OVERLOOKED DARK KNIGHT EPISODE 12

Episode 12: Halloween 2017

Welcome to the twelfth 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 present their first Halloween themed episode in fine style by looking at two Batman stories that are far from overlooked but they’re talking about them anyway.  First up in this Gothic filled episode is The Secret of the Waiting Graves from Detective Comics #395.  This story has immortal villains, hallucinations and, most importantly, Neal Adams artwork.  After the break the guys look at The Demon of Gothos Mansion from Batman #227, which doesn’t have Neal Adams artwork but the Irv Novick pencils are pretty dang cool.  This story features Batman trying to save Alfred’s niece from a cult and includes death traps and a ghost!  Perfect for Halloween!

Next Time: It’s back to normal with Batman #312 and Detective Comics #484!

WHAT THE HECK IS GOING ON?

So…some of you might be wondering what happened to the Fortress.  Some of you already know, but for the people that don’t here’s the deal.  Back at the beginning of 2017 I announced that I was going to be putting all of the podcasts that I produce/host/co-host that aren’t already part of a podcasting network into my own network.  I decided to call it The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network because it seemed like a good name and I already had the whole Fortress of Baileytude thing going thanks to this site.  The original plan was that I would build a whole new site for the Network and run things out of there but it occurred to me that doing so would be a lot of work and the end result would be having yet another site to maintain.

It’s not that I’m lazy.  I’m just busy and real life can kick me in the teeth at the drop of a hat.

So, I decided that the best thing I could do would be to revamp this site to be the official home of The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network.  This meant suspending the Superman posts but in all honesty I was never consistent in getting those out anyway.  It wasn’t an easy decision but for this Network to be given a chance I thought it was for the best.

With all of that out of the way, welcome to The Fortress of Baileytude Podcasting Network.  This site is still a work in progress as I get everything together but ultimately this will be the one stop hub for (as previously mentioned) all of the podcasts I produce/host/co-host that aren’t part of another network.  For the moment these shows include:

  • Views From The Longbox
  • From Crisis to Crisis: A Superman Podcast (which I host with Jeffrey Taylor)
  • The Overlooked Dark Knight (which I host with Andrew Leyland)

Another show will be starting up very soon and when certain ducks fall in a row concerning my wife I’ll be adding a fifth show to the Network.  Two of the shows (Views and Overlooked) have their own sites and you can access them by clicking the logos to the right.  All of the other shows will be hosted through this site though you can get to individual episodes posts through the links provided.  All of the shows have their own RSS feeds though if you want to subscribe to all of the shows you can do that through the Master Feed I created.  You’ll also notice that Bailey’s Batman Podcast has a link too.  This doesn’t mean the show is coming back but I did want it to be listed as part of the Network.

Again, this is all still a work in progress and thanks to real life getting in the way it will be a month or so before everything is finalized.  I appreciate everyone that has sent messages of support and I also appreciate their understanding in getting this off the ground.

To those that liked the Fortress when it focused only on Superman I apologize.  All of the old posts will still be available through the Categories section and I’m leaving The Death and Return of Superman page up because I’m really proud of that and want to keep it alive.

And that’s pretty much that.  I hope everyone enjoys the new network and site and I look forward to bringing you regular content in the weeks and months to come!

SECRET FILES FRIDAY – TANA AND ROXY

Welcome to another installment of Secret Files Friday!  Each week I present another entry from the various Secret Files and Origins specials that started popping up in late 1997.  While they weren’t as detailed as Who’s Who I have a real soft spot for the Secret Files and Origins line so I wanted to give them some love.  The week’s entry is Tana and Roxy!

(originally published in Team Superman Secret Files & Origins #1, May, 1998)

PREVIEWS OF THE DEATH OF CLARK KENT

So I’ve posted the cover to the Previews that contained the solicitation for Superman #100.  Then I posted the black and white house ad.  Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, is the rest of the story…or the rest of the stuff in that edition of Previews that had to do with Superman #100 and The Death of Clark Kent.  First up is a the listing of the Gems of the Month.

Okay, it’s not much.  Just another shot of the cover, but it counts.

On a similar note.

Again, just another shot of the cover.  Again, it’s a great image and I still thought it was worth posting.

If you are in the mood for something more substantial.

The copy plays fast and loose with how the story actually went but it’s not a huge deal.  This is a piece meant to entice retailers and those that looked through Previews to buy copies of Superman #100.  Hype is the name of the game and Superman kind of fakes his own death so it’s stretching the truth and not an outright lie.

They sure got a lot of mileage out of that image though.

Not that I’m complaining.  I want that on a T-shirt.

And now the solicitations themselves.  Nothing too eye popping here.  Superman #100 obviously deserved the color treatment.  I am somewhat amused that they refer to foil covers as being “enhanced” but that’s because I miss the ’90s.  I left in the solicitation for the signed and numbered edition of The Death of Superman trade paperback because I didn’t know it existed until seeing this page.  It’s a neat bit of crass commercialism as well.  Pimping an older “Death of” story along with a new one just makes sense and I approve of this.  I also love the breathless copy on the solicitations.  It’s practically daring you not to read the issue.

And that’s that for Superman #100 in Previews.  I know I keep writing this but I really wish that cover had gotten a wider release.  It is so sharp and dramatic.  Maybe it will get a retro release in the future.