Episode 29: Second Verse Same As The First

Welcome to the twenty-ninth 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.

This time out Andy and Mike talk about a returning villain as well as a fun, but slightly flawed team-up with Wonder Woman.  In Batman #319, The Gentlemen Ghost returns to bedevil the Caped Crusader.  The guys also talk about the hints of a story to come and reference a song from the sixties that is a bit of an ear worm.  Then, in Brave and the Bold #158, Batman and Wonder Woman battle a French villain named Deja Vu.

Seriously.  That’s the villain’s name.  The story itself is quite good but at the same time…it’s a French villain…named Deja Vu.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

During the course of the episode, Mike mentioned a video over at Retroblasting where Michael French breaks down the various Super Friends home media releases.  Check that out below.

Mike also mentioned an episode of Dreamland: The Retroblasing Podcast that he appeared on to discuss Bill Finger and his place in Batman’s history.  You can find that episode by clicking on this link.

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Next Time: Andy and Mike talk about more animated Batman comics!

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  1. Great show fellas!

    This issue of Batman was my introduction to The Gentleman Ghost in the comics, after having met him on the Super Friends. I covered aspects of that episode, and this comic, over on the first episode of FW Presents: Those Wonderful Toys >PLUG!DOUBLE PLUG!!<

    I love me some Gentleman Ghost, but to me, the "is he, isn't he?" schtick wasn't the interesting part about the character. He's an escapee from the Haunted Mansion, people, other than being a vengeful, evil spirit of a dead, notorious highwayman…why does he need a hook?!? Of course ol' Gentleman Jim is eventually revealed to be an honest-to-goodness ghost, so all this gadgetry is moot and just him trying to act like a guy…acting…like…a ghost…okay that makes no sense.

    As for Wayne Manor, when Bruce and Alfred first moved to the city, there was lip-service paid to it being in the Wayne Foundation building, but the building with the big tree in the middle, and the distinctive penthouse up top we would come to know and love in the late 70s wasn't designed yet. Also, Batman didn't get a second Batcave under the Foundation building until well into the decade, so he really was "streamlining" things for a good 6 or so years. Batman would even occasionally go back to Batcave 1.0 when he needed its equipment, as seen in the first Ra's Al Ghul story.

    I don't have that issue of B&B, but I will definitely pick it up when I see it. It's always fun to see Aparo draw Superman and Wonder Woman, and daydream about what a JLA run by him would have been like. Oh, and as someone who lives the naughty librarian fantasy on a daily basis, I appreciate Mike's comments on Diana's look at story's end. 😉


  2. Thomas Deja says:

    I have no connection to Deja Vu.

    That’s my statement and I’m sticking to it.

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