Earth Station DCU Classics Episode 3: 1989 – Batman and Hero Hotline

Earth Station DCU Classics Ep 3

For both DC Comics and the world at large, 1989 was the Year of the Bat. Tim Burton’s Batman movie dominated the box office, of course. And while Drew certainly enjoyed the movie (and even collected the bubble gum cards), his focus for this episode is Batman in the comic books. In fact, this was the year Drew became a regular DC Comics reader, starting with Batman 434 and the story “The Many Deaths of the Batman.” And that was just one of several major bat-storylines in the comics of 1989, which also brought us “Batman: Year Three” and “A Lonely Place of Dying.” Kevin’s 1989 pick, on the other hand, is much less dark than the Dark Knight. It’s the obscure six-part series Hero Hotline, about a team of D-list heroes dispatched to help anyone who called their toll-free number. Hero Hotline’s creators were Bob Rozakis and Stephen DeStefano, who had previously collaborated on the similarly lighthearted ‘Mazing Man’ series. We discuss Hero Hotline’s eclectic team roster (Stretch! Private Eyes! Microwavabelle!), its ties to other DC characters (Elongated Man! Mr. America! Calculator!), and the surprising history of perhaps its most important character… Zeep the Living Sponge. Available to all users of the ESO Network Patreon. Click here and join in all the fun and help support your friends at ESO!!

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