Episode 13: Batman #312 and Detective Comics #484

Welcome to the fourteenth 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out the guys look at two fantastic Batman tales!  First up is Batman #312, where the Dark Knight fights the multi-costumed Calendar Man.  This issue not only features some fantastic action and great writing but also the magnificent art of Walt Simonson.  Batman finally brings the fight to Maxie Zeus during the lead story of Detective Comics #484, which features equally magnificent art by Don Newton.  They also talk about the back-up Batman story from that issue which was…adequate.  House ads are also discussed, including one for Kryptonite, which made Andy laugh so hard milk shot out of his nose.

Okay, that didn’t really happen.  But he laughed really hard.

Next Time: The guys cover Batman #313 and Brave and the Bold #151!

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  1. Thanks for the kind words on this episode gents. Much appreciated!

    I bought that Batman issue right off the stands. I thought the Whirly-Bat was the coolest thing ever. I’ve always had a fondness for them ever since, even the old-timey versions that look like lounge chairs with copter blades!

    This story’s inclusion in The ORIGINAL Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told is a bit dubious, but I think Andy is right. They couldn’t do the Joker birthday story since it was in the Greatest Joker volume, but they wanted a Wein/Simonson story, so here you go. Simonson was still HUGE at the time, so it makes some sense in that regard.

    I’ve always wanted that issue of ‘Tec, recalling it from the house ads of the time. I’ve always kind of assumed Ross Andru also drew the Mego Magnetic Batman and Robin ad around this time. I coveted those figures for DECADES. My mom finally got me a set back in the 90s. They are a lot of fun, and the Batman headsculpt is quite prescient, looking a LOT like Ben Affleck’s Batman! Go look it up at megomuseum.com.

    Great show as always fellas!


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