Episode 34: Overlooked Celebrates Batman’s 80th Birthday-  Batman Year 3 Part 2

Welcome to the thirty-fourth 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.

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 time out the guys finish up their look at the 1989 re-telling of Robin’s origin that is, for some reason, called Batman Year 3.  In the final two chapters things get really interesting.  Alfred thinks about killing a guy.  Batman works with the underworld.  Nightwing continues his trip down memory lane.  Tony Zucco’s story takes an interesting turn and Nightwing is forced to fight at an orphanage.  In addition to story commentary, Andy and Mike spend some time talking about the other comics that were on the stands when these books were first published.

Keep an ear out for a special appearance by Tom Panarese.

Here are a handful of images from the comics discussed during this episode.

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Next Time: A special retrospective of THE film of 1989…Batman!


  1. I think there was an earlier version of Henri Ducard, who appeared in Detective Comics before issue #27. I believe he’s a mercenary set in the 1600 to 1700 range of years.

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