Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Guide To Golden Age Robin Reprints
True, the Tim Drake version of Robin has had his own DC series, as has Dick Grayson, the original Robin (though his has been as Nightwing and as Grayson).
But, in the 1940s and 1950s, Robin did indeed branch away from the Batman for a time, with his own solo series (occasionally guest-starring Batman, especially towards the end, and even Commissioner Gordon and their butler, Alfred Beagle, as he was called in the Golden Age), in Star-Spangled Comics #65 (February, 1947) to Star-Spangled Comics #130 (July, 1952), and being on covers from the beginning of his run until Star-Spangled Comics #95 (August, 1949), with covers of Revolutionary War hero Tomahawk and then ghost-buster Dr. 13 until the title's end.
But, you don't have to be the world's greatest detective to find these stories, as where to find them in reprints is detailed below!
This story was reprinted in the Batman in the 1940s tradepaperback of 2004, along with Robin's first appearance from Detective Comics #38 (April, 1940) and many other Golden Age Batman stories featuring Joker, the original acting Clayface and even Two-Face, all guaranteed to make you smile!
Next up is a small run of Robin reprints, all collected in the same place.
These three tales were collected in the Robin The Boy Wonder A Celebration of 75 Years collection of 2015 (along with many tales of many Robins!).
Appropriately, this story is reprinted in Detective Comics #444 (December-January, 1974-1975), under a cover by Jim Aparo (which also features the beginnings of an epic Batman/Ra's Al Ghul battle as Batman kills Ra's daughter, Talia), and other reprints including Roy Raymond, Kid Eternity and Star Hawkins as well as a new story of the Elongated Man!
This story is reprinted in World's Finest Comics #193 (May, 1970) under a cover by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson, with Superman and Batman in trouble all on their own...
....guess the World's Finest team still needed to keep Robin on board!
This story was reprinted in Batman #255 (March-April, 1974) with a cover by Neal Adams and Nick Cardy, with a great Batman vs. werewolf new story, and a few great reprints within, including the story of how Bruce Wayne's father was "The First Batman"!
This story was reprinted in Batman #199 (February, 1968) under a Carmine Infantino/Murphy Anderson cover that shows Batman might need that comic instead, and it was also reprinted in the Greatest Batman Stories Ever Told Hard Cover of November, 1988 and softcover of June, 1989.
This tale is reprinted in World's Finest Comics #190 (December, 1969), which features one of the last times Robin worked as a part of the World's Finest team (and they needed the help)...
....all under a Curt Swan/Murphy Anderson cover.
This story was reprinted in World's Finest Comics #192 (March, 1970), with another incredible Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson cover (and the first part to the story mentioned a little bit above....proving what lousy luck Superman and Batman have without Robin!).
This tale is reprinted in Batman #213 (July-August, 1969) in an issue focused on Robin, under a cover by artist Bill Draut and inked by Vince Coletta. This issue also reprints the first appearance of Alfred and of the villains, the Red Hood and the shape-changing Clayface, as well as including an updated origin for Robin! (For those that keep track of these things, this is the Earth-1 Robin origin, differentiating between the original Robin who was on Earth-2, and the Robin who later helped formed the Teen Titans, the one from Earth-1).
This is reprinted in Brave and the Bold #76 (February-March, 1968) under a cover drawn by Neal Adams, and featuring a two heroes, Batman and Plastic Man.
join the Justice Society, is Star-Spangled Comics #130 (July, 1952) with the "Stone-Deaf Robin" in a story by David V. Reed and art by Jim Mooney.
This tale is reprinted in World's Finest Comics #191 (February, 1970), with a cover by Curt Swan and Jack Abel, that has Superman and Batman facing off against Superman's parents of Jor-El and Lara...proving that parents can be killers!
After this issue, Robin went back to only appearing with Batman in Batman, Detective Comics and World's Finest Comics, and Star-Spangled Comics became Star-Spangled War Stories, starting with #131 in August, 1952, and focused on war stories.
Still, there are more Star-Spangled Comics Robin reprints.
Robin Archives #2 arrived in March of 2010, and featured Star-Spangled Comics #86 (November, 1948) to Star-Spangled Comics #105 (June, 1950), with one last shot of the Clock, as well as one-time villains like George Midas, started to have more appearances of Batman, and even an appearance by Batman's girlfriend, Vicki Vale!