OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 31: FILL INS ABOUND

Episode 31: Fill In Stories Abound

Welcome to the thirty-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.  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.

This time out the guys deal with two fill-in stories, which isn’t to say that the stories are bad.  They’re enjoyable, but they kind of mess with the flow of the story lines that Andy and Mike have been covering.  In Batman #320, the Dark Knight travels to Spain to deal with a mystery that involves secret passages and Catholicism.  Then, in Detective Comics #488, the whole dealing with the death of Kathy Kane thing takes a back seat once again to deal with a tale of novelists and switching places, which is fun and has some great Don Newton art.  Ads are discussed and a Star Wars conversation goes down.  This one has it all.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  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: You are cordially invited to attend the birthday of the Clown Prince of Crime.  Also, a team-up with The Maid of Might…Supergirl!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 30: FAKE NEWS

Episode 30: Fake News

Welcome to the thirtieth 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 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 dive back in the tie-in books this time out as they look at two extremely fun and well done comics.  In Batman Adventures #5, the guys pick up where they left off last time with the Scarecrow and his plot to make Gotham illiterate.  There’s action, some neat psychological profiling and mirrored storytelling, so this one pretty much has it all.  Then, in Batman and Robin Adventures #6, Robin is fired!  Well, not really, but that’s what the fake news at the failing Gotham Inquisitor would have you believe.  The only problem is most of the people believe what was published in the newspaper and suddenly Robins start popping up all over the city to try and get the job.  Dick Grayson is not pleased with this and we also get some fun references to other Robins, including a young red head named Carrie.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  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: Back to 1979…sort of.  We’ll explain next time.

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 29: SECOND VERSE SAME AS THE FIRST

Episode 29: Second Verse Same As The First

Welcome to the twenty-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.  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.

This time out Andy and Mike talk about a returning villain as well as a fun, but slightly flawed team-up with Wonder Woman.  In Batman #319, The Gentlemen Ghost returns to bedevil the Caped Crusader.  The guys also talk about the hints of a story to come and reference a song from the sixties that is a bit of an ear worm.  Then, in Brave and the Bold #158, Batman and Wonder Woman battle a French villain named Deja Vu.

Seriously.  That’s the villain’s name.  The story itself is quite good but at the same time…it’s a French villain…named Deja Vu.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

During the course of the episode, Mike mentioned a video over at Retroblasting where Michael French breaks down the various Super Friends home media releases.  Check that out below.

Mike also mentioned an episode of Dreamland: The Retroblasing Podcast that he appeared on to discuss Bill Finger and his place in Batman’s history.  You can find that episode by clicking on this link.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  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 talk about more animated Batman comics!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 28: READING IS FUNDAMENTAL

Overlooked Dark Knight Episode 28: Reading is Fundamental

Welcome to the twenty-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.  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.

This time out the episode is an animated affair as Mike and Andy look at two tie-in books.  In Batman Adventures #5, Gotham City is under siege with citizens rioting in the streets because they suddenly, and without any warning, can’t read.  What diabolical villain could create so much chaos?  The cover doesn’t give it away but the last page does as do Andy and Mike.  Then, the guys turn their attention to Batman and Robin Adventures #5, where the Joker has a serious case of envy after a doctor says that he prefers the Riddler over the Joker.  One of the hosts wasn’t all that hot on this issue.  The other liked it just fine.  The fight that results from this doesn’t exist, but Andy and Mike talk it out just the same.

Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  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 head back to the late seventies to talk about the return of The Gentlemen Ghost and a team up with Wonder Woman!

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FCTC EPISODE 226: OCTOBER 1995 SUPPLEMENTAL

Episode 226: October 1995 Supplemental

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-sixth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

This time out Mike and Jeff finish up their examination of the Superman books with an October 1995 cover date by looking at the supplemental books for that month.  Spoiler warning; most of these books are pretty bad.  Superboy #20 has a guest star in the form of Green Lantern and Superboy teaming up with Kyle Rayner should have been awesome and it…wasn’t.  Then they talk about Steel #20, which has every early ‘90s comic book cliché ever and nearly broke Mike and Jeff.  The fall continues with brief (really brief actually) discussions of New Titans #126, Showcase’95 #9 and Outsiders #23.  Things pick up at the end with a quick look at Green Arrow issues 100 and 101, which is better than the other books but not by much.  Finally, the boys go through their regular features Meanwhile, At The Daily Planet and Elsewhere in the DCU.

Below is a gallery of covers and (some) selected pages from the comics discussed.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.

You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The Trial of Superman begins halfway through the episode!  Books discussed are Action Comics #715 and Superman: The Man of Steel #50.

This episode of From Crisis to Crisis was brought to you by Jason Sandberg’s Jupiter!  Check it out today at Comixology!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 27: REMEMBERING NORM BREYFOGLE

Episode 27: Remembering Norm Breyfogle

Welcome to the twenty-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.  In the second episode of the month they discuss the various books that were associated with the animated Batman shows of the nineties, though just about everything is fair game.

This time out Andy and Mike pay tribute to the late Norm Breyfogle.  Norm passed away last year and the guys wanted to talk about one of their favorite Norm drawn Batman stories.  Mud Pack was a four issue story line that came out in 1989 and was originally published in Detective Comics issues 604-607.  It featured the original Clayface, Basil Karlo, putting together a small team of other villains that have taken the name Clayface for his own nefarious purposes.  Andy and Mike also look at Secret Origins #44, which featured the…well…secret origins of the Clayfaces in question.  More than anything they gush over Norm’s artwork and talk about what a great artist the man was.

(Quick note; the audio from this episode had a lot of issues.  There was no easy fix for this and Mike did the best be could to make the conversation sound like an actual conversation.  So, if there are some weird cuts or something doesn’t flow right you’ll know why.)

 Below is a gallery of images from the books discussed in this episode.

And here  are the two posters that came with the story.

Andy and Mike want your feedback on this episode so they can read it on an upcoming show!  You even have options in how you leave your feedback.  The most direct way is to leave a comment right here on the site.  You can also send all questions, concerns, fears and trepidations to [email protected].  Then there’ the Facebook page, where you can also leave a Batman related question for Andy and Mike to answer at the beginning of the show.  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: Things go back to normal.

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BAILEY’S BATMAN PODCAST EPISODE 25: THE GREATEST BATMAN STORIES EVER TOLD VOLUME 2

Episode 25: The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Volume 2

Bailey’s Batman Podcast Returns!

After a hiatus of nearly four years I’ve brought this show back because…I wanted to.  Yeah, Batman turns 80 this year and having this show around let’s me celebrate that but frankly I realized that even if I don’t produce episodes on a regular basis I can still kick one out every once in a while if the feeling strikes.

Also, I didn’t want Alan Middleton to think he killed the show.

Anyway, this time out I welcome Tom Panarese (host or co-host of such shows as In Country, Pop Culture Affidavit and Required Reading with Tom and Stella) to talk about a book that I didn’t even know existed until a few years ago.  The Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Volume 2 (which is not to be confused with Batman: The Greatest Stories Ever Told Vol. 2, which is a real book) was published in 1992 and just looking at the cover tells you that this bad boy was put out to cash in on the sequel to the 1989 Batman film.  This volume focuses on Catwoman and Penguin and boy is it a mixed bag of stories.  Some of them are great.  Some…aren’t.  Tom and I talk about them all and go off on a number of tangents in the Fantastic Fortress manner.

Many thanks to Tom for coming out to play.  It was a lot of fun.  It was so much fun that…

Next Time: Tom stops by again to talk about a certain Batman crossover event that took place 25 years ago.  Night will fall…or something like that.

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FCTC EPISODE 225: OCTOBER 1995 PART 2

Episode 225: October 1995 Part 2

Welcome to the two hundredth and twenty-fifth episode of From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast!  This podcast has a simple premise; examine just about every Superman comic published between Man of Steel #1 in 1986 to Adventures of Superman #649 in 2006 in an informative and hopefully entertaining format.

This time out Mike and Jeff continue their discussion of the Superman books with an October 1995 cover date.  After a pretty lengthy preamble (what’s new, right?) they look at Superman #105, which guest stars Green Lantern and the return of two villains that go all the way back to the early days of the Post Crisis era!  Then in Adventures of Superman #528 an alien comes to Earth looking for…something but it doesn’t speak and there’s hardly any dialogue but it was an amazing issue nonetheless.  Finally, the boys talk about the second issue of Superman: The Man of Tomorrow where the Contessa makes a play for Alpha Centurion and the search for Lex Luthor takes an explosive turn.

Check out Episode 1014 of of Earth-2.Net: The Show (you have to do a little scrolling but it’s totally worth it) where Jeff got to talk to the people behind the Death of Superman animated film, which was thanks to Josh Bertone.

And click on this link to check out the video of Michael appearing on television where it is written he is a Superman expert.  #fakenews

Below is a gallery of covers and selected pages from the comics discussed.

You can subscribe to the show in two ways. First there is the RSS Feed and there is also the iTunes link. Are you on Facebook? Be sure to “like” the official FCTC page, which you can find by clicking on this link.

You can email the show by clicking this link. All questions, concerns, fears, trepidations and cheap shots are welcome.  Also be sure to give us a review over on iTunes and feel free to comment on the show here at the site!

Next Time: The boys close out cover date October 1995 with the supplemental books, which include Superboy #20, Steel #20, New Titans #126, Showcase ’95 #9 and Outsiders #23.  They also take a quick look at Green Arrow #100 and 101, because Superman makes a significant appearance.

This episode of From Crisis to Crisis was brought to you by Jason Sandberg’s Jupiter!  Check it out today at Comixology!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT COMMENTARY – BATMAN: MASK OF THE PHANTASM

Overlooked Dark Knight Commentary – Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

Welcome to the first installment of Overlooked Dark Knight Commentaries, a sub-series of The Overlooked Dark Knight podcast!  Normally Andrew Leyland and Michael Bailey talk about Batman stories that few people, if any, have talked about on a podcast but occasionally they are going to put down the comic books down and pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray so they can yak all over a Batman related movie.

This time out Andy and Mike celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm! Directed by Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski, written by Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Martin Pasko and Michael Reeves, and starring Kevin Conroy, Dana Delany, Mark Hamill, Hart Bochner, and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., this movie hit theaters on Christmas Day in 1993 and did not do all that well financially.  The film cost 6 million dollars to make and only took in 5.8 million, which is a shame but the movie eventually found an audience on home video and has gone on to be THE SINGLE GREATEST BATMAN FILM EVER RELEASED IN THEATERS!

Andy and Mike will accept no arguments on that score.

After a quick preamble where Mike feels the need to tell you how he first saw Batman: Mask of the Phantasm the guys watch the film from the first frame to the end credits and in between talk about why this movie is so amazing.  They also discuss why Batman can’t get married, why snarky Alfred is better than jerk Alfred, why Alfred would never say the word, “diapered”, why being a detective is essential to Batman’s character, and why this is the single greatest Batman film ever released in theaters.  They also discuss the song played in the end credits, which is objectively awful.  There are moments of silence where Andy and Mike find themselves watching the film and there is also a slight echo with Mike’s audio but otherwise this is a fun discussion of a great movie.

Next Time: While there are no plans to record a commentary at the moment Andy and Mike discuss what the next movie might be at the end of the episode.

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 10 – TRACING SUPERMAN’S HISTORY OVER 80 YEARS

Episode 10: Tracing Superman’s History Over 80 Years

In the final installment of my four part wrap up to Superman’s 80th birthday I present the audio from yet another panel from the 2018 Dragon ConTracing Superman’s History Over 80 Years was a solo panel that was part of the Comics and Pop Art track and, as the name of the panel suggests, this panel had 80 years of Superman in 60 minutes.  I go over the creation of the character and then, decade by decade, talk about the highlights of the character in the comic books and the various live action, radio, and animated adaptations that have been produced.  From the forties to the present I try to give a sense of how Superman evolved and changed over eight decades.  This was a lot of fun to put together and I was surprised that I was able to get everything done in an hour.

Special thanks to Tony Barletta, the programming director for the Comics and Pop Art track, for giving me the opportunity to do this panel.

You can find a PDF of the PowerPoint I created for this panel by clicking on this link.

Below are some of the photos my wife took during the panel.

Next Time: I don’t have an episode planned at the moment but while this show may not be monthly show anymore I’ll put something out from time to time so keep your feed open.

 

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