Jade City Pharaoh Season 2

The Jade City Pharaoh, Season II launched Saturday February 1, just before Snap Judgment. The series will air every Saturday for 10 weeks. The production stars Mike Wiley, is scored by The Apple Juice Kid, and is produced and directed by WUNC's Frank Stasio.

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:

Jade City Pharaoh
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Jade City Pharaoh
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In today's episode, Herald Jones is hoping to relax after busting a violent band of radical patriots. Alas, he will face once again the merciless cyborg Anvil Steel. This monstrous machine-man menace gets the Pharaoh's attention when he threatens our hero's friend Henry at Henry's Stop N' Go.

Jade City Pharaoh
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Last week, crime-fighting took a back seat to Herald's troubled love life. Now that he's revealed his secret identity to Belinda Goodall, the Pharaoh is back, and there's no time to lose. Right-wing terrorists, filling with Islamophobic hatred are threatening the security of Concrete Falls.

Jade City Pharaoh
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Things aren't going well between Malik Frasier and the woman he loves. Belinda Goodall has been stood up once too often. But she doesn't know that our humble bookstore clerk broke those dates on a hero's mission, playing his part as the Jade City Pharaoh. Malik's only hope is to reveal his secret identity, but will he do it, and can it save a failing romance?

Jade City Pharaoh
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As a crime fighter, Herald Jones knows not every moment of a heroes life is filled with adventure. Sometimes he has to run errands just like the rest of us -- except he can fly and we can't. But even a simple trip to the bank can turn to danger for the Jade City Pharaoh.

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In our last episode, you might remember, our hero chased The Beef Cooka and his driver to a fiery crash at a police roadblock. But somehow, the wily Beef Cooka escaped.

This week, the search for the sinister fiend must wait as the green-caped avenger, the Jade City Pharaoh,  embarks on a personal crusade to save his detective friend from destroying herself. It's a quest that threatens a budding romance.

The Beef 'Cooka' is one of the Jade Pharaoh's rivals
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We left our hero in the hospital, recovering from a brutal attack by his arch nemesis, The Beef Cooka. Though he survived, the Pharaoh fakes his death in hopes his enemy would get careless. For six months, he helped Detective Martina McCoy build a case. Now, the wait is over. It's time to take the fight to the very headquarters of The Beef Cooka.

The Jade City Pharaoh
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The Jade City Pharaoh
Luis Franco / http://francoproject.com/

Jade City Pharaoh was born of the imagination of playwright Howard Craft.  Originally constructed as a community play for the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern, the concept morphed into a comic book. The State of Things host Frank Stasio saw the stage production and has turned it into a radio drama.

The main character, Herald M.F. Jones, protects the metropolis of Jade City, an American city with a strong resemblance to Durham, North Carolina.  Born and raised in the African-American neighborhood of Concrete Falls, Jones is a mortal with some exceptional abilities.