The Adventures of Smilin' Jack was an aviation comic strip that first appeared October 1, 1933 in the Chicago Tribune and ended April 1, 1973. After a run of 40 years, it was the longest running aviation comic strip, with the main character "Smilin' Jack" being described as "the Dick Tracy of the skies."
The strip was created by 27-year-old cartoonist and aviation enthusiast Zack Mosley, who had previously worked on the Buck Rogers and Skyroads strips. Smilin' Jack's appearance was based barnstormer and three time Thompson Trophy winner Roscoe Turner.
In 1943 Universal Studios produced a serial, The Adventures of Smilin' Jack , in which Smilin' Jack Martin (Tom Brown) works with the Chinese government to stop the Black Samurai, a Japanese covert spy ring led by the German operative Fraulein von Teufel. We bring part one of the serial to you today for your enjoyment.
Clear skies and God's speed.