OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 17: APPARENTLY NUNCHUCKS WERE QUITE THE PROBLEM IN THE ’70S

Episode 17: Apparently Nunchucks Were Quite The Problem in the ’70s

Welcome to the seventeenth 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 the first episode of every month they usually talk about Bronze Age Batman stories from the late seventies to early eighties though just about everything is fair game.

This time out the guys look at two Batman stories that actually have a unifying theme, though you may want to read that as “theme” because it’s not really a theme so much as the two books have something in common and Mike thought that was funny. In Detective Comics #485 we get Batman kung-fu fighting with the Bronze Tiger after the (unceremonious) death of a former Bat ally. Lots of intense martial arts actions and all the nunchucks you can eat. Then, in Batman #315, the Caped Crusader has deal with the cream of the criminal crop. His arch-foe. The most deadly villain he faces that glides around on evil’s foul winds…that’s right…it’s Kite-Man. Also, Batman has to deal with nunchucks.

Because they were quite the problem in the late seventies…apparently.

Andy and Mike also launch a sort of new format this time out. They’re still sticking to Batman books that hardly anyone talks about but they’re mixing things up a bit.

Below is a gallery of covers and pages from the comics we discussed this time out.

The guys also talked about some neat ads this time out.

Quick housekeeping note; starting with this episode there will only be one episode posting for all of the Fortress shows and that will be here at the home base for the Network. It’s just easier on Mike to do it this way and it frees up some resources for the site. Eventually the old site will disappear completely and all of the past show postings will be here. Thank you for your understanding on this…if you are understanding and if you’re not…we have no idea what to say.

Next Time: The Not Even Close to New, Still Relatively the Same Overlooked Dark Knight continues with some decidedly…animated books. The two comics we will be covering are Batman Adventures #1 and Batman and Robin Adventures #1!

 

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPIOSDE 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.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 15

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!

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!

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 5: SUPERMAN AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE

Episode 5: Superman and the Justice League

For this extremely late episode I am doing a bit of coattail riding in terms of Superman appearing in a major motion picture.  Justice League came out last month and whether you love it or hate it and whether you think it sank at the box office or did okay, the film centers around a certain Man of Steel.  This seemed like a good time to talk about Superman’s place in the Justice League and if I’m going to talk about the JLA then an obvious co-host is the co-founder of The Fire and Water Podcast Network (and proprietor of JLASatellite.com) Rob Kelly!  Rob and I discuss Superman’s history with various iterations of the team, why it’s important for him to be a member and some of the highlights of Superman’s tenure with the League.  We also discuss a couple of two-part stories that, ironically, are both JLA/JSA crossovers.  First up is the team-up from Justice League of America issues 73 and 74, which not only features the set-up for a longtime League member to join the team but the first meeting between the Earth-1 and Earth-2 Supermans!  Then we travel to the eighties to discuss the last classic JLA/JSA team-up in Justice League of America issues 231 and 232.  The story is enjoyable but these books mainly serve as a chance to talk about how much Rob and I like Supergirl!

After the break I come back with my thoughts on the Justice League movie.  I participated in a round table discussion with Bob Fisher, Jon Wilson and J David Weter (but we got to call him Dave) over on Episode 113 of the Superman Forever Radio podcast and Steve Younis and I talked about the film on the November 14, 2017 and November 21, 2017 episodes of the Radio KAL Live show over at the Superman Homepage.  Scotty V, host of the Great Scott segment over at the Homepage, joined us for the second one and all three of those shows were great to be a part of.   Originally I thought I was going to spend about five to ten minutes talking about the various thoughts that occurred to me after recording those episodes but apparently I had a lot more to say as my original random thoughts became something else.

Finally I go through the feedback I received for the previous episode and do the usual rounds of Facebook comments and likes, Twitter comments, like and shares and iTunes reviews!

Keep those cards and letters and reviews coming, folks!  I enjoy them immensely and I think they add something important to the show!

Here are the covers and selected pages from the comics discussed in this episode!

Big thanks to Rob Kelly for appearing on this episode.  Rob has a bunch of shows you need to be listening to over on The Fire and Water Podcast Network including The Fire and Water Podcast, Who’s Who: The Definitive Podcast of the DC Universe, The Film and Water Podcast, Superman Movie Minute, The TreasuryCast, The DigestCast, Pod Dylan and The Power Records Podcast.

Next Time: If all goes to plan the next regular episode with feature Trentus Magnus and I discussing the never realized Superman 2000 pitch from the late nineties.

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FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS EPISODE 1: SONGS AND STORIES ABOUT THE JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA

Episode 1: Songs and Stories About The Justice League of America

Welcome to the first episode of Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents, an irregular show here at the FOB Network that is all about whatever I happen to feel like talking about at that moment.  There is no set release schedule. There is no set format.  Like The Commitments, it will strike and then slink back into the night from whence it came.

For this first go round I invited Joe Crowe (co-director of the American Sci-Fi Classics Track at DragonCon and part of the Revolutions SF site and RevCast podcast) to stop by and talk about Songs and Stories About The Justice League of America.  This was an album of…well, songs and stories about the JLA that was first released in the late 1960’s and then re-released in the 1970’s.  Not only do we play the themes and stories about Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Metamorpho, Plastic Man and Flash but Joe and I talk about these characters, our experiences with them and why they are so awesome.  It’s a fun two hours that is meant to tie-in, however tangentially, to some big budget Justice League film that is currently in theaters.

Many thanks to Rob Kelly for helping me out when a few of the tracks I had from this album proved faulty.  You can check out his thoughts on the album by clicking on this link.

I also mentioned an episode of Views From The Longbox that I recorded with Shag, Tom and Stella that went through the Total Justice CD that was released in conjunction with that toy line.  You can find that episode by following this link.

Next Time: A discussion of some sort.  I mean I have something recorded but it seems contrary to the random nature of this show to say what you can expect or when you can expect it.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 14

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.

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!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 13

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.

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

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 4: HALLOWEEN 2017

IACBTS Episode 4: Halloween 2017

I should probably write, “Halloween 2017” because we’re a few weeks out from Halloween but I wanted to get this episode out because I had co-hosts and making them wait a year seemed unfair.

Anyway, this time out I am celebrating Halloween by looking at a handful of monster related Superman books with some friends of mine from the Superman podcasting community.  First up is a story from Superman #143 from December of 1960 (cover date February 1961) titled Bizarro Meets Frankenstein where…Bizarro meets Frankenstein.  More accurately Bizarro meets an actor playing Frankenstein’s Monster and I was honored to have Bob Fisher (of Superman Forever Radio fame) stops by to help me go over this story.  We talk about what happens when Bizarro gets jealous that the media is saying Frankenstein is the scariest thing ever, Bizarro as a character and the Silver Age in general.  After a quick break Michael Bradley (of The Thrilling Adventures of Superman and Superman and Batman fame) joins me to talk about Superman & Batman vs Vampires & Werewolves.  This was a 2008 mini-series that I had…mixed feelings on but Michael and I had a fun talking about the story and the differences between Superman and Batman in how they deal with the super natural.  After that I go through your feedback and tease some upcoming projects.

During the show I mentioned Billy Hogan’s excellent show The Superman Fan Podcast.  Be sure to click on the link and check it out.

Next Time: Come back on the 23rd for a special episode celebrating the 25th anniversary of The Death of Superman and then right around the end of the month I’ll be joined by Rob Kelly to talk about Superman’s place in the Justice League of America!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 12

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!

Next Time: It’s back to normal with Batman #312 and Detective Comics #484!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 11

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.

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