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1949 - Episode Fifteen
"Batman Victorious"


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The noose tightens around the Wizard as he tries to maintain his invisibility as the police dragnet surrounds him.  Will Batman catch him?  Who will save Vicki Vale?  And how is Carter still involved in all this?

John and writer Jim Beard discuss the 15th and final episode of the 1949 Batman movie serial.  In it, they discuss the terrible ending, the more organized Batman, and the uselessness of Vicki Vale.

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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, the official Marvel Comics website, and is a regular columnist for Toledo Free Press.





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