A Mystery for Superman
The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - February-March, 1942
This abbreviated, five-episode story arc marks the end of the initial 325-episode run of The Adventures of Superman, and the start of a four-month break before the Mutual Network relaunched the show on a five-days-a-week schedule.
The abrupt conclusion to the short series seems to imply that the show’s cancellation wasn’t fully expected; Clark Kent is kept guessing and dashing about at a harrowing pace in a plot involving Lois’ apparent kidnapping, a missing Perry White, $20,000 in possibly swindled Daily Planet money, a scene-shifting house full of retired actors and a keen psychiatrist who puts Clark Kent in sincere doubt of his own sanity. In the fifth episode, it’s suddenly resolved that the whole affair was a bluff engineered by the Daily Planet staff to celebrate Clark’s anniversary with the paper. Plot threads are abandoned wholesale in favor of a precise, if anticlimactic, ending, and the audience hears the cast leave the airwaves amid a congratulatory party…