Murania history

Jim Sheldon

Looked up Murania on Google - - found this:



From the "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" WIKI,

Murania is an advanced subterranean empire and outpost of the massive underground land Atvatabar, which is located 25,000’ beneath the U.S. state of New Mexico. Coincidentally a ranch was built above Murania, belonging to early 20th-century gunfighter and balladeer Gene Autry.

The inhabitants of this subterranean empire were descendants from the sunken continent of Mu that had become so used to their underground environment that they could no longer breath normal air, having to rely on oxygen masks to survive on the surface. The Muranian Empire is quite advanced, complete with towering buildings, robots, ray-guns, and elevator tubes that extend miles from the surface. The realm also contains a massive amount of radium deposits.
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Murania is based from the film The Phantom Empire (1934), which starred Gene Autry as himself. 


And the reason to call the kit "Murania" would be...(clarification here, please).

Very interesting thread, BTW.

Oscar W4OED
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Paul Smith

I would think the name comes from listening to the radio program on a transistor radio. Like I had as a kid.

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And the reason to call the kit "Murania" would be...(clarification 
here, please).

Very interesting thread, BTW.

Oscar W4OED
Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Of course I did a Google search as well, but found nothing that links the name "Murania" to radio.  Hence my original question in the now-hijacked "Murania name" thread. 

Paul could be right. I just don't know, so I'm hoping NM0S will chime in here.  One of my radios is intended to be a conversation piece.  It's mildly embarrassing not to be able to explain the name.

Jerry AA6KI


I did some more searching and found a connection to radio:

The name "Murania" apparently has to do with Gene Autry's Radio Ranch, as
depicted in "The Phantom Empire", a film from 1935.

The empire was underground, and it was called Murania.

Copy below is from Wikipedia (minus the footnotes and edited for brevity):

The Phantom Empire

The Phantom Empire is a 1935 American Western serial film directed
by Otto Brower and B. Reeves Eason and starring Gene Autry, Frankie
Darro, and Betsy King Ross. This 12-chapter Mascot Pictures serial
combined the western, musical, and science fiction genres. The
first episode is 30 minutes, the rest about 20 minutes. The serial
film is about a singing cowboy who stumbles upon an ancient
subterranean civilization living beneath his own ranch that becomes
corrupted by unscrupulous greedy speculators from the surface. In
1940, a 70-minute feature film edited from the serial was released
under the titles Radio Ranch or Men with Steel Faces. This was Gene
Autry's first starring role, playing himself as a singing cowboy.


Gene Autry (Gene Autry) is a singing cowboy who runs Radio Ranch, a
dude ranch from which he makes a daily live radio broadcast at 2:00
pm. Gene has two kid sidekicks, Frankie Baxter (Frankie Darro) and
Betsy Baxter (Betsy King Ross), who lead a club, the Junior Thunder
Riders, in which the kids play at being armored knights of an
unknown civilization, the mysterious Thunder Riders who make a
sound like thunder when they ride. The kids, dressing up in capes
and water-bucket helmets, play at riding "To the rescue!" (their

A chance to become real heroes occurs when Betsy, Frankie, and Gene
are kidnapped by the real Thunder Riders from the super-scientific
underground empire of Murania, complete with towering buildings,
robots, ray-guns, advanced television, elevator tubes that extend
miles from the surface, and the icy, blonde, evil Queen Tika.

Jerry AA6KI