Last of the Clipper Ships
Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - March 1941
The Superman serial has put the hootin’, hollerin’, fudge-providing Tumbleweed Jones out to pasture but doesn’t hesitate long in picking up another vernacular comic relief character to pick up the slack.
In this adventure, Jimmy and Clark board the Clara M, eponymous last of the clipper ships, only to encounter a mysterious voice ringing in the fog - they call it The Whistler, and it has the crew terrified.
It turns out there’s more than one Whistler, and half of the duo is “Pug”, a scrappy kid from the streets who ends up palling around with Jimmy and Clark for a while. Obviously intended to give Jimmy someone his own age to associate with, Pug is a case of one plucky kid hero too many, although it’s reasonable for the radio show to keep experimenting in this vein, considering how they struck gold with Jimmy early on …