Bryan Talbot’s classic story, “Batman: Mask”, revisited in new podcast

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…

Wanna listen?

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.

Check out Comic Books are Burning in Hell here

Bryan Talbot is online at www.bryan-talbot.com

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 - Dark Legends

Batman: Mask features in the Titan Books collection, Batman: Dark Legends, published in 1996 – available here from AmazonUK (Affiliate Link)

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #39 – Digital Edition (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

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. 

Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #40 – Digital Edition (AmazonUK Affiliate Link)

 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, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. 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 “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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  1. Great to see you shout out Comic Books Are Burning in Hell. LOVE that podcast. Super incisive stuff.

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