Blue Beetle, The

Blue Beetle, The

Frank Lovejoy

Born on March 28, 1912 in The Bronx, New York

Died on October 2, 1962 in New York City of a heart attack


MBS, 1940

A 15-minute juvenile crime drama based on the adventures of an early comic book superhero. Rookie policeman Dan Garrett transformed himself into the Blue Beetle by wearing bulletproof blue chain mail and by ingesting a secret potion. Frank Lovejoy was the first to play the title role.

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The Blue Beetle had a short career on the radio, between May and September 1940. Motion picture and radio actor Frank Lovejoy was the Blue Beetle for the first 13 episodes, while for the rest of the shows, the voice was provided by a different, uncredited actor. The Blue Beetle was a young police officer who saw the need for extraordinary crime fighting. He took the task on himself by secretly donning a superhero costume to create fear in the criminals who were to learn to fear the Blue Beetle's wrath. The 13-minute segments were usually only two-parters, so the stories were often simpler than other popular programs, such as the Superman radio serial.