Episode 33: Overlooked Dark Knight Celebrates Batman’s 80th Birthday – Batman Year 3 Part 1

Welcome to the thirty-third 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.

Anyway, the guys are celebrating the Caped Crusader’s birthday by talking about stories they really want to talk about, and this time out they are starting a two episode series about Batman Year 3.  First published in 1989, this four issue story arc retold the origin of Robin, specifically the Dick Grayson version of the character.  It’s different than the previous two Year (Insert Number Here) because it is a mix of the then current continuity and flashbacks to Batman’s…third year.  It’s right there in the title.  In the first two chapters (which took place in Batman #436 and 437) we learn about how Dick Grayson’s parents were killed.  We also learn about the background of Tony Zucco, the man responsible for the death of the Graysons.  We also see how Batman is going over the edge, but somehow manages not to throws cars at people like in a certain movie that came out a few years ago.

Here are a handful of images from the comics discussed during this episode.

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Next Time: The conclusion of Batman Year 3!

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