Sun, 29 March 2015
Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension joins John to discuss the Caped Crusaders' aide in the war on crime, the Batmobile. In this special episode, the two look briefly at its origins, its role as a parter of the two, memorable moments, merchandising, the Batman 66 comic, and personal experiences with the vehicle. Plus, they announce the winners of the East Coast Comic Con prize package giveaway.
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Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 10:48pm EDT
Mon, 23 March 2015
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The Joker sneaks The Penguin into Gotham City to help him with his latest scheme, a series of crimes dictated by the astrological signs of the Zodiac. It starts with the Aries, the Ram and ends with Capricorn, the Goat. What or who is the final target in this scheme? What role or roles does the lovely Venus have in this scheme? Does this episode hold up as an anniversary story, celebrating one year of Batmania?
The answer to these questions and more will be answered in this double length episode as John is joined by Gotham City 14 Miles editor Jim Beard, writer Glenn Greenberg, and independent filmmaker and lifelong Batman fan, Robert Long.
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Glenn Greenberg is an award-winning editor and writer. He worked extensively for Marvel Comics and DC Comics on such properties as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Superman, Star Trek, Star-Lord, the Silver Surfer, Thor, Iron Man, and Dracula, as well as Web-based tie-in projects for the film Superman Returns and the weekly comic-book series 52. His work has also appeared in such publications as TIME Magazine For Kids, Scholastic News, Time Out New York, Back Issue, and Smoke. Glenn has also written several works of prose Star Trek fiction for Simon and Schuster, and is now making the jump to The X-Files for an upcoming fiction anthology that will be published by IDW. He avidly covers all aspects of popular culture on his blog, “Glenn Greenberg’s Grumblings” (http://glenngreenbergsgrumblings.blogspot.com), and welcomes anyone and everyone to check it out.
Robert Long is a full time grapgic designer and independent filmmaker. As a first generation Batman syndication kid, he manages the 1966-68 Batman Television Series Group on Facebook. He has had the pleasure to meet and work with Adam West and Julie Newmar with various projects in the past. Visit Robert's production company - Smash or Trash Independent Filmmaking to learn more about it.
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Jim Beard was introduced to comic books at an early age by his father, who passed on to him a love for the medium and the pulp characters who preceded it. After decades of reading, collecting and dissecting comics, Jim became a published writer when he sold a story to DC Comics in 2002. Since that time he's written official Star Wars and Ghostbusters comic stories and contributed articles and essays to several volumes of comic book history.
His prose work includes GOTHAM CITY 14 MILES, a book of essays on the 1966 Batman TV series; SGT. JANUS, SPIRIT-BREAKER, a collection of pulp ghost stories featuring an Edwardian occult detective; MONSTER EARTH, a giant monster anthology; and CAPTAIN ACTION: RIDDLE OF THE GLOWING MEN, the first pulp prose novel based on the classic 1960s action figure.
Currently, Jim provides regular content for Marvel.com, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.
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Category:Podcast Episode -- posted at: 6:31pm EDT
Tue, 17 March 2015
John returns with a look at the replacement discs Warner Brothers offered for the errors in the original discs for the Batman 66 DVD sets. What did he think? Take a listen and let John know if you agree with him by writing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Direct download: Batcave_File_012.mp3
Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 3:39pm EDT
Wed, 11 March 2015
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The Mad Hatter is back in Gotham City with a new scheme to get Batman's cowl. But will he want it once it's irradiated and turned pink? And will he be able to use his planned deathtrap, a water tower, before the end of the first episode, or will it be another afterthought as in his last outing? These questions will be answered on an all new Batcave Podcast!
Joining John to discuss this episode is Dan Greenfield, creator and author of the 13th Dimension website.
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Dan Greenfield is the editor and co-creator of 13thDimension.com, a website devoted primarily to comics and pop culture, past and present. To him, the basic food groups are Batman, Planet of the Apes, Star Trek (the Original Series), James Bond, the Beatles and the Stones. But if he had to he'd be able to subsist on Batman alone. Channel 11 in New York was his favorite syndicated channel as a kid -- you can guess why -- followed closely by Channel 5. Channel 9 didn't really enter into it unless he was home sick and there wasn't much else on. He's married to his remarkably patient wife Wendy and his best sidekick is his son, Sam. They have two cats,Lex and Zod.
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Category:Podcast Episode -- posted at: 8:32pm EDT
Tue, 3 March 2015
From the Files of the Batcomputer 11: Lenny Schwartz on Co-Creator - Bill Finger - The Man Behind the Bat
John sits down with the writer and director of Co-Creator: Bill Finger - The Man Behind the Bat. They discuss the origin of the the play, Finger's legacy, his contribution to Batman 66, and more. Take a listen and learn how you can attend the premiere of the play in April.
Lenny Schwartz is the writer/ director of such plays asSubject 62, Buster Keaton: Fade to Black, Lucy, The Wire Game, Higher Methods and Fidelity as well as many others. He is also the screenwriter of with Scorpio Film Releasing's film Murder University which is available on DVD in national distribution as well as the films Normal (going around to film festivals) and Accidental Incest (premiering March 22 2015 in RI) as well as Breaking Branches Pictures release Subject 62. He currently lives in RI and directs his plays in RI and NYC.
Direct download: Batcave_File_011.mp3
Category:From the Files of The Batcomputer -- posted at: 8:27pm EDT