The Silver Arrow
The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - November
Cowboys and gangsters were always popular staples of adolescent entertainment, radio serials being no exception - but while the Superman radio show brimmed with the latter, it was a little sly on the former. The occasional excuse to get Clark Kent out into the plains was probably an intentional effort to bite some of the popularity of that genre, just as the Superman serial regularly attracted fans of the cops-and-robbers milieu.
With Tumbleweed Jones continuing to lend some sort of awkward gravitas to Clark and Jimmy’s wild west adventure, the trio discover the calling cards of an Old West vigilante, The Silver Arrow – something of a Robin Hood of the frontier, although slyly similar to another popular radio hero, the Lone Ranger.
The adventure relies more on riddles and mystery than Superman’s mighty feats, although it’s interesting in the sense that it not only expands the Man of Steel’s universe but does so by introducing, for the first time in any media, another costumed crimefighter operating under a colorful sobriquet to the Superman mythos (albeit fifty years in the past) …