- This article is about the franchise. For other uses, see Radioactive Man (disambiguation).
Radioactive Man is a media franchise starring Radioactive Man. The franchise spans comic books, radio shows, TV shows, movies and action figures.
Radioactive Man was created by Morty Mann in 1952. However, in the 1940s, there was a precursor to Radioactive Man called "Radio Man". However, Radio Man never starred in a radio show.
Radioactive Man starred in Civil Defense shorts such as Duck and Cover with Radioactive Man and Radioactive Man and Dad Build a Fallout Shelter.
In the 1960s, Radioactive Man starred in a musical You're a Swell Guy, Radioactive Man. The musical closed on opening night.
In the 1970s, Radioactive Man teamed up with Itchy and Scratchy in Radioactive Man and His Buddies. The show now has a cult following, but it was criticized for having violent content and schmaltzy sermonizing.
In the 1950s, a black and white Radioactive Man serial was created. The serial starred Dirk Richter as Radioactive Man and Buddy Hodges as Fallout Boy. The series was sponsored by Laramie Cigarettes; consequently, Radioactive Man often smoked during the series.
1960s TV series
In the 1960s, a color TV series starring Dirk Richter again aired. The series was described as "campy".
Troy McClure trilogy
A trilogy of films, starring Troy McClure as Radioactive Man, were made in the 1980s. The third film also starred Krusty the Clown as Krusto the Evil Clown and Buddy Hodges as Fallout Boy's great-grandfather.
Rainier Wolfcastle film
A film starring Rainier Wolfcastle as Radioactive Man was planned and started production, with filming taking place in Springfield. However, this never got completed after the Fallout Boy actor, Milhouse Van Houten, quit late during filming. Mickey Rooney tried to take over from Milhouse but producers ended up pulling production after they went broke from the gouging of the people of Springfield.
An all-female reboot of the Rainier Wolfcastle Radioactive Man film, called Radioactive Woman, was planned. The movie was to star Patty and Selma Bouvier as Radioactive Woman and Sherri and Terri Mackleberry as Fallout Girl, with Krusty the Clown directing the film. However, Krusty bought the rights to the film without ever intending on finishing it and filming ended once this was found out.
Other media elements