Gang Busters


Genre: crime

Created in: 1939

Gang Busters was a long running radio drama created by Phillips H. Lord for NBC Radio. Lord first developed a show called G-Men that ran through the summer of 1935. G-Men focused on stories of the FBI, but J. Edgar Hoover insisted on script oversight on the series, and insisted on downplaying individualism and gun play, preferring to focus on investigative work by teams. Lord chafed under those restrictions, and in January 1936 Lord debuted Gang Busters, a follow up program that focused on law enforcement in general and was not subject to Hoover's whims. The show ran for 21 years on radio, and produced a spin-off motion picture serial in 1942, and a short lived television program.

It was also adapted for comics.

David McKay dedicated an issue (#17) of its Feature Book title to Gang Busters in 1939. The issue apparently consisted of a long heavily illustrated text story, adapting a storyline from the radio program.

Also in 1939 Dell began their own adaptation of the program, which ran as one of the regular features in Popular Comics, an early anthology title that mixed strip reprints with original strips. It ran for eight years, from issue 38 to 140 in 1947, when Dell lost the license to DC, who gave the property its own title, which lasted an additional 10 years.

In addition to using Gang Busters in Popular Comics, Dell also collected the strips from Popular to fill an issue of Large Feature Comic (#10, 1940), and several issues of Four Color: issues 7 and 23 of the 1939 series, and issue 24 of the 1942 series.

adaptation; adapted from radio; licensed property; radio drama