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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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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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