Episode #15 – Batman 1940: And 80 Years of Cats, Birds, and Jokes

Creating something that maintains its relevance for 80 years is a remarkable achievement, and this year three enduring characters will reach that milestone. The Joker, Catwoman, and Robin: three characters that have pierced the zeitgeist of the pop culture outside of comics and three characters deeply important to the world of Batman — but which of these three is the most important? The panel tries to parse through almost 100 years of story to find the answer.

Joker created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, & Jerry Robinson
Catwoman created by Bill Finger & Bob Kane
Robin created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, & Jerry Robinson


Zack Slater
Frank Melman
Tommy Smithereens

Engineered by Mike BlueLion

Edited by Clifton

Music: Arpy – Dan Henig  
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Episode Notes

Catwoman’s Pregnancy Tease

Visual History of Catwoman Designs

From the first appearance of Joker (above) and Heath Ledger in Dark Knight (below)

Gotham Central: Dead Robin – Available in print and digital

Joker: The Clown Prince of Crime – collecting Joker’s solo adventures from 1975-1976 – available in print and digital

Batman #49 – Catwoman / Joker story from. Tom King’s run before the wedding issue – Available in digital

Batman: Birth of the Demon – Available in print and digital

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