The Swing Shift Shuffle is a radio program of swing, big band, jazz, boogie woogie and other popular music from the 1930's and 40's that airs every Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (US Central Time) on WEVL 89.9 FM in Memphis, Tennessee, with a live webcast at In addition to the radio show, this blog is dedicated to all aspects of the Swing Era, including art, automobiles, cartoons, comics, history, movies, music, news, science, technology, and anything else that happened during that time. It also includes announcements about events in the Memphis/Mid-South area related to the Swing Era, such as classic movies, concerts, dances, lectures, etc. If you see something that fits the description, send it to me at If you would like more information about the radio show, just go to the Radio Show FAQ page.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Rex Dexter Returns . . . To Earth!

Rex Dexter of Mars returns!  I posted a Rex Dexter story back in July 2012, and today I came across what is essentially his origin story, posted on Pappy's Golden Age Comics Blogzine.  It seems that Rex' great grandfather, his wife and a few other scientists were so fed up with strife and war on Earth in 1939 that they left the planet to start a new life on Mars.  Blasting off from the 1939 World's Fair (where else?), the Dexters settled on Mars.  Great Granddad had a plan, however, and he left instructions for his descedents to return to Earth in the year 2040 to report on the progress of the Mars experiment.  Rex and his girlfriend faithfully carry out their predecessor's orders to find a modern Utopia on Earth, where everyone works only because they want to, machines do the "menial labor," and city buses are free!  We better hurry up, we only have about 26 years to get there. 

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