Thursday, August 31, 2006


"Tales of the Mysterious Traveler" starred Maurice Tarplin as "The Traveler" (who also appeared as "The Strange Dr. Weird"). The series ran from 1944 to 1952.

This was a long running horror melodrama on the Mutual network, but it was also adapted as a Charlton comic with cool art by Steve Ditko and many others.

Steve Ditko pretty much designed the character's look - snap brim hat, scarf and long overcoat, usually colored blue. Reminds me a bit of The Phantom Stranger.....

But here's the funny thing...after the radio show folded in the late 50's, Charlton continued to use him as a host in their books into the early 60's, mostly in Strange Suspense Stories.

If you count reprints - he appeared until the late 70's!

There was even a digest size
Tales of the Mysterious Traveler magazine

with covers by Norm (Mars Attacks/Wacky Packs) Saunders - who knew!?!

Quality of these episodes ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, but the good ones are GOOD.... 'Nuff said?

TALES of the MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER I as a zip file.
TALES of the MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER II as a zip file.

PS. It seems like complaints were received 'bout "The Challenge of Space" and the file was removed. Hmmmmmm....
I wonder what the ol' Traveler would have to say about that?
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