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.


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!