OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 56: SUPERMAN AND BATMAN GENERATIONS PART 1

Episode 56: Superman & Batman Generations Part 1

Welcome to the fifty-sixth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.

This time out Andy and Mike begin a four part series that will look at two Elseworlds series featuring the World’s Finest team.  In 1998, DC began publishing Superman & Batman: Generations, a four issue prestige format series that spanned the decades and asked the question, “What if Superman and Batman appeared for the first time in the late thirties and then aged in real time?” Written and drawn by John Byrne, this series not only paid homage to the eras the individual stories took place in but also paid homage to the legacy of Superman and Batman.

For this installment the guys go through the first two issues, which have four stories that take place in 1939, 1949, 1959, and 1969.  From the gritty golden age stories where the two heroes didn’t take crap from anyone to a team-up between the Joker and Lex Luthor to a whimsical tale featuring Bat-Mite and Mister Mxyzptlk to a heartbreaking tale where Robin dies and Batman lives again.  There are also some fun tangents, including one about the Tyler Hoechlin Superman and some singing towards the end.

Below is a gallery of the covers and select pages from the comics discussed during this episode.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

The beginning and ending theme to the show is “The Descent” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the Apple Podcast link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next Time: Andy and Mike finish their look at the classic Elseworlds series Superman and Batman: Generations!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 55: UNDER THE HOOD FINALE – UNDER THE RED HOOD COMMENTARY

Episode 55: Under The Hood Finale – Under The Red Hood Commentary

Welcome to the fifty-fifth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.

This time out Andy and Mike close out their Batman: Under The Hood coverage by yakking over the Batman: Under The Red Hood animated film. What did they think of Judd Winick’s second stab at the story? What did they like? What did they think of the voice cast? Did it work better as a film than as a comic book story? These questions get answered along with other observations, bad jokes, and slight tangents.

The commentary starts as soon as the episode starts, so if you want to synch up with the movie, start the episode when the movie begins.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the Apple Podcast link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next Time: Andy and Mike begin their look at the classic Elseworlds series Superman and Batman: Generations!

VIEWS ON…A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE

Episode 4: A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Welcome back to Views On…, the most irregular show here on the Fotress.  This time out I took advantage of spooky season and asked Beth VanDusen (who is part of the Needless Things Podcast and one of the co-hosts of the Execute Chapter 66 podcast) to join me to talk about a horror movie that doesn’t get a whole lot of love.  In fact, it gets hardly any love at all.  In fact, it is usually listed as the worst of the franchise.  I’m talking, of course, about A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge.

Beth and I recently re-watched this movie and also watched the documentary Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street and had a new appreciation for a movie that I never thought was as bad as people said it was.  We talk about our histories with Freddy, how we first saw this movie, and then our thoughts on the movie both as a horror film and as part of the Nightmare franchise.  Beth and I also discuss the supposed sub-text of the movie and how we were both baffled that one of the creative people involved with the film did not see what was plainly in front of his face.

I’d like to once again thank Beth for coming on to talk about this movie.  It was a lot of fun and the show turned out as good as it did because of her.

The opening and closing music from this episode was “This House” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com), Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Views On… is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.  You can email the show by clicking this link with all questions, concerns, fears, and trepidations.  Also, if you could leave a review over on Apple Podcasts, that would be keen.

Next Time: No clue.  As usual, the next episode has not been recorded yet, but this is an irregular show, so it will return at some point.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 258: SEPTEMBER 1996 PART 1

Episode 258: September 1996 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-eighth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

This time out Mike and Jeff return to their regular programming by kicking off their examination of the September 1996 cover dated books.  First up is Superman #115, where Lois makes a fateful decision about her future and tells her parents about the break-up with Clark.  Lucy Lane also introduces her new boyfriend to the family before Lois leaves on a jet plane.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #538, Superman has to contend with a broken heart and a new villain named Obsession who is…obsessed with the Man of Steel.  Jimmy is also a serious jerk through this whole issue.  The boys wrap up the episode by asking, “Hey, Wha’ Happened?” in the real world when these books were on the stands.

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

And here are three panels from Superman #115 and Man of Steel (1986) #2 to show the homages Ron Frenz was doing during this issue.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian Desar.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff finish their coverage of the cover date September 1996 books by discussing Action Comics #725, Superman: The Man of Steel #60, and the Superman family books that came out that month.

FROM CRISIS TO CRISIS EPISODE 257: KINGDOM COME EPILOGUE

Episode 257: Kingdom Come Epilogue

Welcome to the two hundredth and fifty-seventh episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

Mike and Jeff conclude their coverage of Kingdom Come (finally) with an episode jam packed with all kinds of Kingdom Come extras.  At the top of the episode, the boys interview writer Elliot S! Maggin.  Elliot is one of the preeminent Superman writers, not only of the Bronze Age but of all time.  He has written the Man of Steel in the comics and in prose and it’s the prose side of things that Mike and Jeff wanted to talk to him about because Elliot wrote the novel version of Kingdom Come.  The boys ask Elliot about the process of writing the book, his thoughts about the story of Kingdom Come, his thoughts about Superman as a character, and also about his Superman work from before the mandate of this show.

After that Mike and Jeff dig into the collected editions and merchandise associated with Kingdom Come.  This includes the various hardcovers, absolutes, and softcover collections, the trading card set, the action figures, and the audio drama.  There are several digressions along the way comparing the merchandise from this series to the merchandise that came out with other big time comic book events.  Then, after the credits, more with Elliot S! Maggin!

Below are the covers and select pages from the two main books Mike and Jeff discussed during this episode.

Here are the links to the Kingdom Come related episodes of Views From The Longbox and Dorkness to Light that Mike recorded with Professor Alan and Em Middleton back in 2016.

And here is a link to the various Elliot S! Maggin written books that you can buy.  Mike particularly recommends Superman: Last Son and Superman: Miracle Monday.

Finally, here is a piece that Mike got from artist and podcaster Jarrod Alberich of the Kingdom Come Superman.  Check out Jarrod’s podcasting efforts at The Longbox Crusade and his art site is his site The Yard Sale Artist.

Shows Promoted In This Episode

The From Crisis to Crisis theme is by Lucian Desar.

You can subscribe or listen to the show in a variety of ways. First there is the RSS Feed and then there is the Apple Podcasts link.  You can also find the show on Spotify and the Google Play Store.  Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.  You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: Mike and Jeff kick off their coverage of the cover date September 1996 books by discussing Superman #115 and Adventures of Superman #538.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 54: UNDER THE HOOD PART 4

Episode 54: Under The Hood Part 4

Welcome to the fifty-fourth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. The is a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.

This time out Andy and Mike continue their series of episodes where they talk about the Batman: Under The Hood trade paperback.  And this time out they actually finish the darn thing and boy do things go pear shaped right there at the end.  Batman #649 and 650 were fine, though the guys had issues about how closely the story was tied to the then lead up to Infinite Crisis.  Then they talk about Batman Annual #25 and if you listen closely you can hear the moment where Andy loses all hope in humanity (generally) and this story (specifically).

He has some thoughts.

Mike did too, but Andy was more passionate about his.

Then they swerve right there at the end and cover some listener feedback.  That wasn’t the original intention for the episode, but things happened in post production and everything worked out.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics discussed in this episode…

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the Apple Podcast link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

The beginning and ending theme to the show is “Malicious” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

Next Time: A special Batman: Under The Red Hood movie commentary!

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 26: DRAGONCON 2021 ROUND UP OR OH THE THINGS WE DID

Episode 26: DragonCon 2021 Round Up or Oh The Things We Did

The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) are back with a brand new episode where they talk about DragonCon!  DragonCon 2021 to be precise and the Crew has a fun time recounting the more Superman centric adventures they had while attending a convention that can be best described as Geek Mardi Gras.

Bethany and Alison talk about their experiences getting their pictures taken with Tyler Hoechlin and then talking with him on the Walk of Fame.  One of those conversations nearly ended in Bethany having to “throw hands” with other people in line.  Michael talks about how he chickened out of meeting Tyler but made up for that with his adventures moderating the three Smallville celebrity panels that went down during con.  Then they talk about the various fan panels they were part of.  Oddly enough, the three members of the Crew were not on a panel together, but that didn’t stop them from discussing the Man of Steel and Lois and the boys seperately.

The Crew also got their picture taken together for the first time and their good friend Michael Faulkner even added some effects for them.

And here is the video from that Battle of the Media Supermen panel.  Thanks to Rebecca Johnson of Supergirl Radio for filming that.

Finally, the Crew goes through the very limited amount of feedback they have received for the previous episode!

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: No clue.  But it should be fun.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 25: DRAGONCON 2021 PREVIEW OR WHAT WE’RE DOING AT CON

Episode 25: DragonCon 2021 Preview or What We’re Doing At Con

The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) are together again to talk about…well, they aren’t talking about Superman and Lois because the first season is over.  Instead, The Crew talks about DragonCon, which is a massive five day convention that takes place in Atlanta over Labor Day Weekend.  Everyone gives their DragonCon origin story, explains what DragonCon is, and then talk about what panels/workshops they will be running/moderating/participating in.

Here’s the meme The Crew joked about towards the end of the episode.

At one point, Michael mentions a Batman panel from 2014.  Here are the pictures he remembered to post.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: Possibly a recorded at DragonCon episode.

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 24: LAST SONS OF KRYPTON OR MIKE’S NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING

Episode 24: Last Sons of Krypton or Mike’s Not Crying, You’re Crying

The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) are back to talk about the last episode of the first season of the CW series Superman and Lois.  Lasts Sons of Krypton was an action packed and emotional finale to the season and The Crew unpacks the episode by talking about how long it should take for a Kryptonian to be fully charged under a yellow sun, who had the best redemption arc, why the denouement worked so well, the moment Mike feared the show was going to do something that just about every other version of Superman has done in the past few years, why all of the actors that have played Superman for the past forty years all look alike, and more!

Bethany discusses who had The Most Punchable Face and The Crew teases what they are going to be talking about in the next episode.

Hint…it’s DragonCon.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The Crew discuss DragonCon 2021!

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES EPISODE 23: THE ERADICATOR OR APPARENTLY HE CAN TOUCH THIS

Episode 23: The Eradicator or Apparently He Can Touch This

The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) are reunited and it feels so good.  This time out they are discussing the penultimate season one episode of Superman and Lois, which was titled The Eradicator.  Bethany discusses the amount of screaming that happened while watching the episode and how it had a similar feel to another show.  Alison discusses the things she appreciates about Tyler Hoechlin’s take on Superman.  Michael actually has some nice things to say about Sam Lane, who did a lot right in this episode.

There isn’t any Professor Bailey’s Superman 101 lesson, but Bethany does reveal who had The Most Punchable Face.

It’s not John Henry.

There are also many references to late eighties hip hop.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at [email protected].  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The Crew discuss the Superman and Lois Season 1 Finale!