Thursday, January 26, 2012


There was a LAND OF THE LOST radio series that ran for five years from 1943.

I always thought LAND OF THE LOST originated as that show about "Marshall, Will and Holly, on a routine expedition" getting sucked into a vortex (OK, it looked like flushing toilet, but ya gotta have a little willing suspension) and popping out in a prehistoric world with stop-motion dinosaurs.

The original LAND OF THE LOST, written and narrated by Isabel Manning Hewson, was about a couple of kids who traveled underwater with the assistance of a large, friendly fish with the improbable name of Red Lantern. Art Carney provided the voice.

EC Comics produced a comic book version of the program, written by Hewson, with art by Olive Bailey. Saved From the Paper Drive blog has the premiere story here. It's from back when EC stood for "Educational Comics" and the comic book lasted nine issues.

You can see more LAND OF THE LOST comics at Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine here. Pappy posted about it years ago and I am late in seeing it.

Pappy also has a link to the one of the three Famous Studios animated shorts, with voices by Jackson Beck, Jack Mercer and May Questel:

My friend Scott Shaw! has an Oddball Comics archived, exhaustive description of the series here.

If you look around, Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine has more from the series, including the scan of this inside front page with descriptions of the two women:

1 comment:

jamie said...

How cool is that! Also heckofa lot less traumatizing than those Sleestaks which are responsible for instilling my earliest childhood phobias.