Jade City Pharaoh Season 1

Howard Craft, creator of the Jade City Pharaoh
Carol Jackson

Howard Craft created The Jade City Pharaoh. The superhero guards Concrete Falls, a place not unlike Durham, North Carolina.  The Jade City Pharaoh has been the subject of a stage play, a comic book, and a series of WUNC radio shorts.

The Jade City Pharaoh is one of the few African American superheroes in the world, and he's the only one to have his own radio show.

WUNC's Carol Jackson interviewed Howard Craft and other members of the cast and crew for this feature:

Superhero Herald MF Jones faces off with the Beef Cooka’s deadliest henchman, Anvil Steel. Can the Jade City Pharaoh defeat a maniac made of metal?

Jade City is buzzing about a rare TV appearance by superhero Herald M.F. Jones, although the reviews are mixed. But things really heat up when the evil Beef Cooka makes a very personal attack on Jones’ alter ego, Malik Fraser.

Superhero Herald MF Jones finds himself in the middle of a tense hostage situation when a mild-mannered Jade City citizen named Benjamin Macintosh decides to hold a bank loan officer against his will. What caused Macintosh to snap?

Superhero Herald MF Jones finally comes face-to-face with his manipulative arch nemesis The Beef Cooka, who has a life-changing proposal for Jade City’s savior in exchange for the safe return of Kid Delight. Can Jones keep the upper hand and rescue Kid before The Beef Cooka cooks up any more trouble?

Superhero Herald M.F. Jones attempts to take a night off from crime fighting to make time with the beautiful Belinda Goodall and attend an art exhibit and as his alter ego, Malik Fraser. But Jade City villain The Beef Cooka has other ideas and before long Jones is donning his green cape to save an innocent citizen.

The construction of an Islamic cultural center in one of Jade City’s least tolerant neighborhoods fuels hostility against the city’s Muslim community. Can superhero Herald MF Jones prevent anger from escalating into violence?

Malik Fraser, the alter ego of superhero Herald M.F. Jones, reveals romantic feelings for a well-read, sad-eyed beauty named Belinda Goodall. But when he discovers the dark secret behind the sadness in her green eyes, can he help her?

Heavy rains in Jade City ground superhero Herald M.F. Jones. During the downpour, he meets a new friend named Asphalt and meets up with an old friend from the Jade City Police Department expresses concern for his safety.

Even Jade City turns into a holly jolly place in the days leading up to Christmas. The Beef Cooka is quiet and Herald’s best friend, Supreme Intellect, is throwing the neighborhood’s hottest holiday party, but our superhero can’t bring himself to enjoy this time of year. Maybe a visit to his dear Aunt Margaret’s house will lift his spirits…

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