I had the opportunity to spend some time chatting with author and speaker, Kevin Smokler (Brat Pack America, Practical Classics). It ran the gamut from Batman & James Bond to favorite 80s movies and great places to eat in Chicago!
On April 18, 1938, the world was introduced to the first superhero. He looked like a circus strongman. He performed feats of strength and daring like Hercules or Tarzan. He defended the common man and stood up against evil and corruption. He was: Superman. Now 80 years later Superman has become an integral part of western culture and his influence can be seen across the world. In Part 1 of our homage to the Man of Steel, John talks the character of Superman and the evolution of Superman comics from 1938 to 2018.
In 1986, Frank Miller introduced us to a dark and gritty Batman who’s pulling a Murtaugh and definitely getting too old for this #@&% in The Dark Knight Returns. In 1987, Frank Miller jumped back and showed us Bruce Wayne’s formative first year as the Batman in Batman: Year One. In 1988, Alan Moore, Jim Starlin, Brian Bolland, and Jim Aparo decided to beat the crap (literally) out of the Bat family by crippling Batgirl and killing Robin. This episode we take a look at two of the most influential Batman stories of all time: The Killing Joke and A Death in the Family.