The Minstrel, a new villain, has appeared in Gotham City and he's holding the Gotham City Stock Exchange hostage with his extortion demands.  The Caped Crusaders are on the case, but it turns out that the Minstrel is Batman's intellectual equal when it comes to technology.  Can Batman outwit the Minstrel with the aid of his latest Bat-device, the Bat-Drone?'


Joining John to talk about The Minstrel and the lost potential in what should have been a recurring villain is Gotham City 14 Miles editor, Jim Beard.

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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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  • I know I'm a little late in the game here but I just discovered these podcasts and have been enjoying them. I love the entertaining analysis of the show which embraces it's goofier elements without making fun of it or over analyzing it. Keep up the good work. I just listened to this one yesterday and you guys were discussing why Phyllis Diller might have been in the show. She had a show which I believe was on ABC that season called 'The Pruitts of South Hampton'. I don't believe it lasted more than that season but I would venture to guess that is why she was on. It was either to cross-promote the show (her and the mop should have had a Batfight with Batman and Robin) or she was under contract to ABC for the 'Pruitts' so it was easy to slide her in here. You mentioned I believe on this podcast how they go through the list of villains they've faced. When my local station used to run Batman, they ran them in production order so 'The Penguin's Nest' which winds up airing midway through the season in broadcast order actually was the first season 2 episode they ran. It's interesting when you look at that episode because it has the extended recap in 'the Bird's Last Jest' whereas the episodes around it just have the summary of what trap they were left in when you watch in broadcast order. That was a device I believe to get to the action more quickly and also to (try to) force people to watch part one as at this time the ratings were higher for the 2nd part since people figured they'd get the summary of the previous nights hi-jinx. Looking forward to hearing more!

    posted by: David on 2014-11-06 22:13:19

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