OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – “OVERLOOKED” KNIGHT-CAST: THE JOKER’S 5 WAY REVENGE

“Overlooked” Knight-Cast: The Joker’s 5 Way Revenge

Welcome to a very special episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. Normally this a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This time out, Andy and Mike welcome Chris Franklin and Ryan Daly from the Batman: Knightcast podcast from The Fire and Water Podcasting Network to talk about a book that is the very opposite of overlooked.  As someone joked during the show, this is an extremely looked over Batman story.  The Joker’s 5 Way Revenge from Batman #251, written by Denny O’Neil with art by Neal Adams, is a story that redefined The Joker for the Bronze Age and has served as the template for future creators to work from in terms of telling stories about The Clown Prince of Crime.  The guys discuss the issue at length and take a few tangents to talk about other projects from Neal Adams, how part of this comic was used in Batman: The Animated Series, and more.

Be sure to check out the other part of this podcasting crossover, which you can find on Episode (insert number here) of Batman: Knightcast.  (Click on the link already!)

Below is a gallery of the cover and select pages from the book we 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.

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Next Time: The beginning of a brand new series on the show where Andy and Mike look at the Jim Starlin run of Batman!

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 269 – JLMAY 2020: COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS

Episode 269 – JLMAY 2020: Countdown to Infinite Crisis

Welcome to the kick off to JLMay 2020!

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year One, Justice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

Over the course of several hours, I, along with some guests, discuss the Countdown to Infinite Crisis 80 Page Giant that DC released to get the ball rolling.  What happens when a hero that has seen better days, the Blue Beetle, stumbles upon a mystery that could shake the heroes of the DC Universe to their core?  Why is Batman so paranoid and what is Brother I?  What’s going on with magic and why is Captain Marvel fighting the Spectre?  Why are the planets Rann and Thanagar at war?  And what does the espionage agency Checkmate have to do with Blue Beetle’s life being in danger?  Some of those questions are answered and some are merely hinted at over the course of this special, but one this is certain; the final fate of the Ted Kord Blue Beetle will be the shot heard around the universe.

Joining me for this special are some people I’ve been podcasting with for years and a bunch of people that I have listened to but never worked with.  Things start, as they often do on Views From The Longbox with The Irredeemable Shag (of The Fire and Water Podcast ) but they continue with Mike Staley (Silent Knight: The Cassandra Cain Podcast), Jon and Maggie Schaefer-Hames (Married With Comics), Clinton Robison (The Coffee and Comics Podcast), J David Weter (Dave’s Gambit Podcast), and then back to The Irredeemable Shag.  Shag and I break down the era this book was published during and then the rest of the crew and I tackle each chapter leading to Beetle’s last stand.  It’s a fun three hours.

Yes, this is three hours.  If that makes you go, “Wow, when am I going to have time to listen to all of this?”, fear not because the sections break down into smaller, more bite sized chunks of show.  You can listen to the whole thing at once, or listen to a section, live your life, and then come back to it.  The choice, as ever, is yours.

Below are the cover and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

The fun of JLMay 2020 is only just beginning!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

Next Time: An episode I’ve had on the editing block for awhile, but haven’t gotten to because…reasons.  Paul Spataro joins me for a Fireside Chat to talk about the Bring on the Bad Guys trade paperback.

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 16 – SUPERMAN AND SHAZAM: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!

Episode 16 – Superman & Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice!

This time out I have something of a prologue to this year’s JLMay, the annual tradition where a bunch of podcasters team up to talk about a particular comic series or event, usually involving the Justice League.  This year the subject is Countdown to Infinite Crisis, and the storyline discussed during the course of this episode may seem like a simple team-up/slugfest between Superman and Captain Marvel, it actually sets up a key component to the Day of Vengeance mini-series.  Because this three part story line (that took place over Action Comics #826, Adventures of Superman #639, and Superman #216) features the artist formerly known as Captain Marvel, I just had to have J David Weter (host of many podcasts over on the Two True Freaks Podcasting Network) back on the show.

And a good time was had by all.  Well, both of us.  And my dog Gracie, who makes a special appearance at the end of the episode.

Lighting Strikes Twice is a fast paced, action packed story that was written by Judd Winick, with art by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund.  The plot is pretty simple; Eclipso wants to take over Superman and Captain Marvel takes exception to this.  Along the way we are treated to epic shots of both Captain Marvel and Superman, lots of punching, some creepy bits with Eclipso, and a major plot point right there at the end.  There is also a bit with how Lois is drawn that leads to a rant that you will hear more than once during the next few episodes.

Be sure to stick around after the end music for the trailer to this year’s JLMay crossover!

Below are the covers and few select pages from the issues discussed during this episode.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: The first part of It All Comes Back To Superman’s end of JLMay 2020!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – BEST OF THE BEST: DETECTIVE COMICS EDITION

Overlooked Dark Knight Special – Best of the Best: Detective Comics Edition

Welcome to a very special episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. Normally this a non-index index show where the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Andy and Mike are celebrating Batman’s 80th Birthday for the next year.  It’s going to be fun.  They are doing this by covering stories outside of their normal mandate.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This episode is the height of fanboy entitlement.  Last year, DC Comics published Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman Deluxe Edition hardcover that was designed to celebrate Detective Comics as a title and Batman as a character.  Andy and Mike were not as impressed with that one as they were with the Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition.  So, the guys each made a list of the Detective Comics stories they thought should have been in such a book, they talked about those lists, and then they designed the book they would have liked to see.  Some of their choices were obvious.  Some not as obvious.

Below is a gallery of covers from the stories Andy and Mike settled on.

And…if you’ve made it this far…here is the complete list and total page count.  Yeah, this kind of ruins the surprise, but frankly, Mike thinks if you’ve bothered to actually write these show notes that you deserve the treat.

Detective Comics #38 – “Robin The Boy Wonder” (12 pages)
Detective Comics #49 – “Clayface Walks Again” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #64 – “The Joker Walks The Last Mile” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #66 – “The Crimes of Two-Face” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #235 – “The First Batman” (10 pages)
Detective Comics #359 – “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #395 – “The Secret of the Waiting Graves” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #439 – “Night of the Stalker” (14 pages)
Detective Comics #481 – “Ticket To Tragedy” (17 pages)
Detective Comics #549 – “Doctor Harvey and Mister Bullock” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #574 – “My Beginning…And My Probable End” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #614 – “Street Demonz” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #648 – “Let The Puzzlement Fit The Crime” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #756 – “Lord of the Ring Part 2” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #831 – “Kind of Like Family” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #858 – “Go Part 1” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #859 – “Go Part 2” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #934 – “Rise of the Batmen Part 1: The Young and The Brave” (20 pages)

Plus 18 pages for one page introductions to each issues and 4 pages for an introduction and an afterword.

Total Page Count Minus Title and Copyright Pages = 332 Pages

Next Time: A special crossover episode with another Batman Podcast!

FCTC EPISODE 232: TRIAL OF SUPERMAN PART 4

Episode 232: Trial of Superman Part 4

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-second 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 continue their look at The Trial of Superman and even include some Underworld Unleashed action as well!

First up is Superman #107, where Superman tries to get medical help for Mope after his injuries in the previous episode and runs afoul of a character named Tolos.  (Fun fact; Tolos will become really important in the middle of cover date 1996.)  Also, the Cyborg Superman gets in on the action and takes on Team Superman, who are careening through space on an asteroid that Steel made rocket powered with the parts of Superboy’s space cycle.  Then, in Adventures of Superman #530, Superman and Mope head to a planet where the plot spins its wheels for part of the issue.  Meanwhile, on Earth, the Metropolis SCU takes on an Underworld Unleashed Hellgrammite.  Finally, in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #3, we get the back story on how Lex Luthor went from being weak and on the threshold of death to the handsome, rugged, and still bald specimen he has been since the first issue of Man of Tomorrow.

Warning; Jeff’s final thought leads to a discussion on an announcement that had just happened when this was recorded in the fall of 2019.  This discussion has opinions that some might find objectionable.  There’s nothing personal against anyone in particular.  So…yeah.

Below is a gallery of covers and select pages from the books the boys discuss in the episode.

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: The boys wrap up Cover Date 1995 with the FINAL Supplemental Episode!  Books covered will be Superboy #22, Steel #22, Underworld Unleashed issues 2 and 3, and Showcase ’95 #12.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 38 – LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT: GRIMM

Episode 38 – Legends of the Dark Knight: Grimm

Welcome to the thirty-eighth 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.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Andy and Mike are celebrating Batman’s 80th Birthday for the next year.  It’s going to be fun.  They are doing this by covering stories outside of their normal mandate.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This time out Andy and Mike are looking at another story arc from the sometimes awesome, sometimes problematic Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight series.  Grimm (a five part arc that stretched over Legends of the Dark Knight issues 149-153) was written by J.M. DeMatteis with art by Trevor Von Eden and Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (Praise Be His Name) and is wonderfully wacky story that takes place in the first year of Dick Grayson’s career as Robin.  The guys look at all five issues and discuss the villains, DeMatteis’ writing style, the art, and much, much more.  They may have talked longer, but Andy had to drive his wife to work.

Because he’s a good husband.

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.

Next Time: A special episode where Andy and Mike choose the stories they would have put in a Best of Batman in Detective Comics collection.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 37: BLADES

Episode 37: Blades

Welcome to the thirty-seventh 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.  In one episode they will talk about Bat books from the late seventies and early eighties.  In another episode they will talk about the animated Adventures titles that DC published in the nineties.  Sometimes they talk about whatever strikes their fancy.

Andy and Mike are celebrating Batman’s 80th Birthday for the next year.  It’s going to be fun.  They are doing this by covering stories outside of their normal mandate.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This time out Andy and Mike talk about the three part story line Blades, which originally appeared in issues 32-34 of Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight.  They start the episode with a lengthy, but fun conversation about the history and the significance of Legends of the Dark Knight as a series.  What was good, what was bad, and why the series was special.  Then they get into the James Robinson/Tim Sale story Blades, which is a tragically romantic (or is it romantically tragic) new take on the Cavalier as a character.  It features moody art, moody writing, and was a story that Andy and Mike had very few bad things to say about.

There’s also a short tangent about Highlander, where Mike makes the same mistake three times.

Below are the covers and select pages from the stories 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.

Next Time: Another Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight story arc.  Andy and Mike take a look at the five part story Grimm.

FCTC EPISODE 231: TRIAL OF SUPERMAN PART 3

Episode 231: Trial of Superman Part 3

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirty-first 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 get back to The Trial of Superman with chapters that feature intrigue, betrayal, and space pirates.

Seriously.  Space pirates.

The action (pun intended) begins in Action Comics #716 as Superman and his fellow escapees find refuge on Haven, but things go bad in a hurry when one of the crew turns on the other.  Lots of fighting follows, but eventually they escape and faced with…a space angel?  All is revealed in Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #51, where the angel turns out to be part of a space pirate ship.  Turns out the captain, Freelance, is trying to collect the bounty on Superman and swashbuckling and sword fighting follow.  Also included, at no extra charge, is a discussion about the weight of comics relative to the era the book was published, Mike selling his books, and a reoccurring injury Mike gets on his side, which hurts quite a bit.  Jeff also throws Mike a curveball and instead of the usual Final Thought, Jeff asked Mike about his then recent adventures at DragonCon.

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

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: The boys continue their look at The Trial of Superman with Superman #107, Adventures of Superman #530, and Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #3.

FCTC EPISODE 230: LOIS AND CLARK SEASON 3 PART 1

Episode 230: Lois and Clark Season 3 Part 1

Welcome to the two hundredth and thirtieth 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 begin their look at the third season of Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  For those coming in late, Clark got down on bended knee during the final moments of the season two finale and the episode ended on a freeze frame.  Things pick up from there (sort of) in the opening moments of We Have A Lot to Talk About.  It turns out that Lois has figured out that Clark is Superman and suddenly their relationship status has changed to “complicated”.  Meanwhile Bill Church, head of Intergang, is back with a brand-new outlook on life and a security force that is protecting Metropolis.  He also has a new love, Mindy, who doesn’t like what Bill is doing and teams with his son to take the old man out.  Then, in Ordinary People, Lois finds herself in the crosshairs of Larry Flint/Hugh Hefner wannabe Spencer Spencer, who has taken exception to an article Lois wrote.  Spencer also has a degenerative disease that he is trying to “cure” by transplanting his head on the body of Superman.  These two storylines converge as Lois and Clark take a vacation, arranged by Spencer, and spend some time discussing their relationship.

Content warning; Mike has serious problems with aspects of both Ordinary People and the direction season three takes.

Next Time: The boys continue their look at The Trial of Superman with Action Comics #716 and Superman: The Man of Steel #51.

BAILEY’S BATMAN PODCAST EPISODE 28: BATMAN YEAR ONE PART 2

Episode 28: Batman Year One Part 2

The epic conversation about Batman: Year One concludes in fine style.  Or at least I think it does.  I’m a bit biased because it’s my show and I was part of said conversation.

Anyway, Donovan Morgan Grant, Michael Kaiser, and I talk about the final two chapters of Year One (which took place in Batman issues 406 and 407), which features some awesome scenes and a decent ending.  We also go on quite a few Batman related tangents, including a conversation about which actor was the best animated Batman, we talk about whether or not Gordon should have gotten remarried, there’s some Barbara Gordon talk, and Donovan also reads a letter that was printed in the comics in reaction to the first part of Year One that is pretty salty.  This leads into a larger conversation about how fans react to change, which took up a fair amount of real estate, but it made for some good audio.

Below is a gallery of images and covers from the comics we talked about during this episode.

And here are some other images, including sketches and covers of the collected editions of Batman: Year One.

A huge thank you to Donovan and Michael for doing this.  Donovan can be found on the Questions: We Don’t Have Answers podcast and Michael can be found on the Make Ours Marvel podcast.

Next Time: Probably a DragonCon panel.  I have a few saved up.