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Hop Harrigan

Hop Harrigan first appeared in All American Comics #1 created by Jon Blummer (Fighting Yank, Little Boy Blue) as one of the first successful aviation heroes in comic history.

Hop Harrigan's story begins with him being raised by his neighbor, who tried to gain legal guardianship of him in order to try to obtain Hop's inheritance (of which he was successful). Hop Harrigan had been orphaned by his father, a legendary pilot, who disappeared on a flight to South America to see his wife. By the time Hop Harrigan had almost grown, his neighbor tried to destroy a biplane that once had been in the possession of Hop's father. Seeing this, Hop angrily knocked the old man to the ground and escaped in the biplane, not planning to return. He arrived at an airport where he saved the life of mechanic Tank Tinker, who became his friend and companion. Tank gave Harrigan his nickname when he said, "Some hop, Harrigan." Later, Hop, Tank and Prop Wash (the pilot who accidentally endangered Tank), along with help from an heiress (who later became Hop's girlfriend), set up the All-American Aviation Company, a company that dealt with a variety of exciting adventures. By the time World War II came, as with most other comics of the time, the Hop Harrigan comic started to have World War II themed adventures as Hop, Tank and Prop joined the US Army Air Corps in service of the war effort.

On radio, Hop Harrigan aired from August 31, 1942 to February 6, 1948. The series began on the ABC Blue network and moved October 2, 1946, to the Mutual Broadcasting System. Charles Stratton appeared in the title role with Ken Lynch as Tank. Lynch was later replaced by Jackson Beck, voice actor for Bluto (Popeye), King Leonardo and Perry White (Superman). Mitzi Gould played Hop's girlfriend, Gail Nolan. One of the writers for this series was noir novelist David Goodis.

Episode Title [Total of: 189]CategoryRating
51 - Hop Harrigan - Island Escape
Episode date: 1942-9-17
Action / Adventure
52 - Hop Harrigan - Knife Pulled on Tank
Episode date: 1947-10-15
Action / Adventure
53 - Hop Harrigan - Lapanterra Fires on Group
Episode date: 1947-10-7
Action / Adventure
54 - Hop Harrigan - Lost Mayan City Spotted
Episode date: 1947-9-23
Action / Adventure
55 - Hop Harrigan - Man with Horns Seen
Episode date: 1947-10-2
Action / Adventure
56 - Hop Harrigan - Meeting in a Red Barn
Episode date: 1942-11-24
Action / Adventure
57 - Hop Harrigan - Messer Schmidt Cannon Part 11
Episode date: 1942-10-5
Action / Adventure
58 - Hop Harrigan - Messer Schmidt Cannon Part 3
Episode date: 1942-9-23
Action / Adventure
59 - Hop Harrigan - Messer Schmidt Cannon Part 4
Episode date: 1942-9-24
Action / Adventure
60 - Hop Harrigan - Messer Schmidt Cannon Part 9
Episode date: 1942-10-1
Action / Adventure

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