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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Spider Radio Drama May Have Pre-Dated Shadow Radio Series

FYI  Lee Falk, who later created Mandrake the Magician and The Phantom, directed most shows at KMOX at this time. The main KMOX actor was baritone-voiced Marvin Mueller, later Miller. He became famous on TV later an THE MILLIONAIRE.

Posted by Yahoo Groups, "Pulp Mags" by Chris Kalb:

I've always questioned whether there was in fact a Spider radio show on KMOX out of St. Louis, as referenced in Jim Harmon's NOSTALGIA CATALOG and Don Hutchinson's THE GREAT PULP HEROES, but now I've seen the ad for myself. It appears on page 127 of the August 1935 issue of The Spider ("Master of the Death-Madness") for anyone interested. (I just got my replica from Girasol.)

No other mention is made in the issue, or in issues immediately before or after. The ad appears to be from the advertiser of the program, Blackstone's Tasty-Lax, and offers a free Spider Ring if you send in the ad's coupon with the direction slip from the 24- piece package of Tasty-Lax.

It says to tune in "every Thursday" at 6:30 CST. This doesn't make it definite that it actually aired, but it gives us times and dates to research. The August issue hit stands in July; The Thursdays in July 1935 were the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. That's a good place to start for anyone near the St. Louis Public Library. Anyone?

If The Spider radio show was a drama, as opposed to someone reading the current issue on the air, am I right in saying that it would have predated The Shadow radio drama?

I like to think it may have been a drama, and scripted by Norvell

Page, as the very last line in Page's biography in Arthur Burk's AMERICAN FICTION GUILD BULLETIN dated December 1, 1935 says "Good radio script writer." There are no (other) radio credits for Page that I know of.

From me: I am certain that I read, or was told that KNOX burned down and the Spider scripts with it, as well as found Norvell wrote them from the same source. I'll try to look it up and/or recall.

Norvell wrote for radio, that is certain. But exactly what, outside of what I've heard re. the above, I don't know. My Grandmother mentioned he'd worked on several things, including the Shadow.


  1. I think the Little Dixie Library has The St. Louis Post-Dispatch on microfiche. If they do, I might just check to see if they have the radio schedules for August 1935. It would be interesting to find out if The Spider radio show ever aired.

  2. KMOX did not burn, but no scripts from those days were kept.

  3. The Shadow started out on the radio as a narrator for one of Street and Smith's Detective magazines. The Shadow magazine was started just to get a copyright on the character because radio was considered live performance and not under copyright. The Shadow radio drama that everyone is familiar with is the 2nd Shadow radio incarnation.


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