“Overlooked” Knight-Cast: The Joker’s 5 Way Revenge

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.

Not that they have a mandate.  But they do.  It’s complicated.

This time out, Andy and Mike welcome Chris Franklin and Ryan Daly from the Batman: Knightcast podcast from The Fire and Water Podcasting Network to talk about a book that is the very opposite of overlooked.  As someone joked during the show, this is an extremely looked over Batman story.  The Joker’s 5 Way Revenge from Batman #251, written by Denny O’Neil with art by Neal Adams, is a story that redefined The Joker for the Bronze Age and has served as the template for future creators to work from in terms of telling stories about The Clown Prince of Crime.  The guys discuss the issue at length and take a few tangents to talk about other projects from Neal Adams, how part of this comic was used in Batman: The Animated Series, and more.

Be sure to check out the other part of this podcasting crossover, which you can find on Episode (insert number here) of Batman: Knightcast.  (Click on the link already!)

Below is a gallery of the cover and select pages from the book we discussed in this episode.

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Next Time: The beginning of a brand new series on the show where Andy and Mike look at the Jim Starlin run of Batman!


  1. Okay, if Chris is Clark Griswold, and Ryan is Fletch, which Chevy Chase movie characters would Mike and Andy be?

  2. Hey guys, I just got around to listening to this. I am having a hard time catching up on my pod-listening as there is soo much good material out there these days. On the book, I read this originally in a Blue Ribbon digest, which made the art look that much more detailed. I had never seen Adams work before and I was hooked. The thing that stuck with me in the story was how Batman was beaten all around by the Joker. Except for saving the one guy at the end, all the others were killed. A similar story unfolds in the “Ten Nights of the Beast”, which is another story that gets a lot of fan praise, but Batman really only saved Ronald Reagan and one other while the Beast kills over a hundred people. Back to the Joker though, this was the story that pretty much had me turn my back on Batman 66 and even the Superfriends Batman. This is where gritty started for me.
    I always lamented that Adams stepped away from the big two during my active years in collecting and actively reading comics, but c’est la vie.

    Please keep recording, I will keep listening.

    Brian Hughes
    3rd Degree Byrne (and yes, I don’t just read Byrne).

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