Wayne Manor Memoirs
Summary: Wayne Manor Memoirs is a Batman podcast dedicated to exploring all the crevasses of the Caped Crusader’s mythos. Join Joe & Kendall every other Friday as they research everything you need to know about a new Bat-Topic: first appearances, origins, retcons, and more!
Welcome back Bat-Fanatics to this long delayed, but definitely worthwhile episode! Joe is in Virginia! Kendall has a Stanley Cup winning team! We’re back in business! As a parting gift to Joe, Kendall agreed to watch Batman:The Movie for the very FIRST TIME. That’s right Bat-Fanatics, Joe got to experience all of Kendall’s reactions first hand! Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) star against a quartet of villains played by Frank Gorshin (The Riddler), Cesar Romaro (The Joker), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman), and Burgess Meredith (Penguin). Have you ever wondered “What sits in a tree, weighs six ounces, and is very dangerous?” or how an egg and applesauce represent the United World Organization’s Security Council? We have the answers! So, dehydrate your henchmen, pack your shark-repellent bat-spray, and prime your aquatic animals to explode as we delve into the original Batman movie! Plot Pandemonium - Batman: The Movie
Chris (from the Hey, Do You Remember…? podcast) and Joe get together during a January blizzard in Chicago to discuss the slew of unmade Batman films that existed between Batman & Robin and Batman Begins. A 3rd Joel Schumacher film? Check. Frank Miller’s own script for Batman: Year One? Check. Get ready for a wild ride, Bat-Fanatics! This episode was originally released as a HDYR: Off the Clock Patreon exclusive, so a special thank you to Chris and the HDYR crew for sharing the episode with us. If you haven’t given Hey, Do You Remember…? a listen, go do it! Now! Thanks Chris!
This week, Joe and Kendall plumb the seedy, vaguely pasta smelling underbelly of Carmine “The Roman” Falcone’s Gotham City. For as influential as both Joe and Kendall believed Carmine to be, they were surprised to find they could count the number of times he’s appeared in the Batmythos on one hand. So let's get the freaks out of Gotham as we follow the rise, fall, and return (possibly negating the fall entirely) of the original crime boss of Gotham City, Bat-Fanatics! Infinite Origins: Batman #405 - 408 (Batman: Year One), The Long Halloween Continuity Crisis: Batman: Eternal Outside the Panel: Batman Begins, Gotham, Batman: The Telltale Series
Brace yourselves Bat-Fanatics, never before have we laughed so much during a recording… too bad Joe jacked the sound quality… Kendall and Joe visit the post-apocalypse in Jack “the King” Kirby's longest running DC comic, “Kamandi: the Last Boy on Earth.” Roman Tigers? Check. Ape Town, USA? Check. Captured shirtless blond kid? Check. Seriously this comic is nuts, but in all the best ways. So protect your supplies from the Rats, herd your humans, and set your cyclo-heart to fission as we examine life after the Great Disaster. Infinite Origins: Kamandi: the Last Boy on Earth #1 - 6 Outside the Panel: Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Joe and Kendall welcome Kristen (of the Sunnydale Stacks) as they tackle the Batgirl soft reboot known as “The Batgirl of Burnside”. Babs gets a new practical purple (!!!) costume to kick baddie butt in the trendy Gotham burb of Burnside! Watch her start with hero-ing back at square one , build a super heroic social media presence, and go brain-to-brain with a villain you’ll never expect. The redesign is a lot of fun and we’re excited that we were able to share our enjoyment with Kristen. Secure your data Bat-Fanatics, we’re about to fight crime Millennial style! Plot Pandemonium: Batgirl: Batgirl of Burnside (Batgirl vol 4 #35-40)
With what one might call “electric” excitement for the new SHAZAM! movie, Joe and Kendall decided to look at the complex history of one of their favorite characters: Captain Marvel. From his humble beginnings at Fawcett Comics, to the decade of litigation, to new beginnings at DC, to even newer beginnings at DC, and finally even newer newer beginnings at DC, find out everything you need to know about Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Shazam!, before (or after) you see the movie. Infinite Origins: Whiz Comics vol 1 #2, Marvel Family vol 1 #1, Shazam!: The New Beginning Continuity Crisis: Justice League #7-11, 0, 14-16 and 18-21 Extras: Captain Marvel Adventures #1 - 150 (1941), Shazam!: The Original Captain Marvel #1 - 35 (1973), Legends 1-6 (1986), Justice League vol. 1 1 - 6 (1987), War of the Gods (1991), Power of Shazam! 1-4 mini (1994), Power of Shazam! 1 - 49 (1995), Kingdom Come (1996) 1 - 4, Shazam! Power of Hope (2000), JSA vol 1 #26 - 78 (2001), Superman/Shazam: First Thunder 1 - 4 (2005), Day of Vengeance 1 - 6 (2005), Trials of Shazam! 1- 12 (2006), Shazam!: The Monster Society of Evil 1 - 4 (2007), Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! 1 - 21 (2008) - all age stories, The Multiversity: Thunderworld #1 (2015), Convergence: Shazam! 1 - 2 (2015)
Hot on the heels of Hey Do You Remember...?’s coverage of the 1994 movie “The Mask,” Joe & Kendall cover that one time The Mask crossed paths with Batman. Oh you didn’t know that happened? Great! That’s what we’re here for! Find out what happens when the Joker takes possession of the mythical Mask and becomes a (somewhat more) maniacal villain with limitless powers in the last Mask story ever written! Sound too good to be true? It might be. So, put on your yellow zoot suit, paint your head green, and prepare to live out all your cartoon fantasies in this bombastic episode of Wayne Manor Memoirs! Plot Pandemonium: Joker/Mask 1-4
Straying from their formula of focusing (almost) exclusively on the more obscure aspects of the Batmythos, Joe and Kendall jump headlong into the beloved The Long Halloween by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale. If you had ever hoped for a proper Year One follow up, Bat-Fanatics, this is it! Be sure to pack a windbreaker because Joe and Kendall race the Flash through the plot as they make their way back to the Batcave. Why the Batcave, you ask? Because they’ll need the finest Batmicroscope to complete their (far too) in-depth analysis! Pull out your copy of The Long Halloween and listen to the results . . . you won’t want to miss it! Plot Pandemonium: Batman: The Long Halloween
Well, it took 14 episodes, but Joe and Kendall FINALLY decided to dedicate an entire episode to discussing Batman: The Brave and the Bold! Did you know they liked this show? They start by discussing the creative team and premise behind the show, then dive into the first EIGHT (!!!) episodes. Bat-Fanatics, prepare for the epic tale of Jaime Reyes (the 3rd Blue Beetle), hear the awesome adventures of the BEST Aquaman (sorry Jason), journey to exciting outlandish locales with Gorilla Grodd, and discover the lapse in Joe-knowledge that is B’wana Beast! Look forward to more episodes in this series Bat-Fanatics. They plan to cover the WHOLE series… just not back to back... Plot Pandemonium: Batman: The Brave and the Bold Season 1 Episodes: “Rise of the Blue Beetle!”; “Terror on Dinosaur Island!”; “Evil Under the Sea!”; “Invasion of the Secret Santas!”; “Day of the Dark Knight!”; “Enter the Outsiders!”; “Dawn of the Deadman!”; and “Fall of the Blue Beetle!”
In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Joe & Kendall decided to turn back the page on Bruce’s love life. There are more relationships than you can shake a bat at, so we ended up choosing our favorite 10. Grab your box of chocolates, light some candles, and snuggle up with your partner for this lovely episode.
This week Joe & Kendall are joined by special guest Chris, host of the podcast Hey Do You Remember, and discuss the first volume in the Batman Earth One line. What happens when DC Comics decides to shake things up and forgo continuity in the hopes of bringing on new readers? Well, it’s akin to adding lime to a coconut: a new twist on a familiar taste. Witness the new, yet older, Detective Jim Gordon (still rocking the sweet ‘stache); the handsome, Hollywood Detective Harvey Bullock; the grizzled, war vet Alfred Pennyworth; and the non-monstrous looking Mayor Penguin. Oh, and there’s Batman. Close your eyes and blow out your birthday candles before the Birthday Boy closes them for you.
Joe & Kendall continue their discussion on the Crime Syndicate. This time they cover the short-lived Crime Society of America, focusing on the heroes of old Earth-2 and the Forever Evil Crime Syndicate. Finally, a Crime Syndicate that’s scary! Holy expanded evil rosters, Batman! Evil Supergirl? Evil Atom? Evil Firestorm? Evil CYBORG? It’s all here Bat-Fanatics. So, return to the evil mirror realm one more time as we (finally) finish the Crime Syndicate of America. Crime Society: Countdown to Final Crisis, The Search for Ray Palmer: Crime Society #1 New 52 CSA: Trinity War, Forever Evil, Justice League vol. 2 #24 - 29, Darkseid War Outside the Panel: Crisis on Two Earths, Batman: The Brave and the Bold (S1, Ep 13 & 14)
What happens when Joe & Kendall try to cover everything Crime Syndicate? You end up with a LONG episode. Fear not Bat-Fanatics, we’re sensible people. We split it in half! This week we cover the original Crime Syndicate of America and the anti-matter Crime Syndicate of Amerika. Watch the Crime Syndicate “Volthoom” themselves out of some nonsense, steal missiles from the Cuban Missile Crisis, get a dark and gritty reboot, and finally get phased out of existence… TWICE! Put on your goatees Bat-Fanatics, it’s time to get… Evil. Original CSA: Justice League of America vol. 1 #29 & 30; 207 - 209, All-Star Squadron vol. 1 #14 & 15, Crisis on Infinite Earths #1, Convergence: Crime Syndicate #1 & 2 Anti-Matter CSA: Earth-2, JLA vol. 1 #107-114, Trinity vol.1 #9 - 13, Justice League of America vol. 2 #50 - 53
Joe & Kendall jump in with a super secret year end special! They countdown their favorite comic series of 2018, generally chat comics, and wish the Bat-Fanatics Happy Holidays! We’ll see you in 2019 with the Crime Syndicate of America. Be Brave & Stay Bold!
Grab your easel and brushes, it’s time to get colorful! This week Joe & Kendall “paint a picture” of the infamous Crazy Quilt. Did you know he was created by Jack Kirby? Neither did we! Following Crazy Quilt throughout Batman history turned into a very enjoyable romp through comics. Crazy Quilt really likes to menace kids though, whether it be Robin or the Boy Commandos. So prepare to be blinded, doused in luminescent paint, blinded again, bleached, blinded a 3rd time, and finally retrofitted with electronic helmet eyes as we colorfully hypnotize you with everything you could ever want to know about the Crazy Quilt! Infinite Origins: Boy Commandos vol. 1 #15, Boy Commandos vol. 1 #18, Star-Spangled Comics vol. 1 #123, Batman vol. 1 #255, Batman vol. 1 #316, Batman vol. 1 #368, Detective #535, JLA 80-Page Giant #1, JLA vol. 1 #34 Continuity Crisis: Villains United #2, Secret Six vol. 3 #2-4, Batman vol. 2 #38, Batman vol. 3 #54 Outside the Panel: Batman: The Brave & the Bold: “Trials of the Demon” and “The Color of Revenger,” Scooby-Doo meets Batman: The Brave and the Bold, DC Super Hero Girls, Lego Batman Movie