"Star Trek Vs. Batman"

The Dynamic Duo are given a taste of the future when the starship Enterprise is catapulted to the past.  But the Joker and Catwoman are also aware of Kirk and Spock and the power at their command if they can take the ship.

John and Robert Long sit down in the Batcave and discuss a fan film that clearly has a love for the material being presented.  The question is, "Is this really a Batman fan film?"  John and Robert argue that this film, while showing love for the Batman series, is primarily a Star Trek fan film with Batman playing a supporting role.  

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"THE RINGMASTER"
October 2, 1976

Monster Squad was a one season NBC Saturday morning live action show for kids in 1976.  In it, Walt, who worked in his uncle's wax museum, discovered that he could bring the figures of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, and the Wolfman to life.  Wanting to atone for the sins of their past, the trio, with Walt's crime computer set out on a mission to stop evil wherever they found it.

We dive into the fourth episode with the villain - The Ringmaster.  This one is proving to be a dark episode as the Ringmaster holds 20,000 orphans hostage.

John and Joe Crowe of RevolutionSF and the Dragoncon American SciFi Classics Track discuss the unfortunate imagery of Bonnie Bon, the use of "Chekov's Gun" in this story, and a missed plot point that could have been developed into something more.

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Category:Monster Squad -- posted at: 10:00am EDT
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WRITER JIM BEARD TALKS ANOTHER
CHALLENGE FOR THE GREEN HORNET

You thought it was the end of the podcast, but then writer Jim Beard presents another challenge for the Green Hornet, his aide Kato and their rolling arsenal the Black Beauty.  John and Jim sit down to discuss Jim's Green Hornet novella from Moonstone Press, "How Sweet the Sting".  They discuss the challenges and fun moments in writing the book, the unique vision Moonstone Publishing has for the character and Jim's preoccupation with the military in his writing.

Get your copy by ordering from Moonstone Press.

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Category:The Hornet's Sting -- posted at: 9:12am EDT
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1943 - Episode Fifteen 
"The Doom of the Rising Sun"

The final confrontation between Batman and Daka is actually their first confrontation as we discuss in the final episode of our look at the 1943 movie serial.

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're wrapping up our look at the 1943 serial as we discuss the missed opportunities of the story, the unintended campiness, and the similarities with the 1966 TV series.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 9:13am EDT
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"Reading, Writing & Wronging"
April 2, 1977

Penguin has started a school for criminals and in order to pass, you have to defeat Batman and Robin!

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about this episode that is an odd duck.  It has potential and it has some fun moments, but in the end it just doesn't hold up.  The two discuss how this episode may be where some of the hate for Batmite comes from, John's dislike of the Penguin as a character in general, and the heavy use of "Holy" exclamations in this episode.​

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 8:52am EDT
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1943 - Episode Thirteen 
"The Executioner Strikes"

The Batman is closing in on Daka, but will his search lead him to a crocodile grave?

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're up to the penultimate episode of this serial.  The two discuss the missing Colton, the far from normal cliffhanger, and Daka's preoccupation with his crocodiles.

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 10:22am EDT
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"Bite-Sized"

March 27, 1977

The alien Electro comes to Gotham City to shrink the Dynamic Duo and use them to discover America's defense systems prior to his invasion of the planet.

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central are back in the Batcave talking about this episode with a new villain with a familiar name.  They discuss Nom Prescott possibly subbing for Adam West, Marvel's lack of attention to a villain named Electro, and the attitude of the Batcomputer.

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 2:18pm EDT
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1943 - Episode Thirteen 

"Eight Steps Down"

Using some genuine detective skills, Batman and Robin are able to track the captured Linda to Daka's lair, but Batman falls into a deadly trap.  Can he escape?

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're coming to the end of our look at the 1943 serial.  In this episode, they discuss the well used stock footage, the missing Colton, and the similarities with the trap in this episode and in an episode of Batman 66.  

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Direct download: Batman_1943_-_Episode_13.mp3
Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 6:54pm EDT
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"Curses! Oiled Again!"

March 20, 1977

Catwoman teams up with Clayface to steal all the oil in the world.  

John and Joe Stuber of Comic Book Central welcome Dan Greenfield of 13th Dimension back into the Batcave where they discuss the first team-up of the 77 Filmation series.  They discuss the potential for toys based on the characters and the vehicles seen in the episode, they comment on the rotoscope used, and Joe tries to make a Batmite lover out of Dan.

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Category:Filmation 77 -- posted at: 12:27pm EDT
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1943 - Episode Twelve 

"Embers of Evil"

Having escaped another exploding building, Batman and Robin find themselves on the trail of the missing Linda.

John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave and the two are not at all impressed with this episode.  There really isn't a whole lot to say as it's the shortest episode of the serials and of this podcast.  We do continue to lament the loss and lack of sense of loss of Colton to this story.  

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Category:1940s Serials -- posted at: 5:05am EDT
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