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Episode 11: Captain Midnight

June 27th, 2015

In the eleventh episode of The Pop Culture Lens podcast, Christopher Olson and CarrieLynn Reinhard welcome friend of the podcast Blair Davis of DePaul University to discuss a pulp hero from the radio era, Captain Midnight. 

Captain Midnight began as a radio serial in 1938 (which you can listen to here), at the dawn of the age of superheroes, and the character appeared in numerous other media during the 1940s and 1950s. Beginning as a famous aviator tasked to fight crime and nefarious elements, over the years he has been adapted to become more of a superhero, complete with secret lair and advanced technology giving him inhuman abilities. The character was recently revived by Dark Horse Comics, ending its run after two years.

Because of the character's longevity and appearance in numerous media, this episode focuses on the adaptation of the character across these media, and how such adaptation also suggests that Captain Midnight was one of the earlier examples of transmedia storytelling, which is so common in our contemporary world of shared universes (e.g. the Marvel Cinematic Universe).

As always, you are encouraged to become a part of this conversation by visiting any of the podcast's social media sites. You can also talk with Christopher Olson on Twitter (@chrstphrolson) and at his academic blog seemsobvioustome.wordpress.com. And you can talk to CarrieLynn Reinhard on Twitter (@mediaoracle) and at her website www.playingwithresearch.com.