Archive for April, 2011

April 28th, 2011  Posted at   The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

Legends of the Batman

Welcome to episode five of Legends of the Batman, the show covering everything Batman — from the beginning! The show’s premise is a simple one. Each episode, we cover a month of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

It was bound to happen! After four episodes of peace, hosts Michael Kaiser and Michael Bradley butt heads over a story in an epic clash sure to go down in history, like those of Ali vs. Frazier, Montagues vs. Capulets and Red Sox vs. Yankees! The story in question comes from DETECTIVE COMICS #31 and finds the Batman battling on land, sea and air to save the life of Bruce Wayne’s fiancée when he meets a nefarious new menace in the form of The Monk! Will such a mammoth confrontation mean the end of the Batman — or the show?! Tune-in, Bat-fans, and find out!

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April 26th, 2011  Posted at   The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

Welcome to episode 17 of The Thrilling Adventures of Superman. The show’s mission is to explore the history and development of the Superman in his formative years by chronicling the Man of Steel’s Golden Age adventures in comics, radio and film.

The death of a close friend is the instigator for Superman’s adventure as Michael looks at ACTION COMICS #12. Superman does a whole lot of smashin’, crashin’, mashin’ and trashin’ (and has an unsettling amount of fun doing it) — all in the name of making the roads safer you and I. Will Superman succeed in his campaign? Or will he just endanger more lives than he saves? And what’s this rumor about Superman creeping about under a strange man’s bed?! Only one way to find out!

QUOTABLE:
This is one task I’ll particularly enjoy!
Superman

Action Comics #12

The cover to ACTION COMICS #12 by Fred Guardineer


Swoosh!

Superman strikes a very flight-like pose.


...this makes none.

Sense...


Good as ne-- D'OH!

Superman cares not for your masonry.

Links mentioned in the episode:
Kaman Stowell’s interview with Douglas (Barry) Myers.

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April 25th, 2011  Posted at   Legends of the Batman, News of Interest

Like seeing Nazis get punched in the face? My co-host on Legends of the Batman, Michael Kaiser, has started a new podcast with Jon Wilson (of Amazing Spider-Man Classics, Golden Age Superman and Teenage Wasteland: An Ultimate Spider-Man Podcast) focusing on the Star-Spangled Avenger himself, Captain America!

Go check it out:
The Mighty Shield: A Captain America Podcast

April 21st, 2011  Posted at   Legends of the Batman

Legends of the Batman

Welcome to episode four of Legends of the Batman, the show covering everything Batman — from the beginning! The show’s premise is a simple one. Each episode, we cover a month of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

This week your hosts, Michael Bradley and Michael Kaiser, take a look at all things Batman released in July of 1939, which consisted of one comic book, DETECTIVE COMICS #30, where a certain arch-nemesis decides to make a very quick return, and Batman finds himself once again having to put a stop to the nefarious Doctor Death! Plus, the guys read their first listener email!

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April 19th, 2011  Posted at   The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

The Thrilling Adventures of Superman

Welcome to episode 16 of The Thrilling Adventures of Superman. The show’s mission is to explore the history and development of the Superman in his formative years by chronicling the Man of Steel’s Golden Age adventures in comics, radio and film.

We’re sticking with the daily strip for a second episode in a row as Michael look at the fourth storyline from the Superman daily newspaper strip. Clark Kent, promoted… Lois Lane, demoted?! That’s right… Lois makes her largest appearance in the newspaper strip to date — only to get demoted back to the Lovelorn column! Scheming to get her job back, she gets on to the trail of a wife-beating, jewel-smuggling nogoodnik and hilarity ensues. It’s only a 12-strip story, but Lois is still as full-on crazy as her comic book counterpart. Fun times! Also this episode, Michael concludes his two-part Spotlight on Superman’s co-creator, artist Joe Shuster.

QUOTABLE:
Oh, how I hate Clark Kent! — I tell you, he deliberately set out to take my job from me!
Lois Lane

With a line like that, he deserved to get shot down.

Worst. Pick-up line. Ever.


Subtle, Lois.

How did Clark miss that?


Cross your fingers, folks!

Great action and great cliffhanger!


Some art in this story is just a bit odd.

Superman looks a bit off-model.

Intertitles for this story:
– The strips comprising this story did not have intertitles in the reprints. Not all papers ran the intertitles and it is possible the source for this strip was from one that did not.

Links mentioned in the episode:
Newspaper dailies at DCComics.com

Download the episode directly. Or, you can subscribe to the show via iTunes or the RSS feed! You can connect with show on Facebook, as well, to get updates! The Thrilling Adventures of Superman is also a proud member of the Superman Podcast Network.

Questions or comments? Additions or corrections? Drop a line! Share your thoughts on the episode and the issue.