Episode Ep 38 – Batman 1972


Last week, artist Francesco Francavilla (The Black Beetle, Green Hornet) released a series of images for a re-imagined Batman – one patrolling the streets of a 1972 Blaxspoitation Gotham.

Within hours, roughly three thousand people visited his tumblr and other site – Pulp Sunday – see what the fuss was all about. No one was disappointed. This is one of those revisions that is so picture perfect its simply cries out for a series.


Now DC, I swear, if you publish this book I will buy it. In every format possible. In fact, the teaser images were so amazing that I shelved this month’s original podcast – Colin MacInnes’ mod classic Absolute Beginners – and pumped this show out. I love this episode. I love that Fransesco Francavilla sparked such a visceral response from me. I hope you love it as well.

All art by Francesco Francavilla


Episode #38 – Batman 1972

You Can’t Even Walk In The Park – Johnny Pate (1973)
Mr. Big Stuff – Jean Knight (1971)
I’m The Man – Chris Jones (1970)
Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get – The Dramatics (1971)
Pusherman – Curtis Mayfield (1972)
Easin’ In – Edwin Starr (1973)
Don’t Knock the Cop – Soul Patrol (1971)
You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce (1972)
Torn and Frayed – The Rolling Stones (1972)
Vicious – Lou Reed (1972)
Search And Destroy – Iggy and the Stooges (1973)
Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) – Marvin Gaye (1971)
Tired of Being Alone – Al Green (1971)
Down And Out In New York City – James Brown (1973)
Back Stabbers – The O’Jays (1972)
Everything’s Gonna Be Alright – Robert Moore (1972)
The End Theme (Three Tough Guys) – Isaac Hayes