Good Night!

After completing coverage of the first two years of the Batman’s career, it is with much regret and sadness that we announce that Legends of the Batman has come to an end. Circumstances (a.k.a. life) have changed the best laid plans, and this show can no longer continue. So, we must offer a final, fond farewell.

The show’s archives will remain online until for at least the next few months, so please feel free to re-listen and re-enjoy the Bat-magic. You can also still catch Michael B. regularly on The Thrilling Adventures of Superman and Green Lantern’s Light, and we hope you’ll check those out, as well as the many fine shows linked on the right.

Once more, a huge thank you to everyone who downloaded the show, plugged us, wrote in, left reviews and comments, and, most importantly, listened week after week. You folks are the greatest!

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Episode 28: Year in Review 1940

Welcome to episode 28 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, Michael Bradley and Michael Kaiser take a break from their normal monthly coverage format to look back at their first completed year, going over the pros and cons, the ups and downs, the lefts and rights of all the Batman material released in 1940. And at the end of the show, the two give their votes for the bests and worsts of the year!

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Episode 27: December 1940, Part 2

Welcome to episode 27 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

Michael Bradley and Michael Kaiser tackle part 2 of December 1940, and wrap up another year in the process!  This time Batman investigates “The Secret Cavern” when he takes on criminals with an overly convoluted scheme to rob a gold vault in Kentucky in Detective Comics #48.


Things We Learned:

  • Only criminals care about secret ways to get into gold vaults;
  • Batman does not work in New York City;
  • If a woman stands up Bruce Wayne, something is wrong;
  • Total Bat-Fails are really really funny;
  • Drilling through cave walls is really easy. And quiet.

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Episode 26: December 1940, Part 1

Welcome to episode 26 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

The Batman’s crusade on crime must be going pretty good because, this time out, he tackles a new problem: Family relations! Michael K. and Michael B. take a look at DETECTIVE COMICS #47 where the Dark Knight tries to teach parents the valuable lesson that money can’t buy happiness!


Things We Learned:

  • Sometimes Batman is cool; other times, he’s a creepy stalker.
  • Batman doesn’t care if you run over newsboys.
  • Laying on top of a car is a great hiding spot.
  • Breaking through a door is easier than it looks.
  • Money can’t buy happiness.

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Episode 25: November 1940

Welcome to episode 25 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

The two Michaels move forward in their quest to cover all things Batman by taking a look at his adventures in November of 1940, which is back to one book, Detective Comics #46, where Batman and Robin face the return of a thought dead villain, Hugo Strange, who tries to infect their city with a deadly fear toxin in the case of “Professor Strange’s Fear Dust.”


Things We Learned:

  • Batman’s a sucker for grieving mothers;
  • You should probably lock the door, even if Batman is unconscious;
  • Criminals do physics homework while on the job;
  • Dr. H. Robinson has a successful dentistry chain; and
  • Crazy rage always gets the better of Batman skill.

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Episode 24: October 1940, Part 5

Welcome to episode 24 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

That felonious female fiend, the Cat, returns to vex the Dynamic Duo as Michael K. and Michael B. put the finishing touches on their look at BATMAN #3. A daring jewel heist gets the Batman on the trail of the Cat and a much larger conspiracy in “The Batman vs. the Cat-woman!” Plus, because you demanded it, this episode features a special return of Legends of the Batman Theatre with “The Batman Says!”


Things We Learned:

  • Batman’s town has two kinds of people: Rich and insane
  • Always do a totally awesome jump over the table before going out to fight crime.
  • In 1940, New York City was a really small city.
  • Dick and Bruce both need to be on “What Not to Wear.”
  • Batman talks a lot more than Robin.

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Episode 23: October 1940, Part 4

Welcome to episode 22 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

Michael B. and Michael K. continue their coverage of BATMAN #3, as Batman and Robin take on the seedy underbelly of a criminal organization composed of…children? That’s right, it’s their most juvenile adventure yet as the Dynamic Duo tackle the case of “The Crime School for Boys!”


Things We Learned:

  • The shortest distance between two points is a straight line.
  • Teach kids to be honest…by lying to them.
  • Dick Grayson’s gun show is more impressive than Batman’s.
  • Batman should go back to the “Bat-in-a-box” idea.
  • Criminals that don’t use guns are okay.

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Episode 22: October 1940, Part 3

Welcome to episode 22 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

Michael K. and Michael B. continue their coverage of BATMAN #3, which finds the Batman falling head-first into action and mystery when a strange plague newspapers dub “the Ghastly Change” pours over the city. The Dynamic Duo of the Batman and Robin must them go into action and confront the crafty brain behind the sinister sickness: “The Ugliest Man in the World!”


Things We Learned:

  • Dick Tracy is really a bad guy.
  • Newspapers cause more problems than villains.
  • Batman is not very stealthy when it comes to hiding his transportation. But, luckily, neither are the villains.
  • Speaking of, though… the proto-Batmobile: Free cancer whether you ride or follow
  • Apparently, it is okay to try to kill someone if they accidentally stabbed you 15 years ago.

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Episode 21: October 1940, Part 2

Welcome to episode 21 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

Michael B. and Michael K. continue their coverage of Batman material released in October of 1940, this time taking a look at the first story from BATMAN #3, where the Caped Crusader finds his strings being pulled as he is manipulated and mind controlled in “The Strange Case of the Diabolical Puppet Master!”


Things We Learned:

  • Bruce Wayne has a supernatural “Cossack finding” power.
  • You’re not a puppeteer if you don’t actually hold the puppets.
  • Electric shock therapy is always the first choice.
  • That seemingly deserted abandoned barn?  Not abandoned.
  • Don’t let Robin punch you in the throat.

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Episode 20: October 1940, Part 1

Welcome to episode 20 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 (or so) of Batman, be it comic books, television, movies, whatever, starting with his first appearance in 1939.

The show is back and, with this episode, so is the awesome! Michael K. and Michael B. look at the Batman story from DETECTIVE COMICS #45, which features an old school (mostly solo) Batman story that finds the Dark Knight taking on the returning menace of that Harlequin of Hate the Joker as he tries to solve “The Case of the Laughing Death!”


Things We Learned:

  • Bruce Wayne pole vaulted in college.
  • A rekoj is not what you think it is.
  • Batman knows a lot of dance moves.
  • Never trust the Joker.
  • Old school solo Batman is pretty awesome.

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