On a new episode of the podcast, Comic Books are Burning in Hell, Joe McCulloch, co-editor of TCJ.com, formerly of Comics Comics, Savage Critics, and the legendary Jog the Blog, deigns to babble about Bryan Talbot and Batman – at great length!
The team on the podcast describe this as an episode about some all-time “Serious Superhero Comics”, in particular, the great Legends of the Dark Knight deep cut Batman: Mask.
Published back in 1992 in Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #39 and 40, collected in Batman: Dark Legends in 1996, writer/artist Bryan Talbot (2000AD, Luther Arkwright, Grandville) weaves a story in which Batman, injured and delirious, awakens in the hospital. His doctors tell him he is an alcoholic bum, who dresses in a batsuit made of garbage.
Is it some sort of hallucination or is his life as Batman the real illusion? In his confusion, even the Batman is not certain whether he’s really The Dark Knight – or whether his crimefighting career is no more than an illusion…
Comic Books are Burning in Hell is the only podcast about comic books on the internet, with Joe McCulloch, Chris Mautner, Matt Seneca and Tucker Stone.
Talking of classic comics by Bryan, Frank Fazakerly was one of Bryan’s earliest published works – and is available to download and read it its entirety, for free, from the Frank Fazakerly: Space Ace of the Future homepage
Batman, injured and delirious, awakens in the hospital. But in his confusion, even he is not certain whether he’s really The Dark Knight – or whether his crimefighting career is no more than an illusion.
Bruce Wayne may be in the hospital, but he is certain of one thing: He is Batman. Can he escape the doctors and nurses who have become his captors?
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.