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1949 - Episode One
"Batman Takes Over"
Batman and Robin are called into service when a device that can control vehicles is stolen by the Wizard. Who is the Wizard and what is his ultimate goal?
John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave and we're discussing the 15 chapter movie serial of 1949. There are many elements that we would recognize from the comics, but in the end, is this finally proper Batman? We get into that and lament what wasn't to be seen in this serial.
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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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