Detective 500Episode 23: Detective Comics #500

Last time Tom Panarese and I talked about Batman #300.  It wasn’t great.  It wasn’t terrible but at the same time it wasn’t what I or my guest wanted it to be.  That isn’t the case with this episode.  In December of 1980 DC Comics published Detective Comics #500 and showed the comic book world that it knew how to celebrate an anniversary.  Joining me to talk about this mammoth book is Rob Kelly, webmaster and grand pooh bah of The Aquaman Shrine and co-host of the Fire and Water Podcast, Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, the Film and Water Podcast and the Power Records Podcast.  While there are several homes for all of those shows the most handy way of getting there is by clicking on this link.  Rob and I spend most of the episode talking about the Alan Brennert/Dick Giordano classic To Kill a Legend, one of the greatest Batman stories ever told.

No really.  It was in the first volume of The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told, a book Tom Panarese and I talked about in Episode 14 of this show.

After gushing about that story we take a quick look at the other tales in this book.  This includes a Slam Bradley story that features a bunch of other DC lawmen, a Hawkman story that ties into the origins of a founding member of the Justice League of America, two more Batman solo stories and a team-up with Deadman.  Some stories are better than others but when you have such creative heavyweights none of these tales could ever be thought of as bad.

Next Time: Alan Middleton stops by to talk about Batman: From the ’30s to the ’70s.

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