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!
Things We Learned:
- Bruce Wayne has a fiancée;
- Bat-aviation vehicles are extremely technologically advanced;
- Military-grade smoke grendades? Check. Chemical knock-out gas pellets? Check. Custom-made Baterangs? Check. Simple pocket knife? D’oh;
- Mutant were-apes grow quickly;
- No, really. He’s engaged.
Images from Coverage:
- Homages to the cover of this episode’s issue appeared on BATMAN #227 by Neal Adams and BATMAN AND THE MAD MONK #1 by Matt Wagner. The latter is the first issue of six-issue series, written and illustrated by Wagner, based on the story told in the issues covered this episode and next.
- Speaking of recreations, check out this one by Bob Kane, done in the early ’80s for someone named Ike. Also, this stained glass version by Brandon Michael Barker is pretty cool, as well.
- Vicki Vale’s ride in the Batmobile from Tim Burton’s “Batman.”
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