Terry & the Pirates

First appearing as a comic strip created by comic artist, Milton Caniff, Terry and Pirates found its way into the newspapers of the day beginning in October, 1934.

The action-adventure drama featured realistically drawn adventures in the far east and had a serious bent to it, unlike many of the comics of the day. Terry Lee grew up in the strip opposite characters such as Pat Ryan, the soldier of fortune and "two-fisted journalist", Connie, the coolie and interpreter, and his nemesis, the Dragon Lady.

By November, 1937, the strips popularity spawned the radio series which began on November 1st as a three-times-a-week serial sponsored by Dari-Rich. But within two years it was cancelled. The country was too isolationist for the adventure stories to be popular.

As the country began moving toward war, the series was revitalized and began anew sponsored by Libby on October 16, 1941. By November, 1941 on the eve of the Pearl Harbor attack, the country was interested in what was happening in the far east and the adventures of Terry and the Pirates fit the bill. This series was a fifteen minute five-times-a-week serial initially on WGN, Chicago. We followed Terry through the war, though Japan is never mentioned throughout the run. Some of the actors from this series run included Bob Griffin as Dude Hennick, John Gibson as Connie and Emily Vass as April Kane. Terry was played over the series run by various actors including Jackie Kelk, Cliff Carpenter, Owen Jordan and Bill Fein.

NOTE: The series as presented here lacks the openings and closings of the original show.

Episode 132 - May 29, 1942

Within my collection, the next few episodes are not totally clear as to the date. Two are known in 1942 and the others are only know to be from the 1940s. Where I have a date, I will post it, but these will not be in a known chronological order though I will name them as continuous episodes.

Episode 133 - July 6, 1942
Episode 134 - 1942 Terry Hunts Nazis in Calcutta
Episode 135 - 1943
Episode 136 - January 10, 1944
Episode 137 - January 27, 1944
Episode 138 - February 3, 1944
Episode 139 - September 27, 1944

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