OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 40 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 2: TEN NIGHTS OF THE BEAST PART 1

Episode 40 – Starlin’s Batman Part 2: Ten Nights of the Beast Part 1

Welcome to the fortieth 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.  Back in episode 39 they started a series covering Jim Starlin’s run of Batman and they are going to continue with that until they get through all of his issues, up to and including Batman: The Cult.

This time out they continue their look at Starlin’s run with the first two installments of the “mini-series within a series” Ten Nights of the Beast.  In Batman #417, a rogue Soviet agent known as the KGBEast (cagey beast!) is in Gotham and while the FBI and the VIA are both on the Beast’s trail, Batman gets involved because he may be the only one to stop the carnage.  The action and political intrigue continues in Batman #418, where the Beast continues making his way through the list and Batman has his first confrontations with the Soviet super soldier.

Below is a gallery of the cover and select pages from the comics discussed during the course of 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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next time: The thrilling conclusion to Ten Nights of the Beast!

FORTRESS OF BAILEYTUDE SHOWCASE PRESENTS… THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER

Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents… The Hunt For Red October

This time out the show finally lives up to the original premise that I had for it several years ago. Instead of talking comics I am talking movies, because I like movies and thought, “Hey, why not talk about them from time to time?”  My first subject is a film that I just love to pieces…The Hunt For Red October.  And I am not alone!  Joining me to talk about this cracker jack of a movie is none other than Zaki Hasan.  Zaki co-hosts The MovieFilm Podcast and hosts Nostalgia Theater: A MovieFilm Podcast.  He is also a movie reviewer and has written reviews for a number of newspapers and sites.

For a little over an hour we focus in on the cast of The Hunt For Red October.  The story is pretty simple, but it’s the performances that really make the film memorable and we go over the main cast, which includes but is not limited to Tim Curry, Sam Neil, Alec Baldwin, and, of course, Sean Connery.  What makes their performances so good?  What are the best scenes?  How many times does Mike lapse into a Sean Connery impersonation?  Listen and find out!

A huge thanks to Zaki for coming out to play on this one.

Next Time: If everything goes to plan I’ll have a special Fourth of July episode for your listening pleasure.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – REMEMBERING DENNY O’NEIL

Overlooked Dark Knight Special – Remembering Denny O’Neil

No real preamble this time out. This isn’t a normal episode. Andy and Mike got together on the morning (or afternoon for Andy) of June 15, 2020 to talk about the death of writer/editor/legend Denny O’Neil. The guys were huge fans of Denny as both as an editor and they wanted to spend nearly an hour talking about him. It’s a very off the cuff conversation. There are no notes involved. It’s just two fans talking about their feelings on Denny with a tangent or two along the way.

RIP Denny O’Neil.

 

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 39 – STARLIN’S BATMAN PART 1

Episode 39 – Starlin’s Batman Part 1

Welcome to the thirty-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.

Which is what they are going to do starting with this episode.

For several years now (since 2012 actually) Mike has been wanting to cover the Jim Starlin run of Batman and now that Ryan and Chris over at Batman: Knightcast have changed the remit of their show, Mike thought the time was right to finally talk about these comics.  Andy is an agreeable sort of fellow, so it wasn’t a hard sell.

So, starting in this episode and continuing for the next few month, the guys are going to look at every issue of Jim Starlin’s run (which spanned Batman issues 414-430, as well as the four issue Batman: The Cult prestige format series) and discuss them.  This time out they start with issue 414, which begins a mystery regarding a serial killer in Gotham that, surprisingly, doesn’t get resolved at the end of the issue.  Then they talk about issue 415, which was a Millennium crossover story and because of that they didn’t have much to say about it.  Finally, before reading some feedback, they briefly touch on issue 416, which they actually covered several years ago, so it doesn’t get the full synopsis and discussion treatment.

Below are the covers and select pages 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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

Next Time: The Starlin’s Batman Run coverage continues with the first two chapters of Ten Nights of the Beast!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 18 – SUPERMAN AND COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS PART 2 – SUPERMAN: SACRIFICE

Episode 18 – Superman and Countdown to Infinite Crisis Part 2 – Superman: Sacrifice

JLMay 2020 continues…

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year OneJustice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

This time out I continue my look at what Superman was up to around the whole Countdown to Infinite Crisis era by examining the Sacrifice story line.  To say that this arc was important to the lead up to Infinite Crisis is an understatement.  Sacrifice was one of the most pivotal moments of this era and since it tied into what was going on in the OMAC Project mini-series, I thought it would be a good idea to bring in the people covering that mini-series for JLMay.

Jon and Maggie Schaefer-Hames (hosts of Married With Comics) were nice enough to stop by and talk about the issues of Superman, Action Comics, Adventures of Superman, and Wonder Woman that made up the Sacrifice arc as well as the issues of Adventures of Superman and Wonder Woman, which detailed the immediate aftermath of how Wonder Woman solved the Maxwell Lord problem.  We also talk about the era in general and get into a few tangents about the way some artists depicted women in the early 2000’s and how Marvel and DC were doing pretty much the same thing in different ways with Infinite Crisis and Civil War.

Here are the covers and select pages from the comics we discussed.

Oh, and here’s the picture of me from 1991 when I had glasses with round frames.  It comes up in the episode.

A huge thank you to Jon and Maggie for appearing on this episode and making it as fun as it was.

The fun of JLMay 2020 rages on!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: Jon and Maggie of Married with Comics join me to talk about the Sacrifice story line!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 17 – SUPERMAN AND COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS PART 1

Episode 17 – Superman and Countdown to Infinite Crisis Part 1

Welcome to another exciting installment of  JLMay 2020!

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year OneJustice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

This episode kicks off a three part series that explores what Superman was up to around the time of Countdown to Infinite Crisis.  This mainly involves the OMAC Project mini-series, but eventually Superman plays in the Villains United sandbox, but that will have to keep until the third part of this series.  For this first installment, I give a rundown of where Superman was as a character in 2005.  This involves a good bit of history, but I try to break it up with some musical interludes, so hopefully that makes it more interesting to listen to.  Then I get into Superman issues 217 and 218, which involves Superman dealing with a world that suddenly fears him.  What do I think of these issues?  What do I think of that concept?  What does OMAC stand for?  All of that and more is explored over the course of an hour and change.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

The fun of JLMay 2020 rages on!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: Jon and Maggie of Married with Comics join me to talk about the Sacrifice story line!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – “OVERLOOKED” KNIGHT-CAST: THE JOKER’S 5 WAY REVENGE

“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.

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 Apple Podcast 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.  The show is also available on the Google Play Store and Spotify.

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

VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 269 – JLMAY 2020: COUNTDOWN TO INFINITE CRISIS

Episode 269 – JLMAY 2020: Countdown to Infinite Crisis

Welcome to the kick off to JLMay 2020!

In case this is your first experience with JLMay, it is an annual podcasting crossover where a bunch of different networks and shows get together to cover a particular maxi-series, fifth week event, or crossover.  It started in 2016 and over the years we’ve talked about JLA: Year One, Justice (the Alex Ross grown up Super Friends series), The Silver Age (a DC Fifth Week Event), and Blackest Night.  This year we’re covering Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

Not Infinite Crisis.

Countdown to Infinite Crisis.

The event before the event.

Over the course of several hours, I, along with some guests, discuss the Countdown to Infinite Crisis 80 Page Giant that DC released to get the ball rolling.  What happens when a hero that has seen better days, the Blue Beetle, stumbles upon a mystery that could shake the heroes of the DC Universe to their core?  Why is Batman so paranoid and what is Brother I?  What’s going on with magic and why is Captain Marvel fighting the Spectre?  Why are the planets Rann and Thanagar at war?  And what does the espionage agency Checkmate have to do with Blue Beetle’s life being in danger?  Some of those questions are answered and some are merely hinted at over the course of this special, but one this is certain; the final fate of the Ted Kord Blue Beetle will be the shot heard around the universe.

Joining me for this special are some people I’ve been podcasting with for years and a bunch of people that I have listened to but never worked with.  Things start, as they often do on Views From The Longbox with The Irredeemable Shag (of The Fire and Water Podcast ) but they continue with Mike Staley (Silent Knight: The Cassandra Cain Podcast), Jon and Maggie Schaefer-Hames (Married With Comics), Clinton Robison (The Coffee and Comics Podcast), J David Weter (Dave’s Gambit Podcast), and then back to The Irredeemable Shag.  Shag and I break down the era this book was published during and then the rest of the crew and I tackle each chapter leading to Beetle’s last stand.  It’s a fun three hours.

Yes, this is three hours.  If that makes you go, “Wow, when am I going to have time to listen to all of this?”, fear not because the sections break down into smaller, more bite sized chunks of show.  You can listen to the whole thing at once, or listen to a section, live your life, and then come back to it.  The choice, as ever, is yours.

Below are the cover and select pages from the comic discussed in this episode.

The fun of JLMay 2020 is only just beginning!  Be sure to check out the following shows over the course of May to continue the epic coverage of the event before the event.

Also, if you are listening to these shows and digging this podcast crossover, be sure to use #JLMay2020 if you’re sharing these episodes on social media.

Next Time: An episode I’ve had on the editing block for awhile, but haven’t gotten to because…reasons.  Paul Spataro joins me for a Fireside Chat to talk about the Bring on the Bad Guys trade paperback.

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 16 – SUPERMAN AND SHAZAM: LIGHTNING STRIKES TWICE!

Episode 16 – Superman & Shazam: Lightning Strikes Twice!

This time out I have something of a prologue to this year’s JLMay, the annual tradition where a bunch of podcasters team up to talk about a particular comic series or event, usually involving the Justice League.  This year the subject is Countdown to Infinite Crisis, and the storyline discussed during the course of this episode may seem like a simple team-up/slugfest between Superman and Captain Marvel, it actually sets up a key component to the Day of Vengeance mini-series.  Because this three part story line (that took place over Action Comics #826, Adventures of Superman #639, and Superman #216) features the artist formerly known as Captain Marvel, I just had to have J David Weter (host of many podcasts over on the Two True Freaks Podcasting Network) back on the show.

And a good time was had by all.  Well, both of us.  And my dog Gracie, who makes a special appearance at the end of the episode.

Lighting Strikes Twice is a fast paced, action packed story that was written by Judd Winick, with art by Ian Churchill and Norm Rapmund.  The plot is pretty simple; Eclipso wants to take over Superman and Captain Marvel takes exception to this.  Along the way we are treated to epic shots of both Captain Marvel and Superman, lots of punching, some creepy bits with Eclipso, and a major plot point right there at the end.  There is also a bit with how Lois is drawn that leads to a rant that you will hear more than once during the next few episodes.

Be sure to stick around after the end music for the trailer to this year’s JLMay crossover!

Below are the covers and few select pages from the issues discussed during this episode.

It All Comes Back to Superman is available on a variety of formats.  It’s on Apple Podcasts, the Google Play Store, and even Spotify.  If you like accessing the RSS Feed directly, you can do that here.  Feedback for the show can be left below or you can head on over to the It All Comes Back To Superman Facebook Page.  The email address for the show is [email protected].

Next Time: The first part of It All Comes Back To Superman’s end of JLMay 2020!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT SPECIAL – BEST OF THE BEST: DETECTIVE COMICS EDITION

Overlooked Dark Knight Special – Best of the Best: Detective Comics Edition

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.

Andy and Mike are celebrating Batman’s 80th Birthday for the next year.  It’s going to be fun.  They are doing this by covering stories outside of their normal mandate.

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

This episode is the height of fanboy entitlement.  Last year, DC Comics published Detective Comics: 80 Years of Batman Deluxe Edition hardcover that was designed to celebrate Detective Comics as a title and Batman as a character.  Andy and Mike were not as impressed with that one as they were with the Action Comics: 80 Years of Superman Deluxe Edition.  So, the guys each made a list of the Detective Comics stories they thought should have been in such a book, they talked about those lists, and then they designed the book they would have liked to see.  Some of their choices were obvious.  Some not as obvious.

Below is a gallery of covers from the stories Andy and Mike settled on.

And…if you’ve made it this far…here is the complete list and total page count.  Yeah, this kind of ruins the surprise, but frankly, Mike thinks if you’ve bothered to actually write these show notes that you deserve the treat.

Detective Comics #38 – “Robin The Boy Wonder” (12 pages)
Detective Comics #49 – “Clayface Walks Again” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #64 – “The Joker Walks The Last Mile” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #66 – “The Crimes of Two-Face” (13 pages)
Detective Comics #235 – “The First Batman” (10 pages)
Detective Comics #359 – “The Million Dollar Debut of Batgirl” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #395 – “The Secret of the Waiting Graves” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #439 – “Night of the Stalker” (14 pages)
Detective Comics #481 – “Ticket To Tragedy” (17 pages)
Detective Comics #549 – “Doctor Harvey and Mister Bullock” (16 pages)
Detective Comics #574 – “My Beginning…And My Probable End” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #614 – “Street Demonz” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #648 – “Let The Puzzlement Fit The Crime” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #756 – “Lord of the Ring Part 2” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #831 – “Kind of Like Family” (22 pages)
Detective Comics #858 – “Go Part 1” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #859 – “Go Part 2” (20 pages)
Detective Comics #934 – “Rise of the Batmen Part 1: The Young and The Brave” (20 pages)

Plus 18 pages for one page introductions to each issues and 4 pages for an introduction and an afterword.

Total Page Count Minus Title and Copyright Pages = 332 Pages

Next Time: A special crossover episode with another Batman Podcast!