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The Avenger, Pgm 14

March 21st, 2009

Next up, we're going to hear a program about a man who leads a double life, using mysterious powers of the mind to fight crime with his attractive assistant.  Sounds like "The Shadow", doesn't it?

Well, not exactly...

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"The Avenger" was a series that ran for 26 episodes in the Fall of 1945, based on a Street and Smith Publications character that had its own magazine from 1939 to 1942.  The character combined elements of the more well-known Shadow and Doc Savage, but never really caught on.  A kind of "poor man's Shadow" is how some have described the series.

In this entry, we hear "The Thoroughbred Murders", program 14 in the series, originally broadcast September 7, 1945 and syndicated by Charles Michelson, Inc.  In this show, the Avenger goes through Standard Radio Mystery Plot Number 37, investigating shady dealings and murder at a race track.

The mp3 was transferred directly from a set of Charles Michelson, Inc-WOR red vinyl transcriptions.

I’d like to give a special acknowledgment to David Kiner for this week’s mp3 transfer. I recently arranged a trade for a couple of transcriptions with him and he generously threw in a digital transfer of the discs, complete with CEDAR processing. Kiner sells high quality discs of old time radio material and you can find his cds at his ebay store.

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  • Joe Webb

    What’s most funny about the Avenger series is that its creator was Walter B. Gibson, creator of the Shadow. Seems like they went to Walter and said “we want one of those, too!” And of course, Michelson was the Shadow syndicator in later yeas.

    Mar 21, 2009 at 6:30 pm
  • Aaron Neathery

    The Avenger was created by Paul Ernst, writing under the S&S “house name” Kenneth Robeson, most commonly associated with Doc Savage (Savage was written primarily by Lester Dent under the Robeson name). Curiously, The Avenger was no longer in print by the time this series began.

    Mar 26, 2009 at 9:58 am