OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – BEST OF THE BEST: DETECTIVE COMICS EDITION

Overlooked Dark Knight Special – Best of the Best: Detective Comics Edition

Welcome to a very special episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight. Normally this 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 episode is the height of fanboy entitlement.  Last year, DC Comics published Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman Deluxe Edition hardcover that was designed to celebrate Detective Comics as a title and Batman as a character.  Andy and Mike were not as impressed with that one as they were with the Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition.  So, the guys each made a list of the Detective Comics stories they thought should have been in such a book, they talked about those lists, and then they designed the book they would have liked to see.  Some of their choices were obvious.  Some not as obvious.

Below is a gallery of covers from the stories Andy and Mike settled on.

And…if you’ve made it this far…here is the complete list and total page count.  Yeah, this kind of ruins the surprise, but frankly, Mike thinks if you’ve bothered to actually write these show notes that you deserve the treat.

Detective Comics #38 – “Robin The Boy Wonder” (12 pages)
Detective Comics #49 – “Clayface Walks Again” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #64 – “The Joker Walks The Last Mile” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #66 – “The Crimes of Two-Face” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #235 – “The First Batman” (10 pages)
Detective Comics #359 – “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #395 – “The Secret of the Waiting Graves” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #439 – “Night of the Stalker” (14 pages)
Detective Comics #481 – “Ticket To Tragedy” (17 pages)
Detective Comics #549 – “Doctor Harvey and Mister Bullock” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #574 – “My Beginning…And My Probable End” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #614 – “Street Demonz” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #648 – “Let The Puzzlement Fit The Crime” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #756 – “Lord of the Ring Part 2” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #831 – “Kind of Like Family” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #858 – “Go Part 1” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #859 – “Go Part 2” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #934 – “Rise of the Batmen Part 1: The Young and The Brave” (20 pages)

Plus 18 pages for one page introductions to each issues and 4 pages for an introduction and an afterword.

Total Page Count Minus Title and Copyright Pages = 332 Pages

Next Time: A special crossover episode with another Batman Podcast!

2 thoughts on “OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – BEST OF THE BEST: DETECTIVE COMICS EDITION”

  1. Great episode, gents! I loved hearing your selections and your reasons for choosing them.

    I wouldn’t argue against any of your choices, but space permitted I would argue for one of the last issues of DETECTIVE before the New 52. Issues #871 to #881: this is Scott Snyder’s first go at the Dark Knight (even though it’s Dick Grayson under the cowl in this era) with art on the books by either Jock or Francesco Francavilla depending on the issue. Off hand, I can’t remember which issues (if any) were have been done-in-ones, but given Snyder’s long tenure with the Batman in the 21st century, it feels appropriate to have him represented.

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