I've mentioned my obsession with the ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN old-time radio show before. With another road trip in the offing, I'm loading up on MP3 files, burning CDs of Bud Collyer and crew. I've decided to work my way through the show in order. It doesn't necessarily take all that long, especially on road trips; each episode was about fifteen minutes long, so you can go through several cliffhanger-filled storylines if you've got a good long drive ahead of you. Except I'd noticed that the online archives in some places were remarkably bereft. Today, I found the explanation:
****OF THE 700 EPISODES PRODUCED DURING THIS SUB-MISSIONS TIME-FRAME, ONLY 57 EPISODES ARE KNOWN TO EXIST. THESE ARE THOSE EPISODES. BEGINNING WITH EPISODE 1100, MOST OF THE EPISODES EXIST, DUE TO THE AFRS RECORDINGS FOR THE TROOPS OVER-SEAS IN WORLD WAR II.*****
This period covers the gap between December 1942 and August 1945.
I think Superman's first team-up with Batman in any medium and the first appearance of Kryptonite are among the burninated.
Excuse me; I'm going to cry now. And I thought old-school DOCTOR WHO fandom was heartbreaking.