EPISODE 9: BATMAN #309 AND BRAVE AND THE BOLD #148

Episode 9: Batman #309 and Brave and the Bold #148

Welcome to the 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out it’s Christmas in September as the guys tackle two holiday themed issues.  In Batman #309 we get the answer to the age old question; what would it have been like if the Adam West Batman had met the Lou Ferrigno Hulk.  Actually this is a rather sensitive story that deals with depression, mental illness and suicide against the backdrop of Christmas.  Blockbuster is the antagonist but Andy and Mike wouldn’t necessarily call him the villain.  Then in Brave and the Bold #148 the Dark Knight teams up with Plastic Man in a story that makes very little sense but is so much fun that you really don’t notice.  It’s Batman and Plastic man dealing with the mob on Christmas Eve and spans the entire East Coast before it’s over with.

Also the word “butt-legger” comes up a lot.

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Next Time: Things return to normal with Batman #310 and Detective Comics #483!

EPISODE 8: BATMAN #308 AND DETECTIVE COMICS #482

Episode 8: Batman #308 and Detective Comics #482

Welcome to the eighth 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out the guys discuss the return of an icy themed villain and a battle with a giant ape.  In Batman #308 Mister Freeze is back and he’s making people ice zombies.  That’s right.  Ice zombies.  Plus Selina Kyle shows up and wants to partner with…Bruce Wayne?  Then in Detective Comics #482 Batman is forced to fight a giant, white ape which leads to the death of a prominent citizen as well as some unanswered questions for Commissioner Gordon.

Actually it leads to a lot of unanswered questions.

Seriously.  Batman makes some questionable choices at the end of this one.

Frankly Andy and Mike are surprised that more didn’t come from this, but the art was amazing.

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Next Time: It’s Christmas in September as the guys discuss Batman #309 and Brave and the Bold #148!

EPISODE 7: BATMAN #307 AND BRAVE AND THE BOLD #146

Episode 7: Batman #307 and Brave and the Bold #146

Welcome to the seventh 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out things return to normal or at least as normal as things get for Andy and Mike.  Their life is full of mystery and action…where at any point they could jump into Andy’s Dodge Charger and race off to save a small town from a corrupt sheriff or track down the kidnapped daughter of an old friend that had never been mentioned until this episode.  Or maybe Mike is writing all of this to make sure you are paying attention to the notes, which are usually kind of boring.

Anyway…

This time out the guys return to their “mandate” by looking at two really fun comics.  Batman #307 not only features the first appearance of Lucius Fox but also the rag tag (read: accent diverse) team of informants that would appear during Len Wein’s run.  The story is a neat little mystery that made both Mike and Andy very happy readers.  Then they jump into the Zany Haney machine and look at Brave and the Bold #146.  The Earth-2 Batman and the Unknown Soldier team up to chase a dirty Nazi around Washington D.C.  It’s a fun story where Mike bores the audience with stories of his family’s trips to the D.C. area when he was a kid.

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Here are the ads Andy and Mike talked about during the show.

And here’s a picture of Mike, his sisters, his Aunt Josie and his parents from sometime in the eighties.  The fashion should tip you off.

Next Time: The guys discuss Batman #308 and Detective Comics #482!

EPISODE 6: TEEN TITANS SPOTLIGHT #14 AND BATMAN #416

Episode 6: Teen Titans Spotlight #14 and Batman #416

Welcome to the sixth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where (normally) the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  They mostly (again, normally)  stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

And now to continue something completely different…

30 years ago Michael started collecting comics as a going concern and because he’s weird he wanted to mark this occasion across the various podcasts that he produces for the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network.  Andy was nice enough to say yes to this and both episodes released this month will be part of that “crossover”.

Keeping with the theme of Michael celebrating three decades of what he has come to call a hopeless addition, the guys are talking about two Batman comics that were purchased during Mike’s first year as a collector.  First up is Teen Titans Spotlight #14, where Nightwing is called in to find his former mentor.  Then the guys talk about Batman #416, where Nightwing gives Jason Todd a hand and has a heart-to-heart with his former mentor.  Basically this is a Nightwing episode where a similar theme is explored in two different ways.

(Insert a Dick Grayson joke here)

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You have a few options when doing so.  Send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  You can also leave a comment on this post or head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Andy and Mike cover Batman #308 and Brave and the Bold #146!

EPISODE 5: BATMAN #410 AND BATMAN ANNUAL #11

Episode 5: Batman #410 and Batman Annual #11

Welcome to the fifth episode of The Overlooked Dark Knight.  The is a non-index index show where (normally) the hosts, Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, look at Batman comics that rarely, if ever, get talked about.  They mostly (again, normally)  stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

And now for something completely different…

30 years ago Michael started collecting comics as a going concern and because he’s weird he wanted to mark this occasion across the various podcasts that he produces for the Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network.  Andy was nice enough to say yes to this and both episodes released this month will be part of that “crossover”.

Keeping with the theme of Michael celebrating three decades of what he has come to call a hopeless addition, the guys are talking about two Batman comics that were not only purchased at the dawn of Mike’s borderline personality disorder but were bought on the very same day.  Batman #410 sees the Post Crisis Jason Todd take up the mantle of Robin.  The first adversary the newish Dynamic Duo takes on is Two-Face and not only are there numerous puns related to the number two but a dramatic secret comes to light right there at the end of the issue.  Up next is Batman Annual #11, which has a fantastic John Byrne cover and two excellent stories.  The first tale was written by Alan Moore and centered on the third Clayface and the second is a Penguin story with the first Batman art by Norm Breyfogle!

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

And here are some of the pictures taken during the holiday/vacation where Mike and Andy got to meet face to face for the very first time!

Next Time: The celebration of Mike’s fandom continues with Batman #416 and Teen Titans Spotlight #14!

 

EPISODE 4: BATMAN #306 AND DETECTIVE COMICS #481

Episode 4: Batman #307 & Detective Comics #481

Welcome to the fourth 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out Andy and Mike talk about four…count them FOUR Batman stories!  In Batman #307 The Black Spider returns and Batman is forced to protect a drug dealer from the Spider’s murderous vengeance.  Then in the back up story we don’t get the wrap up to the Mrs. Batman storyline from last issue.  Then, over in Detective Comics #481 the guys gush over a Batman tale that takes place in Merry Old England not because of the writing (which is fun, to be fair) but the GORGEOUS Marshall Rogers artwork.  Finally they discuss a story that starts off one way and ends up being something quite different that involves mind transference and primates.

You really just need to listen to the synopsis Andy prepped for that story for that last sentence to make sense.

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You have a few options when doing so.  Send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  You can also leave a comment on this post or head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Ignore what you heard in the episode.  Andy and Mike cover Batman #310 and Batman Annual #11!

EPISODE 3: BATMAN #305 AND DETECTIVE COMICS #480

Episode 3: Batman #305 and Detective Comics #480

Welcome to the 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

This time out Andy and Mike continue their look at underappreciated Batman stories by discussing Batman #305 and Detective Comics #480.  In Batman #305 Bruce Wayne loses all of his self-control and battles a villain that isn’t all that he (or is it she?) seems!  They also touch on the back-up story in that issue, which leads to a fun digression about how Mike and Andy prefer Batman to be portrayed.  After that is a very brief discussion of the Batman story in Detective Comics #480, where we are given one of the predecessors to Bane!  The guys briefly mention the Hawkman back-up but they don’t get into it too much because it’s not Batman related.

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You have a few options when doing so.  Send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  You can also leave a comment on this post or head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Andy and Mike cover Batman #306 and Detective Comics #481!

 

EPISODE 2: THE UNTOLD LEGEND OF THE BATMAN ISSUES 2 AND 3

Episode 2: The Untold Legend of the Batman Issues 2 and 3

Welcome to the second 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

In this episode Andy and Mike cover the second and third issues of The Untold Legend of the Batman.  The mysterious foe that knows all of Batman’s secrets continues his attack on the Dark Knight prompting Batman and his allies to continue their trips down memory lane.  This allows Mike and Andy to have lengthy discussions about Robin, the villains, Alfred, Commissioner Gordon, Batgirl and more!  To be fair Robin dominates the conversation, but everyone likes Dick…Grayson, right?

Below is a gallery of pages from the comics discussed in this episode in case you were curious what they looked like.

And here are the front and back covers to the edition of this series that came out through that God awful Batman Cereal from 1989.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You have a few options when doing so.  Send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  You can also leave a comment on this post or head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Andy and Mike cover Batman #305 and Detective Comics #480!

EPISODE 1: THE UNTOLD LEGENDS OF BATMAN #1

Episode 1: The Untold Legends of Batman #1

Welcome to the first 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.  They mostly stick to the later part of the Bronze Age but just about any era of Batman is fair game for their discussions.

Andy and Mike kick off this episode and this series by telling you why they chose to focus on these Batman books in particular.  After that lengthy conversation they discuss the first issue of The Untold Legend of the Batman.  This three issue mini-series was published in the spring of 1980 and took all of the various stories about Batman and his friends and foes over the years and distilled them into one mini-series.  Issue one goes over the origin of Batman and the guys discuss what they like about the origin presented here and go off on a few tangents about how this version of the legend stacks up against future versions.

During the course of the episode Michael mentions that he first read this series through reprints you could get from the god awful Batman cereal that was put out in 1989.  Here are a few scans from the reprint of the first issue.  Included are the front and back covers plus some of the other extras that Mike thought were interesting.  During the course of the episode Mike says that he can’t place who drew the Batcave images.  Apparently Mike is an idiot because the art is signed and those pages were drawn by Joe Staton.  He corrects this in the second episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You have a few options when doing so.  Send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  You can also leave a comment on this post or head on over to the Facebook page and leave a comment there.  If you talk about this show on the social medias please include a #overlookeddk so the guys know where to find it.

If you want to subscribe to the show here’s the RSS Feed and the iTunes link.  If you use iTunes please leave us a review.  Not only will we read that on the air like the other feedback but it really helps the show out.

Next Time: Mike and Andy talk about issues 2 and 3 of The Untold Legend of the Batman!

WELCOME TO THE OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT!

Hello there!  Welcome to the home base or, if you will excuse the pun, The Batcave for The Overlooked Dark Knight: The Non-Index Index Show!  This podcast is hosted by Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey, two friends that not only like comics and not only like talking about comics but they really wanted to talk about comics featuring Batman.  And not just any comics featuring Batman…they wanted to talk about the Batman books that seemed to have fallen through the proverbial crack.  There are plenty of shows talking about the latest in the world of the Dark Knight and there have been others that have focused on the Golden and Silver Age Batman stories.  Few, if any, have covered the books published after the television series and after the O’Neil/Adams and Englehart/Rogers issues but before Frank Miller started redefining the character.

And that’s where Andy and Mike are staking their claim.  While the format is pretty loose and will allow them to talk about any era of Batman they choose the main focus on the episodes will be the issues of Batman and Detective Comics written by Gerry Conway and then Doug Moench.  Issues of Brave and the Bold will pop up here and there and you can be sure that the Christmas episodes will jump all over the place but for the most part the show will focus on the Batman book published in the early 1980’s!

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