FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS – MIKE AND RACHEL VS MARVEL PHASE 3 PART 2

Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3 Part 2 – Doctor Strange

Welcome to the second installment of a Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents mini-series… Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3!  For the next six days you’ll be getting a new episode where Mike and his wife Rachel watch one of the Marvel Phase 3 films and then talk/argue about them.  This is all a part of the Fortress’ desire to catch a few new listeners based on the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Because coat tails were meant for riding.

This time out Mike and Rachel talk about Doctor Strange, which they loved but had one or two problems with.  Most of these problems have to do with the first act but overall it’s a pretty positive discussion where Mike talks about how he sees this film in the context of the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe and Rachel proves that, for her, with great power comes the ability to mess with the neighbors that make her mad.

She probably wouldn’t abuse such powers.  Much.

Mike also goes into how the Marvel films have given refuge to actors from other, bad comic book films and the secret plot of the movie Spotlight.

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Next Time: Grab your mix tape because Mike and Rachel are going to talk about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2!

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FOB SHOWCASE PRESENTS – MIKE AND RACHEL VS MARVEL PHASE 3 PART 1

Mike and Rachel Vs Marvel Phase 3 Part 1 – Captain America: Civil War

Welcome to the first installment of a Fortress of Baileytude Showcase Presents mini-series Mike and Rachel vs Marvel Phase 3!  For the next six days you’ll be getting a new episode where Mike and his wife Rachel watch one of the Marvel Phase 3 films and then talk/argue about them.  This is all a part of the Fortress’ desire to catch a few new listeners based on the upcoming release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Because coat tails were meant for riding.

For this first installment Mike and Rachel watched Captain America: Civil War, the game changing entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe based on the 2006 comic book event.  Well…loosely based.  And better.  Much better.  With characters acting in character and actions stemming from past stories instead of being shoehorned in based on what the writer needs at the moment.

So much better than the comics.

Rachel has a bunch of questions about certain aspects of the movie and Mike goes into how it compares to the comic book version of the story.  What did they like about the film?  What didn’t they like about the film?  Listen and find out.

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Next Time: By the Hoary Hosts of Hoggoth Mike and Rachel talk about Doctor Strange!

 

 

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VIEWS FROM THE LONGBOX EPISODE 264: A LIFE IN FANDOM AND A SENSE OF WONDER

Episode 264: A Life in Fandom and A Sense of Wonder

I’m a big believer in knowing where you come from.  I think having a sense of history is important, which is probably why I loved DC’s legacy characters back in the ’90s and early 2000’s.  I consider Barry Allen meeting Jay Garrick to be one of the most important events in comic book history.

Which is why it’s such a big deal that my guest for this episode is Bill Schelly.

If you aren’t familiar with Bill and his history in comic book fandom and his writings on the history of the medium than you will be by the end of this episode.  Ostensibly Bill is here to promote the release of Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom — The Whole Story, which comes out today, but the main reason I wanted to have Bill on the show is to talk to someone that did this sort of thing before I did.  You’ll get to hear how Bill got into comics in the early sixties, his time creating fanzines, a fateful encounter with editors at DC Comics, his short lived life as a comic book retailer and so much more.

In talking with Bill I got the sense of what it must have been like for Barry Allen to meet Jay Garrick and I can’t thank him enough for that.

You can purchase a copy of Sense of Wonder: My Life in Comic Fandom — The Whole story by clicking on this link.  Even if you have read the previous version you need to pick up this updated and expanded edition.  It’s an emotional story and one that is worth your time and money.  While your at it follow this link to check out Bill’s other books and then head on over to his site by clicking on this link to order books that aren’t available on Amazon.

Next Time: The (extremely late) first part to my Views 10th Anniversary celebration!

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FCTC EPISODE 211 – DEATH OF CLARK KENT EPILOGUE

Episode 211: Death of Clark Kent Epilogue

Welcome to the two hundredth and eleventh 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.

Part index.  Part commentary.  Part history lesson.  All podcast.

A new era dawns as the boys (finally) finish up The Death of Clark Kent and begin talking about a brand new Superman title!  In Superman #102 the Man of Steel teams up with the World’s Mightiest Mortal or rather Superman has a bit of a dust up with Captain Marvel thanks to both heroes seeing the other as one of their deadliest enemies.  Lois and Clark are reunited in Adventures of Superman #525 and not only does it feel so good, but the creators explore why Clark needs a secret identity.  This is followed by Superman: The Man of Tomorrow #1, which not only brings Roger Stern back to the Superman as a writer but also brings Lex Luthor back…back again…Lex is back…tell a friend.  Finally Mike and Jeff looks at the side books that came out during this cover month which includes Steel #17, Showcase ’95 #7 (at least the Mongul story in that book), Outsiders #20 and Loose Cannon #2!

Special guest appearance by a cricket somewhere near where Jeff was recording!

The Cover and Image Gallery for the main books.

Cover Gallery of the Related Books

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!

Quick note: This is not a joke or an April Fool’s gag.  The show is back.  More details below but we wanted to thank everyone that has found the show over the past year and those that have been anxious for the show to return.  We know we tend to dip out for long stretches, but we are committed to continuing this look at the Post Crisis era even as it slips further and further into the rearview.  You are all amazing listeners and we are humbled that you keep coming back even though we tend to disappear for long stretches!

Coming at the beginning of May: New episodes of From Crisis to Crisis!  Lois and Clark Season 2 wraps up!  Superman vs Aliens!  Year One!  And more!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 20: PROPER USE OF BIG BEN

Episode 20: Proper Use of Big Ben

Welcome to the twentieth 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.

It’s a shorter than usual episode this time out because someone (Andy) had a train to catch.

Seriously.  He had a train to catch.  The man was going to find comics.

It’s a noble endevour.

Anyway, things get animated this time out as the guys look at the second issues of two of the animated tie-in comics from the ’90s.  In Batman Adventures #2 the Joker draws Catwoman into his plot and she leads Batman on a chase to England.  Big Ben is involved but it actually has to do with the plot and isn’t just a prop to let the audience know that the characters are in London.  Then in Batman and Robin Adventures #2 the Two-Face two parter concludes with a bunch of people getting kidnapped and Dick Grayson being kind of a jerk to Batman.

There is a time and a place to tell someone, “I told you so!” and being tied to a chair after a scarred criminal kidnaps you is not that time.

Just saying.

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

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: Don’t listen to the lies Michael told you at the end of the episode.  Next month we celebrate Superman’s birthday by looking at some awesome Superman/Batman team-ups!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 19: ANOTHER RUNNER IN THE DARK KNIGHT

Episode 19: Another Runner In The Dark Knight

Welcome to the nineteenth 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 things get crazy…Crazy Quilt that is.  The Robin villain returns in Batman #316 and while there are holes you can drive a truck through the guys have a lot of fun talking about this story.  After all it’s Crazy Quilt…who doesn’t love him?  Then in Detective Comics #486 we get a Maxie Zeus story.  If you were expecting to hear Andy and Mike talk about the aftermath of the death of the Earth-1 Batwoman prepare to be as disappointed as the guy were because holy crap did this confuse them at first.  Sure things happen and stories get shifted and maybe a deadline gets blown but could they have possibly found a worse substitute villain?

On the other hand they could have so we’ll take what we can get.

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

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 Batman Adventures #2 and Batman and Robin Adventures #2!

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OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 18: THE JOKER IS A BIG JERK

Episode 18: The Joker Is A Big Jerk

Welcome to the eighteenth 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 the Joker proves that he’s just a big jerk.  Actually, he’s more than a jerk, but the guys try to keep this family friendly. Oddly enough the Joker is not the main villain in either of the books the guys discuss during the course of this episode but he definitely sets things in motion. In Batman Adventures #1 the Penguin hatches a crime thanks to the prodding of the Clown Prince of Crime while over in Batman and Robin Adventures #1 the Joker gets bored and uses his criminal genius to make Two-Face believe that Bruce Wayne and Harvey Den’t fiance Grace are having relations. Either way, the Joker is a huge jerk even though he’s kind of funny at times.

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

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 Batman #316 and Detective Comics #486!

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IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN EPISODE 6: THE SUPERMAN THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN

Episode 6: The Superman That Might Have Been

For the sixth episode of the show I am joined by Trentus Magnus to discuss the Supeman that might have been. Back in 1999 the Superman titles went through a regime change when Eddie Berganza took over as editor and made some major adjustments to the creative teams. Gone were the likes of Dan Jurgens and Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove and in were the likes of Jeph Loeb and Joe Kelly and the hundred guys that wrote Adventures of Superman before Joe Casey took over the book. The thing is there could have been another team of creators entirely and the plans they had would have changed Superman even more than what eventually happened to the character in the early 2000’s. Writers Mark Waid, Tom Peyer, Mark Millar and Grant Morrison put together a proposal that would have revamped Superman for the next millennium with a direction that is both awesome and worrisome at the same time. Magnus and I go through the proposal and along the way talk about our thoughts on the elements that these four powerhouse writers wanted to change or keep (but mostly change). It’s a fun conversation that ended up taking longer to release than I thought and for that I apologize to both Magnus and you, the listeners.

After that I am solo with the usual listener feedback section as well as my thoughts on the return of the red trunks, Action Comics #1000’s many covers and the fact that Brian Michael Bendis is going to be the main writer on Superman starting in May.

The proposal Trentus and I are referring to can be found at Superman Thru The Ages and if you click this link you will be taken to the history of the proposal and the proposal itself.

Trentus Magnus hosts Trentus Magnus Punches Reality over at The Two True Freaks Podcasting Network. During episode I mentioned that Trentus did a fantastic look at the Pre-New 52 Legion and that I would put that episode number in the show notes. I don’t know if it’s the cold I currently have or what but I cannot find that episode number to save my life. Still, check out Trentus’ show. It’s good value.

Next Time: Something fun. I’m not sure what it’s going to be just yet but something fun.

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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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