Episode 69 – The Real Year One Part 2

Welcome to the sixty-ninth 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 finish their look at Batman’s first publication year to see how the character started and evolved over that time period. There are discussions about Michael’s thoughts on certain story tropes of this era, Batman getting lost, the first appearances of Robin, The Joker, and Catwoman, Jennifer Connelly, Top Gun: Maverick, recent Marvel movies, Miles Teller, and other fun digressions and tangents in an around the Batman stories that were published in Detective Comics issues 35 to 38 and Batman issue 1.

Below is a gallery of the covers from the comics that were discussed in this episode.

And here is the pin-up from Batman issue 1.

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The beginning and ending theme to the show is “The Descent” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 4.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.

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Next Time: Andy and Mike have an off the cuff conversation.


  1. I have really enjoyed your look back at Batman’s actual “year one”. Those stories are a lot of fun, and several lay some groundwork for many future storylines and ongoing villains, even at this early point.
    I must say something, though, about your commentary on “The Case of the Ruby Idol” from Detective Comics #35. You mocked Sheldon Lennox for his plan to sell the idol to Weldon, then steal it back from him to cut it up and re-sell the pieces. I think it makes sense, from a criminal’s perspective. If I could sell the same thing twice (or more than twice, having cut it up to sell in pieces), I would make more money, and isn’t that the point? Make as much money as possible.

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