For a brief period during World War Two, Fawcett Comics’ aviator anti-espionage hero, Spy Smasher, enjoyed tremendous popularity, rivaling that of the publisher’s flagship character, Captain Marvel. So it was only natural that Spy Smasher was the second Fawcett good guy to get his own movie serial.
Produced by Republic Pictures, directed by William Witney and starring the heroic-looking Kane Richmond, Spy Smasher, which went into release on April 4, 1942, was a box office smash. This did not go unnoticed by Republic’s chapterplay rival, Columbia, who immediately started work on their own axis-battling super hero, The Black Commando. The Commando made his screen debut in the 15 chapter serial, The Secret Code. It premiered on September 4, 1942, a scant five months after Spy Smasher’s opening.
And from the folks at serial bowl, here's The Secret Code's trailer:
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