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Captain Midnight (later rebranded on television as Jet Jackson, Flying Commando) is a U.S. adventure franchise first broadcast as a radio serial from 1938 to 1949.

A newspaper comic strip, based closely on the radio program, made its debut in 1942. The strip, bylined by “Jonwan” (Erwin L. Hess) was drawn in a style similar to that of Milton Caniff. As with the radio show, the major characters were retained, including Joyce Ryan, Chuck Ramsay, Ichabod Mudd and Major Barry Steele. The strip was released by the Chicago Sun Syndicate on June 29, 1942, and ran until the late 1940s. The strip had some differences from the radio show and did not reprise the radio adventures. In the strip, Captain Midnight was referred to as “an unofficial fighter for freedom,” which is at variance from the radio show, where the Secret Squadron was set up by a high governmental official (“Mr. Jones”), which the hero was recruited to head (unless, of course, “unofficial” meant, in the modern pop-culture sense, “subject to official disavowal if caught or killed on a politically sensitive mission”). Even with the variants, it was far closer to the radio show than any of the other spinoffs.

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  1. dottedsun says:

    Great!
    Thanks.

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