The Mysterious Traveler was an anthology radio series, that also included a print magazine and comic book as part of its story presentation. All three publishing channels featured stories that centered on fantasy and science fiction, crime dramas, mystery and suspense.
This tremendously popular radio show was a favorite for mystery lovers of the era. During its run, it was nominated for the Edgar award for “Best Radio Drama” in 1949, 1951 and finally garnered a win in 1953.
The radio show It was the brainchild of golden age writing greats Robert Arthur and David Kogan and was sponsored by Adams Hats. The show began on the Mutual Broadcasting System, on December 5, 1943 and continued until September 16, 1952.
Mysterious Traveler Magazine was published by Grace Publishing from 1951 to 1952. The magazine ran for five issues with cover paintings by pulp illustrator Norman Saunders.
Trans-World Publications’ one-shot Mysterious Traveler Comics #1 was published in November 1948. The comic had a direct tie-in with the radio series, with the story “Five Miles Down,” taken from an episode written for the radio broadcast.