We’re keeping on with the Cornball theme this afternoon with another album we found eons ago at some Record Fair, an original radio broadcast of the ‘Terry and the Pirates‘.
‘Terry and the Pirates’ was an action-adventure comic strip created by cartoonist Milton Caniff. Captain Joseph Patterson, editor for the Chicago Tribune New York News Syndicate, had admired Caniff’s work on the children’s adventure strip ‘Dickie Dare’ and hired him to create the new adventure strip, providing Caniff with the title and locale. The Dragon Lady leads the evil pirates; conflict with the pirates was diminished in priority when World War II started. The strip was read by 31 million newspaper subscribers between 1934 and 1946. The radio series based on the comics gained a popular listener base between 1937 through 1948; beginning in the late afternoon starting at 5:15pm, three times a week, sponsored by Dari-Rich, airing on NBC Red Network.
This particular album was released in 1973 (complete with adverts of Quaker Puffed Wheat and Quaker Puffed Rice).
The adventure begins with young Terry Lee, “a wide-awake American boy,” arriving in contemporary China with his friend, two-fisted journalist Pat Ryan. Seeking a lost gold mine, they meet George Webster “Connie” Confucius, interpreter and local guide. Initially, crudely drawn backgrounds and stereotypical characters surrounded Terry as he matched wits with pirates and various other villains. He developed an ever larger circle of friends and enemies, including Big Stoop, Captain Judas, Cheery Blaze, Chopstick Joe, Cue Ball and Dude Hennick.
I like it because, well, it has my name on it and who wouldn’t like an album with themselves listed as the principle hero?
Not this guy.