Happy Birthday, Dick Grayson!

As my pal Kristen explains, Dick Grayson, the first and best Robin, has had two “in-universe” birthdays: November 11, and March 21. The latter is the most recent “canon” birthday, and fits the spring time imagery of the robin bird.

Dick Grayson is one of my favourite characters ever. Incredibly, 2015 marks the 75th year since he (as Robin) was first created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane and Jerry Robinson to be the Watson to Batman’s Sherlock. Robin is one of the oldest modern superheroes around, pre-dating Wonder Woman, Spider-Man, and most characters in the Marvel or DC universes (he’s even older than Joker or Alfred Pennyworth!).

In 1984, a young adult Dick Grayson decided to shed 44 years of Robin by becoming Nightwing. This was Dick’s status quo up until last year, when he became a secret agent after his identity was exposed to the world. Though there was a brief period in 2009-2010 where he temporarily stood in as Batman in place of his mentor Bruce Wayne, who was thought dead at the time.

To celebrate, here are a few fun comic panels of Mr. Grayson in action.

Batman Black and White v2 #1 (MIchael Cho)
Robin, in the style of the Golden Age – By Michael Cho in Batman Black and White v2 #1
Batman: Black Mirror (Jock)
Dick Grayson as Batman – By Jock in Batman: Black Mirror
Grayson #6 (Mikel Janin)
Agent Grayson By Mikel Janin in Grayson #6
By Unknown Artist in Infinite Crisis
Nightwing By Unknown Artist in Infinite Crisis

Yamini

I'm a twenty-something biology graduate with literary pretensions. I like comics and cake.

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