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SPEED GIBSON

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Full Name: Speed Gibson
Nationality: American
Organization: I.S.P.
Occupation Agent

Creator: Unknown
Time Span: 1937 - 1941

ABOUT THE SERIES

       Speed Gibson is an agent with the I.S.P.
       That acronym stands for the International Secret Police, a rather ominous sounding name for an organization which spans the globe fighting criminals in every nook and crany. According to its write-up, its agents are stalwart men who give their all to keep the citizens of the world safe.
       The official oath of the I.S.P. says:
       "As a member of the International Secret Police, I promise to obey and protect law and order in my country, my state and my city, and wherever my duties may take me, I will cooperate with all law-enforcement agencies.
       "I pledge myself to keep physically strong and mentally alert for every duty I am assigned to ... and I further promise to respect the code of the International Secret Police."
       One of these agents is Clint Barlow, said to be "one of the youngest, most brilliant, and trusted men in the" I.S.P. He is also the uncle and guardian of Speed Gibson.
       Gibson is described as a 15-year old who is a "typical American boy, interested in short-wave radio, aviation, and most of, in the International Secret Police". Further, "because of his interest and his evident aptitude in" the I.S.P. and because he is aware that Uncle Clint is a decorated I.S.P. operative, he has been studying hard under Barlow's tutelage to know everything we will be asked about when it comes time to volunteer to be an agent himself. "Speed looks on crime as the height of weakness failure and cowardice and vowed to do his part to end it."
       When we first meet Gibson and Uncle Clint, the elder has just completed a particularly grueling assignment and is looking forward to a vacation with Gibson somewhere relaxing. Gibson, being 15 and not having put his life on the line as his uncle has, is looking for some place with a lot of excitement. His wish, and not his uncle's, will be granted when the Chief calls with an important assignment needing Clint's expertise and, surprisingly to Clint, needs the help of young Gibson.
       Thus Gibson is able to become an extremely young but highly motivated member of the I.S.P.
       "Sufferin' whangdoodles," as Gibson is prone to shout when he gets excited. Apparently, a whangdoodle is a 'fanciful creature in folklore and children's literature'. Not sure what makes this one sufferin'.

RADIO


Number of Episodes:2
First Appearance:1937
Last Appearance:1940
Network:Syndication

REGULAR CAST
1 The Menace of the Octopus
Episode 1-1, first aired 12/03/1938

The first 100 episodes of the program dealt with teenager Speed Gibson learning that his Uncle Clint Barlow was an agent with the I.S.P. and joining him and others in the pursuit of the international criminal and would-be world conqueror, the Octopus.

The air-times and unofficial titles of each episode are:
001. 01/02/1937 - The Octopus Gang Active
002. 01/09/1937 - Speed Is Inducted into Secret Police
003. 01/16/1937 - Heading for Hong Kong
004. 01/23/1937 - A Shooting Attempt
005. 01/30/1937 - The Octopus Orders a Kidnapping
006. 02/06/1937 - Remaining at Wake Island
007. 02/13/1937 - Speed Is Missing
008. 02/20/1937 - Splinters into Custody
009. 02/27/1937 - Splinters Gets Away
010. 03/06/1937 - Barney Flies the Mystery Plane
011. 03/13/1937 - The Trio Is Ambushed on Guam
012. 03/20/1937 - The Octopus Plans a Surprise
013. 03/27/1937 - The Arrival in Hong Kong
014. 04/03/1937 - Clint Suspicious of Mr Wu
015. 04/10/1937 - Clint to Stay with Dr Kingsley
016. 04/17/1937 - Hotel Rooms Are Ransacked
017. 04/24/1937 - Marsha Is Kidnapped
018. 05/01/1937 - The Octopus Reveals Plans
019. 05/08/1937 - Disguised as Coolies
020. 05/15/1937 - Speed Is Knocked Out
021. 05/22/1937 - Leave on Bullet Plane
022. 05/29/1937 - Speed Tries to Warn Clint
023. 06/05/1937 - Shot at and Forced Down
024. 06/12/1937 - Flower Boat Is Sighted
025. 06/19/1937 - Prisoners on the Flower Boat
026. 06/26/1937 - Clint and Barney Are Captured
027. 07/03/1937 - Speed Arrives and Helps Clint and Barney
028. 07/10/1937 - Bob Gilmore Sworn into Secret Police
029. 07/17/1937 - Speed and Bob Fly to Help Dr Kingsley
030. 07/24/1937 - The Octopus' Secret Headquarters
031. 07/31/1937 - Speed Discovers the Secret Entrance
032. 08/07/1937 - A Trap Has Been Set
033. 08/14/1937 - Tunnel Fills with Water
034. 08/21/1937 - Water Continues to Rise
035. 08/28/1937 - Dynamite Must Be Used
036. 09/04/1937 - Speed Is Lost in the Tunnel
037. 09/11/1937 - Speed Is Found
038. 09/18/1937 - Barney Heads for the Hut
039. 09/25/1937 - A Teahouse Fire
040. 10/02/1937 - New Instructions from the Octopus
041. 10/09/1937 - The Octopus Continues Plans
042. 10/16/1937 - The Octopus Puts Plans into Effect
043. 10/23/1937 - Speed Thinks Quan Wu Is a Gang Member
044. 10/30/1937 - Set up in a Trap
045. 11/06/1937 - The Octopus Traps Speed and Jean
046. 11/13/1937 - Al Taken Prisoner
047. 11/20/1937 - The Octopus Escapes
048. 11/27/1937 - Hiding in a Secret Room
049. 12/04/1937 - Poison Gas Bomb Thrown
050. 12/11/1937 - How to Catch the Octopus
051. 12/18/1937 - Everyone Ready for the Trip
052. 12/25/1937 - Fighting Breaks Out
053. 01/01/1938 - Heading into Tibet
054. 01/08/1938 - The Octopus Will Go to Black Pass
055. 01/15/1938 - Following the Octopus to Tibet
056. 01/22/1938 - Monoplane Is Airborne
057. 01/29/1938 - Speed Talks with the Octopus Via Radio
058. 02/05/1938 - Follow the Dragon
059. 02/12/1938 - A Tibetan Avalanche
060. 02/19/1938 - All Narrowly Escape
061. 02/26/1938 - The Octopus Plane Spotted
062. 03/05/1938 - The Secret Police Are Jailed
063. 03/12/1938 - The Octopus Reaches Secret House
064. 03/19/1938 - Pass of the Iron Dagger
065. 03/26/1938 - Surrounding the Octopus' Secret Home
066. 04/02/1938 - Secret Police Capture the Octopus
067. 04/09/1938 - Kidnapping Plans
068. 04/16/1938 - Barney Kidnapped
069. 04/23/1938 - Thought Recording Machine
070. 04/30/1938 - A False Floor
071. 05/07/1938 - A Secret Torture Chamber
072. 05/14/1938 - Thought Helmet Taken
073. 05/21/1938 - Blank Thought Waves
074. 05/28/1938 - Barney Found Wandering
075. 06/04/1938 - Arrow Almost Hits Speed
076. 06/11/1938 - A Tibetan Feast
077. 06/18/1938 - The Octopus Visits Zee Ring's Home
078. 06/25/1938 - Picnic Planning
079. 07/02/1938 - Speed in Disguise
080. 07/09/1938 - Speed Caught by the Octopus
081. 07/16/1938 - Clint Saves Speed from Storm
082. 07/23/1938 - The Octopus Pictures to the States
083. 07/30/1938 - Marsha Winfield Held Prisoner
084. 08/06/1938 - Slave Raids Begin
085. 08/13/1938 - Clint and Speed Begin an Air Flight
086. 08/20/1938 - Marcia and Her Brother Found
087. 08/27/1938 - Splinter and Wu Are Captured
088. 09/03/1938 - Splinter Is Shot
089. 09/10/1938 - Splinter Is Cared For
090. 09/17/1938 - Splinter Is Hiding
091. 09/24/1938 - Marcia Recovers from Vapors of Sleep
092. 10/01/1938 - Shooting Breaks Out
093. 10/08/1938 - Chief Tepo Catches Pilots at Black Pass
094. 10/15/1938 - Open Radio Accident
095. 10/22/1938 - An Aerial Dog Fight
096. 10/29/1938 - Octopus Plane Crashes
097. 11/05/1938 - Ready for Attack on the Octopus
098. 11/12/1938 - Time for a Showdown
099. 11/19/1938 - The Octopus and Men Captured
100. 11/26/1938 - The Octopus Jumps from Plane in Flight


2 The Atlantian Syndicate
Episode 2-1, first aired 12/03/1938

The remaing 78 episodes of the program concerned the escape of the Octopus aided by his gang and the pursuit by Speed Gibson and his uncle to Africa to recapture him.

The air-times and unofficial titles of each episode are:
101. 12/03/1938 - Atlantian Syndicate Investigation in Africa
102. 12/10/1938 - An Airborne Fire
103. 12/17/1938 - Safe Landing Is Made
104. 12/24/1938 - Falling into a Trap
105. 12/31/1938 - No Water Aboard the Plane
106. 01/07/1939 - The Time Bomb
107. 01/14/1939 - Leeds Kills Himself
108. 01/21/1939 - Davis Shot by Octopus Gang
109. 01/28/1939 - Davis Killed
110. 02/04/1939 - The Octopus Is Still Alive
111. 02/11/1939 - An Octopus Gunboat Outside
112. 02/18/1939 - Trapped in Cave with No Water
113. 02/25/1939 - Everyone Rescued
114. 03/04/1939 - Marie Is Stowaway
115. 03/11/1939 - Smiley Is Missing
116. 03/18/1939 - Is Smiley Dead
117. 03/25/1939 - Messenger Arrives
118. 04/01/1939 - Angry Crowd at Casablanca
119. 04/08/1939 - Airport Disguise
120. 04/15/1939 - Octopus Gang Moves In
121. 04/22/1939 - Power Magazine Plan
122. 04/29/1939 - Stop Plans for Explosion
123. 05/06/1939 - Speed, Clint and Carlos in a Bad Storm
124. 05/13/1939 - Dropping a Signal
125. 05/20/1939 - A Poison Dart
126. 05/27/1939 - The Octopus' Old Headquarters
127. 06/03/1939 - Plan Flight to the Sahara Desert
128. 06/10/1939 - Fly to Legionnaire Outpost
129. 06/17/1939 - Attack Repelled
130. 06/24/1939 - Bad Sand Storm
131. 07/01/1939 - Clint Lands in the Desert
132. 07/08/1939 - Discovered in the Desert
133. 07/15/1939 - Octopus Learns Their Location
134. 07/22/1939 - Tricks by the Octopus
135. 07/29/1939 - A Ring Gets Them out of Jail
136. 08/05/1939 - The Octopus Visits Are Explained
137. 08/12/1939 - Enemy Plane Crashes
138. 08/19/1939 - Boating Down the Congo
139. 08/26/1939 - Speed Is Confronted by a Leopard
140. 09/02/1939 - Leaving Camp
141. 09/09/1939 - Clint Rescues Mrs Buchanan
142. 09/16/1939 - Search for John Buchanan
143. 09/23/1939 - Barney Hypnotized by Wings of Giant Moth
144. 09/30/1939 - Troubles with a Boa Constrictor
145. 10/07/1939 - Fumes Overcome Everyone
146. 10/14/1939 - In the Path of Cannibal Ants
147. 10/21/1939 - The Octopus Suspects Trap
148. 10/28/1939 - Warriors Help in Searching for Headquarters
149. 11/04/1939 - Native Attack Near Octopus Headquarters
150. 11/11/1939 - Attack Stopped with Elephant Stampede
151. 11/18/1939 - Search of Headquarters Started
152. 11/25/1939 - Saved from Suffocating
153. 12/02/1939 - Leaving for Gorilla Country
154. 12/09/1939 - The Octopus Prepares Death Ray
155. 12/16/1939 - The Octopus Overheard on the Radio
156. 12/23/1939 - Elephant Grass Fire
157. 12/30/1939 - A Jungle Crash Landing
158. 01/06/1940 - Surprise Meeting with Natives
159. 01/13/1940 - Barney Confronted by Talking Gorilla
160. 01/20/1940 - Talking Gorilla Starts Attack
161. 01/27/1940 - Entire Camp Captured
162. 02/03/1940 - Octopus Packs up Death Ray Machine
163. 02/10/1940 - Everyone Escapes Gorilla Attack
164. 02/17/1940 - All Are Caught in Jungle Storm
165. 02/24/1940 - John Buchanan Found in Hut
166. 03/02/1940 - Surrounded by Pygmy Headhunters
167. 03/09/1940 - Safe Take-Off
168. 03/16/1940 - Speed Missing Again
169. 03/23/1940 - The Octopus Waits
170. 03/30/1940 - Car Crash
171. 04/06/1940 - Octopus Gang Member Is Questioned
172. 04/13/1940 - Clint Worries About Landing
173. 04/20/1940 - Clint's Plane Catches on Fire
174. 04/27/1940 - An Octopus Agent Confesses to Fire
175. 05/04/1940 - Desert Raiders Attack
176. 05/11/1940 - Octopus Camp Is Reached
177. 05/18/1940 - Death Ray Blown Up
178. 05/25/1940 - The Octopus Finally Captured


ODDS & ENDS

Number of Items:1
First Appearance:1941
Last Appearance:1941

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Copyright: 1041

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MY COMMENTS

       If I had been around when Speed Gibson had his adventures, I would have been so very much into them. Even how, listening to the recordings from back then, I can see myself glued to the radio listening to each word, just as I remember myself in the late 50's tuned in to radio broadcasts of the Lone Ranger.
       Now, I feel that Gibson sounds just a tad too immature but since I have recordings of me at that age ... who knows. The adventures were fun and filled with excitement and derring-do and, of course, whangdoodles. Considering the number of different things on the Internet concerning this series and connected with bakeries around the country, I would not be surprised if there wasn't a cookie with that name.

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