Comic News Insider Episode 739 – Birthdayworld!


Comic News Insider: Episode 739 is now available for free download! Click on the link or get it through iTunes! Sponsored by Dynamic Forces.

Reviews: Batman Vol 3 Annual #1, Ghost Rider Vol 7 #1, No Angel #1, Savage #1, Westworld S1 finale

Jimmy is joined in studio again by co-host, Jon Hoche! It’s Jimmy’s birthday on Friday so expect some nonsense to be discussed about that. News includes: Spider-Man will have web wings in the new movie, Aquaman movie gets an October release date, another ResurreXion comic from Marvel is announced, Billy Dee Williams is Two-Face, George R.R. Martin teases some more darkness in upcoming The Winds of Winter novel, The Death Star is coming to Epcot Center, Mister Mxyzptlk is coming to Supergirl, a heartwarming tale from a comic shop about a new reader and more! Leave your iTunes comments! 5 stars and nothing but love! Also, get a hold of us!



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Deconstructing Comics #463: Bat in Time

Is this the sixties, or 2039?

Batman Year 100In a time without superheroes, Batman sightings are reported. But isn’t he an urban legend? Paul Pope brings his unique, inventive style to the Batman of 2039 in Batman Year 100. While new characters stand in for Robin and Oracle, is there a reason there’s no Alfred analogue? Why do Paul Pope characters have big lips? Tim and Brandon discuss this and more.

Batman '66: The Lost EpisodeFrom Batman 2039, we move to Batman 1966! When production of the Adam West Batman series was gearing up, Harlan Ellison (writer of the Star Trek episode “City on the Edge of Forever”, and much else of note) submitted a treatment for an episode featuring Two-Face. While the treatment was accepted, it never made it to the script stage. Finally, in 2014, DC released a comics adaptation of this story, Batman ’66: The Lost Episode, scripted by Len Wein and drawn by Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez (cover by Alex Ross). Does it feel like the show? Who might have played Two-Face? What does this book tell us about the differences between making a TV show and making a comic? Tim and Paul slide down the Batpoles for a closer look.

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RBDHB: The Dark Knight Returns

RBDHB: The Dark Knight Returns

In our semi-final Year of the Bat Special, we cover the much-loved, long-awaited Dark Knight Returns.

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RBDHB: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader

RBDHB: Whatever Happened To The Caped Crusader

The Year of the Bat Specials make a triumphant return with Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s “Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?”, Gaiman’s swan-song for the mythos.

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RBDHB – Batman: Dark Victory

RBDHB – Batman: Dark Victory

After finally finishing up X-Men (for now), the Year of the Bat specials continue with Batman: Dark Victory by Jeph Loeb & Tim Sale.


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RBDHB: The Long Halloween

Fresh off the conclusion of the Knightfall Saga, we’re diving headfirst into the Jeph Loeb stories, starting with the much-loved Batman: The Long Halloween.

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RBDHB Knightfall: KnightsEnd – Part 3

The Knightfall Saga comes to its inevitable conclusion in KnightsEnd. We talk about how the storyline wraps up and what Bane’s up to afterwards in Batman: Bane of the Demon.

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RBDHB Knightfall: Who Rules The Night – Part 2

The Knightfall Saga continues its trend of despair and ultra-violence in “Who Rules the Night”.


Super Podcasto Magnifico! Ep. #176: Batman: Arkham Knight Theories & Comic Reviews!

Episode #176

On this podcast we throw out some Batman: Arkham Knight theories. Then we talk some comics with Starlight #1, Moon Knight #1 and Veil #1. Good times. Listen in!

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Could Rocksteady strike gold again with Aquaman. Foshkos thinks so.

Real Books Don’t Have Batman 2/19/14

The Mercury Metal Man is red, I call foul. Mercury isn’t red. I demand my stories about men in tights who fly and shoot laser beams to have a modicum of realism.

This week we review:
Justice League # 28 (1:45)
Batman & Two-Face # 28 (4:20)
Harley Quinn # 3 (8:30)
Wonder Woman # 28 (10:35)
Animal Man # 28 (12:40)

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Real Books Don’t Have Batman 12/18/13

Now that we’ve got Animal Man in Space, when are we getting Animal Man Meets Archie or Animal Man vs. Dracula?

This week we review:
Thor: God of Thunder # 16 (1:30)
Samurai Jack # 4 (3:15)
The Superior Spider-Man # 24 (6:38)
Deadpool # 21 (11:15)
Wonder Woman # 26 (15:35)
Batman & Two-Face # 26 (19:08)
Animal Man # 26 (23:18)
Harley Quinn # 1 (27:40)

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Real Books Don’t Have Batman 11/20/13

Clearly, “One More Day” is a direction that Animal Man needs to go. I mean, c’mon.

This week we review:
Red Hood and the Outlaws # 25 (1:20)
Batman & Two-Face # 25 (3:30)
Wonder Woman # 25 (7:36)
Animal Man # 25 (10:48)
Harley Quinn # 0 (13:28)
The Wake # 5 (out of 10) (16:38)


ARP – 09 – Knightfall part 2

DC comics published Knightfall in 1993 in Batman and Detective Comics. This story is one of the most famous Batman stories and we were excited to read and discuss this. In this episode, we talk about the key players (Batman, Bane, Robin, and Azrael) as well as the choices the writers made in telling the story.


Talking points

  • Bad Things
    • Malevolent Maniaxe (17:15)
    • Filler issues (20:20)
    • Bat-vehicle designs (22:15)
    • exotic car art (24:50)
  • Good Things
    •  Clayface story (27:01)
    • Batman attracts insane criminals (30:10)
    • Abbatoir’s Death (36:19)
  • Neutral points
    •  Corrosive Man (44:10)
    • Dr. Kinsolving (51:15)
    • Tim Drake (56:33)

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Our next podcast will be  November 17th and it will be part 3 of Knightfall.


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Back To The Bins – Episode 99


“Are We Back?”

“We’re Back!”

Yes, we are!  With the first, new episode of 2013!  With an episode recorded the night before Scott left for Star Wars Celebration VI!!  Sorry we’ve been away so long, guys!!  But, yes… WE ARE BACK!!


Disenfranchised by the modern comics industry, Paul Spataro, Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “View From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) now ply the timestream in a never-ending quest to re-discover and re-connect with that unique brand of fun and excitement that can only truly be found in good ol’ fashioned randomly-selected Comic Book back issues!!  Journey with them now…back…Back To The Bins!!


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Back To The Bins! #49 – The Untold Legend of the Batman


Join Scott Gardner and Michael Bailey (of “View From The Longbox” and “From Crisis To Crisis: A Superman Podcast” fame) for a lively, engaging, and oftimes hilarious discussion as they examine the exciting three-issue definitive origin tales of the pre-Crisis Batman Family in “The Untold Legend of the Batman” by Len Wein, John Byrne, and Jim Aparo!!


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