Welcome to the thirty-sixth 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 is extremely patient with Michael buffoonery. See, Andy doesn’t overly care for the Batman comics published in the fifties and early sixties. He doesn’t judge those that do like those books, but they’re not his favorite and, to be fair, Michael isn’t the biggest fan of them either. But Michael is nothing if not nostalgic and the first Batman comics he ever read (as he is wont to tell anyone that will listen) were in the hardcover collection Batman: From The 30’s To The 70’s and the middle of that books contains stories featuring the Batwoman and Bat-Girl of the fifties and early sixties. So, Mike wanted to talk about them and Andy is a nice guy, so here they are.
The first story they discuss is from Detective Comics #233, which featured the first appearance of the Kathy Kane Batwoman! Listen to Mike and Andy talk about why Kathy became Batwoman as well as a lengthy discussion on how sexist Batman is through the entire story. They follow this up with a story from Batman #139, which features the first appearance of Bat-Girl, who is Kathy’s niece and this time Kathy gets in on the condescending act. Both stories are a lot of fun and the guys had a ball talking about them.
Below are the covers and selected pages from the comics discussed this episode.
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