THE OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 81 – HAPPY CHRISTMAS 2023

Episode 81 – Happy Christmas 2023

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

It’s Christmas time, so Andy and Mike thought it would be fun to look at not one but two Yuletide themed Batman stories. Or, at the very least, two stories that take place at Christmas. First up is Brave and the Bold #184, where the Huntress of Earth-2 crosses over to Earth-1 to spend the holidays with her Uncle Bruce and ends up helping Bruce through a crisis of faith when it comes to light that Thomas Wayne might have been a criminal!

Spoiler warning…he wasn’t.

Then they look at a story from DC Special Series #21, which featured early Batman work from Frank Miller. Batman is investigating some criminal activity and ends up having to save an ex-con who has had a change of heart because of his job as a department store Santa. There’s also something about a star that was a running theme through that special. Mike also nearly ends the show when Andy makes a comment about All-Star Batman and Robin.

Below are the covers and select pages from the comics covered 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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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.

The opening and closing theme for the show the time out was “We Wish you a Merry Christmas” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Next Time: No clue!

IT ALL COMES BACK TO SUPERMAN SERIES TWO EPISODE 1: HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, SUPERMAN! PART 1 – 45/40/35/30/10

Episode 1: Happy Birthday, Superman! Part One – 45/40/35/30/10

Welcome to the first episode of It All Comes Back to Superman Series Two, the pretty much the same, not really all that new reaffirmation of my Kryptonian faith. I am your host, Michael Bailey, and this time out I am starting a two part series celebrating Superman’s 85th anniversary because…I really want to.

It’s just that simple.

For this first installment I do an off the cuff solo episode where I talk about six of the sub-anniversaries happening during Superman’s 85th. Superman The Movie, Superman III, the Ruby Spear Superman animated series, the live action Superboy series, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, and Man of Steel all have big anniversaries this year and I thought it would be fun to go through them all in one shot instead of devoting specific episodes to them for…reasons. Various reasons. Reasons I go through during the episode itself.

I mentioned during the episode that I had done a commentary for Superman The Movie back in 2013. That was on episode 153 of Views From The Longbox, which I don’t have a handy link to…sadly…because the post with the show notes for that episode no longer exists. Views is readily available on just about all podcatching services, so it should be easy to find.

For those interested, episode 155 of Views was a commentary for Superman II and episode 162 was the commentary for Superman IV that I did with Scott Gardner. Not to be outdone, if you search for episode 135 of the Palace of Glittering Delights where Andy Leyland had me on to yak over the “coherence cut” of Superman IV.

Feedback for It All Comes Back To Superman Series Two can be sent to itallcomesbacktosuperman@gmail.com. You can subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts/iTunes or stream it through Spotify and AudibleThe Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network is on Patreon. It’s mostly a tip jar as I have no time at the moment to produce exlcusive content, but if you like the content I do produce please consider contributing a dollar a month.

The opening and closing theme to the show is titled Journey and was composed by Pontus Rufelt. It is licensed from Shockwave-Sound.

Next Time: The second part of Happy Anniversary, Superman!

THE OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 80 – JOKER: THE DEVIL’S ADVOCATE OR THE PEOPLE VS. JACK NAPIER

Episode 80 – The Joker: Devil’s Advocate or The People vs Jack Napier

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

This time out Andy and Mike take a look at the 1995 graphic novel Joker: The Devil’s Advocate. Written by Chuck Dixon with art by Graham Nolan and Scott Hanna this story explores what happens when the Joker is finally put on trial for his crimes. The problem? Batman doesn’t believe that the Joker is behind the murders he is being tried for. The hook? Batman’s right. The guys talk about the writing, the art, and the deeper ideas explored in this story up to and including captial punishment. After that Andy and Mike go through your feedback from previous episodes!

Below are the cover and select pages from the book discussed during 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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: The guys celebrate Christmas 2023!

THE OVERLOOKE DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 79: PLEASE HAMA DON’T HURT EM

Episode 79: Please Hama, Don’t Hurt Em

Welcome back to The Overlooked Dark Knight, the podcast that shines a light on Batman stories hardly anyone talks about!

In this exciting episode Andy and Mike talk about the very brief seven issue Batman run written by Larry Hama. It was the dawn of a new age in Gotham. No Man’s Land was over, a new century was beginning, and the Batman titles underwent a seismic creative shift with newer writers either taking on over taking over the exploits of the Dark Knight. Novelist Greg Rucka was writing Detective Comics. Devin Grayson, plucked from the cream of the fan fiction crop, took on new title Batman: Gotham Knights. But what about the flagship title Batman? Well, that fell to veteran writer and editor Larry Hama. Best known for his work on G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero and Wolverine, Hama jumped over to DC Comics to write one of their best known and most popular characters. It seemed like a good fit. Hama was known for world building and writing action packed stories with clever dialogue.

So why did his run last only seven issues?

Andy and Mike talk about all seven of those issues and try to answer that question by looking at Batman issues 575 to 581. They talk about characters such as Banner and Orca and the themes that Hama seemed to be exploring as well as the style of his writing, which didn’t seem to mesh with the new Batman ethos. They also talk about the art by Scott McDaniel where a rare disagreement between the hosts breaks out in a fierce, no holds barred, two men enter, one man leaves Thunderdome battle.

Actually, it’s a mild disagreement. That’s all.

Below are the covers from the books discussed during 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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: The guys talk about The Joker: Devil’s Advocate!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 78 – THE ULTIMATE BAT LIBRARY

Episode 78 – The Ultimate Bat Library

Welcome to the seventy-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.

This time out the guys are taking requests…or at the very least a request…and talking about what books they consider to be part of an essential library of Batman collected editions. What was the criteria that Andy and Mike set up for themselves? What books did they both pick? What are the most obvious choices and which choices are out of left field? Listen and find out already!

No images this time to keep their choices a surprise!

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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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 Audible and Spotify.

The opening and closing theme for the show is Superhero Intro by Stringer Bell and taken from the royalty free site Pixma Bay.

Next Time: Andy and Mike take a look at the original graphic novel The Joker: Devil’s Advocate!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT GOES TO THE MOIVES PRESENTS…THE FLASH

The Overlooked Dark Knight At The Movies Presents…The Flash!

Welcome to the first installment of what Mike arbitrarily decided to call The Overlooked Dark Knight At The Movies! This is an occasional show where instead of talking about Batman stories people hardly ever talk about they will talk about Batman movies and television shows that everyone has probably already talked about. Sometimes it will be a commentary and sometimes, like this time, it will be a general discussion of the film or show.

This time out the guys decided to talk about 2023’s The Flash. Why? Because despite being a movie that is ostensibly about a character named the Flash there was a surprising amount of Batman in it. To be fair, Andy wasn’t going to watch this movie at all, but Mike felt he had to because he will be discussing parts of it at DragonCon this year and not watching the movie and doing so would have felt weird. Andy, being the good friend he is, decided Mike shouldn’t suffer alone, so he too watch this movie and boy did they have thoughts about it.

Not all good ones.

Primarily not good ones.

Over the course of this spoiler filled two hours Andy and Mike talk about this film from all angles. The special effects. The action set pieces. Ezra Miller’s performances. The various Batmen that show up. Wonder Woman’s appearance. Why Supergirl is probably the best part of the movie overall. Comic book films in general. This conversation has it all.

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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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.

The opening and closing theme to this show is titled Epic Heroic Cinematic Trailer by Alex Kizenkov obtained royalty free from Pixabay.

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 Audible and Spotify.

Next Time: Andy and Mike pick out the Batman trades and hardcovers that they would put in an ultimate Batman library.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 77 – THE PENNY STOCKS OF VILLAINS

Episode 77 – The Penny Stocks of Villains

Welcome to the seventy-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.

This time out Andy and Mike once again stick to their mandate (which is becoming something of a habit lately) and talk about a seemingly random issue of Batman that Mike picked out for a specific reason. Why did he choose Batman #336? Well, you’ll have to listen to find out but the guys sure do have a fun time talking about this issue. You have a C level villain trying to take advantage of Z level villains and Batman taking them all on. It’s just so good.

Then Mike (for reasons that make sense in the episode) asks Andy but what it was like buying comics in the UK in the late seventies and eighties and then goes into his own formative comic buying experiences. The conversation continues in that direction for the back half of the episode and you get to learn more about the hosts when they were lads and these were all fields. Mike also analyzes Andy’s reading habits and why he chose the DC books he read despite being more of a Marvel fan.

Below is the cover and select pages from the comic discussed during 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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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 Audible and Spotify.

Next Time: Andy and Mike pick out the Batman trades and hardcovers that they would put in an ultimate Batman library.

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 76 – JLMAY 2023: BRAVE AND THE BOLD #1

Episode 76 – JLMay 2023: Brave and the Bold #1

Welcome to the seventy-sixth 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.

This time out Andy and Mike are participating in the yearly podcasting crossover JLMay! Not only are they participating in it they are ones getting the party started. The subject this year is the 2007 Brave and the Bold series, which, shockingly, wasn’t a Batman team-up book. If this book had come out a year or so later it probably would have been. This iteration of Brave and the Bold served as more of a DC Universe book by mixing and matching heroes and villains to tell a larger story. At least that’s what the book did for the first twelve issues.

In this first issue Batman and Green Lantern team-up after each of them discovered a dead body which, shockinly, was the same man. The guys talk about Mark Waid’s ability to write a good Batman mystery story and add little flourishes of character that make the story come to life. They also discuss the awesome George Perez artwork as well as how this series fit into the overall DC Universe of the time. After that, they go back thirty years and look at Brave and the Bold #134, which also featured a team-up between Batman and Green Lantern and deals with GL defecting to the communists and Batman having to deal with that, which is odd because apparently comic books only recently started getting political.

(Stares at camera)

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

Below are links to the other shows participating in this year’s JLMay!

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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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 Audible and Spotify.

Next Time: It’s Mike’s turn to pick a random Batman book to talk about and his choice was Batman #336!

THE SUPERMAN AND LOIS TAPES SEASON 3 EPISODE 4 – TOO CLOSE TO HOME OR EXCUSE ME, SIR, WOULD YOU CARE TO STEP OUTSIDE?

Season 3 Episode 4 – Too Close to Home or Excuse Me, Sir, Would You Care To Step Outside?

This time out The BAM Crew (Bethany, Alison, and Michael) talk about the fourth episode of Superman and Lois Season 3. Too Close To Home had a lot going for it. Kyle going back and forth between Lana and Sarah after the incident from the previous episode. John Henry Irons not only meeting the alternate Earth version of his sister but having a tense confrontation with Mannheim. Jordan being mad about Sam manipulating him into possibly getting a hair cut.

But the bulk of the episode is spent discussing the scene at the diner, which Mike watched over and over again like he was examing the Zapruder film and will live rent free in his head forever. The Crew examines the scene from every angle from Clark’s motivations to Kyle being a good Dad and friend to Lana’s reaction to the reaction of the guy eating right in front of where Clark is standing at the end of the altercation.

Michael is writing the reviews for Superman and Lois over on The Superman Homepage.  Check out his review for Too Close to Home by clicking here.

Finally, go and check out Alison’s podcasting efforts over on The GeekCast Radio Network!  She co-hosted So You Wanna Be A Hawkeye series and you can find the first epiosde of that by clicking here.

The Superman and Lois Tapes can be found on both Apple Podcasts and Spotify. The show can be reached by email at thesupermanandloistapes@gmail.com.  You can also leave comments here or over at the Facebook page for the show, which you can get to by clicking this link.

The main theme for the show is “Heroes” by the awesome Mike Schmidt.  You can find his work over at Speed Force Music.

Next Time: The Crew will be back to talk about the fifth episode of Superman and Lois Season Three titled Head On!

OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 75 – FACE THE FACE PART 2

Episode 75 – Face the Face Part 2

Welcome to the seventy-fifth 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.

This time out Andy and Mike are finishing up their look at the One Year Later storyline Face the Face. The guys talk about how this story seemingly sets up a more polite/less of a jerk Batman, how the Tim Drake sub-plot played out, the underwhelming resolution, and how the identity of the ultimate killer was just kind of weird. After that they talk about the Post Infinite Crisis DC Universe in general and zero in on Dan DiDio’s influence on the company during his tenure as executive editor and co-publisher.

Below are the covers to the comics discussed during 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 overlookeddarkknight@gmail.com.  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 Audible and Spotify.

Next Time: Andy and Mike take part in this year’s JLMAY and talk about the first issue of the 2007 Brave and the Bold series!