EPISODE 16: BATMAN #314 AND BRAVE AND THE BOLD #149

Episode 16: Batman #314 and Brave and the Bold #149

Welcome to the sixteenth 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 talk about a pair of fun issues!  In Batman #314 the Dark Knight and King Faraday bicker as they try to foil Two-Face’s plans to sell state secrets.  Plus, Lucius Fox sticks his foot in his mouth with Selina Kyle.  After that is Brave and the Bold #149 where Batman teams up with the Teen Titans and shows a serious lack of knowledge regarding how voice identification works.  The Aparo art, however, more than makes up for this and you get to see Donna and Wally go undercover in a story that would, once again, fit right in on a Stephen J Cannell television series.  All of this plus a smattering of your feedback and a throwback to the ’90s!

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

Note: Starting with the next episode the show notes and gallery will be up over on the main Fortress of Baileytude site.  The reason for this is to make things easier on Mike, who posts all of this.

Next Time: The guys are back with Batman #315 and Detective Comics #485!

EPISODE 15: CHRISTMAS 2017

Episode 15: Christmas 2017

Welcome to the fifteenth 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.

Well…that’s what Andy and Mike normally do.  This time out they are jumping on the holiday bandwagon and celebrating Christmas with two fantastic Yuletide themed comics and a classic Power Records…record.  First up on the docket is Batman and Robin Adventures #3, which sees the Dynamic Duo taking on the Riddler at a fancy Gentlemen’s Club.  His goal; discover the true identity of Batman!  Or is there something more going on?  Then the guys play the previously mentioned Power Records classic The Christmas Carol Caper where Batman does something he rarely ever has to do.  What is it?  Listen and find out, already!  Finally Andy and Mike talk about The Brave and the Bold #184, where Batman teams up with the Huntress, which should be all kinds of fun if Bruce’s father wasn’t accused of bankrolling a gangster!

All of this and more Christmas cheer than you can stand!

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYONE!

Next Time: Things go back to normal…with Batman and King Faraday fighting Two-Face and then the Teen Titans fighting Batman!

EPISODE 14: BATMAN #313 AND BRAVE AND THE BOLD #151

Episode 14: Batman #313 and Brave and the Bold #151

Welcome to the fourteenth 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 continue their look at the Len Wein run of Batman with Batman #313.  Mike originally wanted to make a lot of puns involving the number 2 for these show notes but then decided that he couldn’t be bothered so he’ll leave it at this is a fun Two-Face issue though there were some criticisms to be found.  After that Andy and Mike dive into the disco era with Brave and the Bold #151, which guest stars The Flash!  This story can best be described as your average episode of any late seventies or early eighties action show mixed with The Phantom of the Opera with heaping dose of disco music added for good measure.

Seriously.  Bruce wears a very Saturday Night Fever type outfit in this one.

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 ads the guys talked about this time out.

Next Time: It’s the first Overlooked Dark Knight Christmas Special with a fantastic story from Batman and Robin Adventures as well as a classic Brave and the Bold issue guest starring The Huntress!

EPISODE 13: BATMAN #312 AND DETECTIVE COMICS #484

Episode 13: Batman #312 and Detective Comics #484

Welcome to the fourteenth 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 look at two fantastic Batman tales!  First up is Batman #312, where the Dark Knight fights the multi-costumed Calendar Man.  This issue not only features some fantastic action and great writing but also the magnificent art of Walt Simonson.  Batman finally brings the fight to Maxie Zeus during the lead story of Detective Comics #484, which features equally magnificent art by Don Newton.  They also talk about the back-up Batman story from that issue which was…adequate.  House ads are also discussed, including one for Kryptonite, which made Andy laugh so hard milk shot out of his nose.

Okay, that didn’t really happen.  But he laughed really hard.

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

And here’s that neat pin-up from the Detective issue.

Next Time: The guys cover Batman #313 and Brave and the Bold #151!

EPISODE 12: HALLOWEEN 2017

Episode 12: Halloween 2017

Welcome to the twelfth 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 present their first Halloween themed episode in fine style by looking at two Batman stories that are far from overlooked but they’re talking about them anyway.  First up in this Gothic filled episode is The Secret of the Waiting Graves from Detective Comics #395.  This story has immortal villains, hallucinations and, most importantly, Neal Adams artwork.  After the break the guys look at The Demon of Gothos Mansion from Batman #227, which doesn’t have Neal Adams artwork but the Irv Novick pencils are pretty dang cool.  This story features Batman trying to save Alfred’s niece from a cult and includes death traps and a ghost!  Perfect for Halloween!

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 back to normal with Batman #312 and Detective Comics #484!

EPISODE 11: BATMAN #311 AND THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD #147

Episode 11: Batman #311 and The Brave and The Bold #147

Welcome to the eleventh 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 tell you what they want, what they really, really want in an episode that is fairly bursting with Girl Power!  Batman #311 guest stars Batgirl and features the return of Dr. Phosphorus but in all honesty Batgirl is the real draw of this issue.  To be fair the plot of Dr. Phosphorus returning and wanting revenge for what happened to him is good but the meat of this issue comes in the discussions Mike and Andy have about the political themes running through the story.  Next up is The Brave and the Bold #147, which features the Dark Knight teaming up with the Maid of Might herself…Supergirl!  Sadly there is no Zany Haney in this issue but we do get a fun team-up story with a surprise villain at the end.

The fact that this episode is coming out soon after the premiere of the third season of the Supergirl series on the CW is purely intentional.

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 ads the guys mentioned during the The Brave and The Bold #147 conversation.

Next Time: It’s the first Halloween episode where the guys talk about two classic and spooky stories written by Denny O’Neil!

 

EPISODE 10: BATMAN #310 AND DETECTIVE COMICS #483

Episode 10: Batman #310 and Detective Comics #483

Welcome to the tenth 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.

First up on the docket this time is Batman #310 where the Dark Knight goes up against the Gentlemen Ghost, who is apparently a bit home sick.  There are also accents and plenty of them.  Then, in Detective Comics #483, we are given a sequel to the classic story There’s No Hope In Crime Alley which has some lovely art and some problems on a story level.  Finally there’s a second Batman story that involves a kangaroo race, which is as silly as it sounds.

At one point in the episode Mike mentions that podcaster and all around swell guy Chris Franklin devoted the first episode of his Where Does He Get Those Wonderful Toys podcast over at The Fire and Water Podcast Network to the history of the Gentlemen Ghost.  It’s a great episode of a great show, so please check that out by following this link.

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

Here is that gorgeous pin-up that was on the back of Detective Comics #483.

And here are those Superman ads the guys mentioned during the Batman #310 conversation.

Next Time: Andy and Mike talk about Batman #311 and then try to tie in to the season premiere of Supergirl by discussing Brave and the Bold #147!

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!