Comic Weekly Man

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Overview

The Comic Weekly Man (1947-1954) was a OTR dramatic program that provided dramatic readings (complete with music and sound effects) of the Sunday comics, turning them into skits and performing a cast of comic heroes and villains as never heard before.

Significance

Radio actor Lon Clark voiced all the male parts. Clark also played the title role in Nick Carter, Master Detective throughout its entire twelve-year run, 11 April 1943-25 September 1955, on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

Background

"I'm The Comic Weekly Man, the jolly Comic Weekly Man and I'm here to read the funnies to you happy boys and honeys."

After this theme song The Comic Weekly Man turned to Puck: The Comic Weekly found in the Sunday newspapers owned by William Randolph Hearst, and provided dramatic readings (complete with music and sound effects), turning the Sunday comics into skits and performing a cast of comic heroes and villains as never heard before. Young and old followed along, newspaper in hand, enjoying this OTR dramatic program.

Radio actor Lon Clark voiced all the male parts. Little Miss Honey, a female assistant, voiced some of the female parts, asked to hear a joke or riddle, and urged Clark to read from different comic strips. Each episode lasted twenty eight minutes.

Plot

Dramatic readings of the Sunday comics.

Cast

Lon Clark (The Comic Weekly Man)
*** (Little Miss Honey)

Resources

The Comic Weekly Man radio logs at Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs website
Episodes at Internet Archive website
Episodes at Old Time Radio Researchers Group Library

Episodes

Totals

Total episodes: 396
Surviving episodes: 123

Timeline

27 April 1947-21 November 1954
Mutual Broadcasting Network

First Three Surviving Episodes

The first 171 episodes, 27 April 1947-30 July 1950 are not available.

  • Episode 172

    Very Hot
    Episode 172, 6 August 1950
    First comic=Snookums

  • Episode 173

    Man With Bread in His Mouth
    Episode 173, 13 August 1950
    First comic=Snookums

  • Episode 174

    Anxious about Flash Gordon
    Episode 174, 20 August 1950
    First comic=Snookums