

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A 1963 issue of Adventure Comics introduced a peculiar Superhero applicant by the name "Antenna Boy". He even listened to Part 15  stations! He received an increadible reception, but utilmately his application was declined.. More at:
Silver Age Comics

Amateur Radio Comic Books introduces the young-uns' to HAM Radio:
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"The Adventures of Zack and Max.....
This story is designed to provide you with some basic information about ham radio, giving a glimpse into its history, its applications, and its relevance in the world today. Whether you’re a student or an adult, this book tells a story about ham radio which we hope you will read again and again."

Find an ample selection of free issues to download or read online at:

DIY Radio Rookies teach young people the art of Audio Production... "The Making of a Radio Rookies Story: From Day One to Air.Follow the journey of Radio Rookie Keith Harris as he reports and produces his first feature story with WNYC's youth media program. .. about everything from interview skills to how to report a personal story:

.Radio Gaga
"The local radio-station where most things never go according to plan. Martin, the young editor, desperately tries to usher the rest of the unbelievably incompetent staff to produce something resembling a radio-broadcast, but he is rarely successful.
Even though the backdrop for this comic-strip is a local radio-station, most of the stories revolve around the six people who work there and their chaotic private lives":

.. It's true that most of the strips have absolutely nothing to do with the radio station, however I did manage to find a couple in the mix..
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Ok.. Well this post took a lot longer than expected'.. Now I'm tired of it and don't feel like telling you about the radio station comic book I was saving for last..  And it really is rather cool..
But oh well, I'm done.
I'll tell you about it tomorrow.

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