Long time readers of this blog know i’ve already talked about Dick Grayson at length in a 2 part post early on. But since it’s been awhile (and he’s my favorite DC Comics character) I thought I’d update everyone on what he’s up to now. I’m sure all you big Batfans know that Dick was the first Robin, then moved on to the Nightwing identity and leader of the Teen Titans.
Do you know who would be an interesting character for the Gotham TV show? Dr. Kirk Langstrom, the alter ego of the Man-Bat! No, not Batman, Man-Bat. Dr. Kirk Langstrom, the Man-Bat, first appeared in Detective Comics #400 (June 1970). Kirk was a scientist specializing in Chiropterology, the study of bats. He develops an extract hoping to give humans a sonar sense similar to bats. He hopes to cure deafness in this way since he himself was going deaf. The extract works but also turns Kirk into a mindless man sized bat until Batman subdues and cures him.
It was towards the end of 2010, Bruce Wayne had just come back from certain death (a body had been discovered at the end of Final Crisis that Superman verified was Batman). Dick Grayson (NIghtwing) had taken on the role of Batman in his absence. So how do you decide who’s Batman? You don’t! If you're Bruce Wayne you not only have 2 Batmans (Batmen?), you hold a press conference to announce that you are the financial backer behind Batman. You also announce that “Batman” is starting an international crime fighting force under the banner of “Batman Incorporated”. All this, the brain child of writer Grant Morrison, took place in the final pages of Batman & Robin #16 (November 2010).
This week focus is on Jason Todd, the second Robin. Jason first appeared in Batman #357 (March 1983). At this point, he had an identical origin to Dick Grayson. Jason was the son of circus acrobats that were killed by a criminal seeking protection money. The red haired boy was taken in and trained by Batman, then decided to dye his hair black so the public would assume he was the first Robin. Jason did not
My name is Phil Perich and you may have heard me on the Before the Bat: The Gotham Podcast so you may have some idea of my love of all things Batman. You’ll see any and all things about Batman here every week, whatever pops into my head about Batman and...