Playwright Howard Craft originally conceived Jade City Pharaoh as a play for the Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern. The concept morphed into a comic book. Frank Stasio, host of WUNC’s The State of Things, was in the audience and was inspired to turn it into a radio show.
The storyline follows the main character, Herald M.F. Jones, as he 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.