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The Adventures of Superman
Batman's Great Mystery
Batman is not acting like himself. He's showing up at anti-American meetings and encouraging people to support the Germans in World War II. Robin and Superman team up to find out what is going on. Sounds like the makings of a great story, but is it?
John and writer Jim Beard are back in the Batcave as we're wrapping up our look at the 1943 serial as and taking a break between the movie serials of the 1940s by looking at one of the multiple appearances of Batman and Robin on the Superman radio show. The thing is, who is this man they call Batman? Jim has a lot of issues with this rendition he feels makes the 43 Batman look legit. It's so bad, we spend as much time talking about Superman as we do Batman. Plus, we briefly discuss the Batman Mystery Club pilot radio show.
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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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