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The Arkham Sessions: Is Bruce Wayne The Best Parent For Dick Grayson?

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This installment of The Arkham Sessions covers the final acts of "Robin's Reckoning," the highly-acclaimed two-part episode of Batman: The Animated Series, which explores the story of how Dick Grayson becomes Batman's sidekick. As we learned from Part 1, Bruce refuses to allow Dick to become involved in the case of Tony Zucco, the man who murdered Dick's family. For reasons unstated, Batman is determined to be the one to take Zucco down, causing a rift between Robin and himself. Despite Batman's efforts, it is Robin who captures Zucco. In the emotional conclusion, Robin is faced with a decision that could change his life forever.

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CALLED IT: Joe Quinones Draws First Blood In Robin ’66 and Batgirl’s Multiversal Selfie War

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If you've been paying attention to our deep and abiding love for both the concept of superhero selfies and the new Batgirl costume from the upcoming team of Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher and Babs Tarr, then you may have already seen our fully official pitch stupid tweet about Batgirl and Robin engaging in an Interdimensional Selfie War. Inspired by Joe Quinones's amazing cover for an upcoming issue of Batman '66, our own editor Andy Khouri suggested that this could be the start of the 1966 version of Dick Grayson sending pix to 2014's Batgirl, with each trying to one-up the other.

Now, it is happening -- at least in the world of fan art. Today, Quinones posted another great piece, this time of the Batgirl of Burnside receiving the picture from Robin -- which, in case you forgot, he actually took with A ROTARY TELEPHONE -- kicking off the Crisis On Infinite Selfies for real. And not only that, but it seems like the Joker from Batman '89 -- or at least his satin-jacketed henchmen -- are getting involved too.

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Link Ink: ‘Daredevil’ Casts Its Foggy Nelson, Insurance in the ‘Avengers’ Aftermath And Summer Costume Batman

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Link Ink: Radcliffe Interested In Robin Role, ‘Bob’s Burgers’ Comic Will Be ‘Canon’ And Possible ‘Doctor Strange’ Casting

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Each weekday, ComicsAlliance brings you a carefully selected variety of links from around the web about comics and comics-related media, including movies, video games, toys, and whatever else might be worth noting. Quite frankly, these are items you may just need to know about to have a productive day. Take a look at today's hand-picked links after the jump.

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Figures Toy Company Fills The Toy Batcave With Upcoming ‘Batman ’66′ Crime Fighting Accessory Pack

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Figures Toy Company's been furnishing Batman '66 collectors into MEGO-style 8" figures with plenty of characters over the past several months, but they're not stopping at in-box accessories when it comes to the always-prepared Dynamic Duo. A comprehensive 25-piece "crime fighting accessory pack" is coming soon that will outfit Batman and Robin with much of what's seen in the Batman 1996 movie, along with its corresponding TV series starring Adam West and Burt Ward.

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Bootleg Batman Toy Beats Off Opponents With Strong Muscles

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If there are two things in this world that I love looking at pictures of, it's Batman and bootleg toys, and today, my two greatest loves have come together in a truly beautiful way: Over at WeirdoToys.com, they are shining the spotlight on two amazing vintage Batman figures that are unlicensed as all hell, and they are amazing.

The figures were recently unearthed from a storage bin, and from the bright red costume (with a handy label across the chest letting you know who it is) to a description of "Space Flyman" that is simply magical, these are some of the most hilariously delightful knockoffs I've ever seen. Check 'em out below!

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Chris O’Donnell Still Has His Robin Costume From ‘Batman And Robin’ [Video]

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Once a Robin, always a Robin.

You'd think NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O'Donnell would want to forget his time as the not-really-a-Boy Wonder after the dismal reception his last movie in the role, Batman and Robin received (though we here at ComicsAlliance have a real soft spot for it). Yet O'Donnell still has the costume he wore in the 1997 film, he said in a recent interview on Conan. Hear it from the man himself in the clip below (skip to about 1:24 to get to the Batman talk).

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1966 Batman Valentines Are The Purest Possible Expression Of Romance

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I think it's been well established over the years here at ComicsAlliance that the purest and most beautiful way to express your love for another person is by saying it with Batman -- and apparently, we're not the only ones who think so. Thanks to the indispensable Mark Anderson, a cartoonist whose Andertoons blog is an endless source of comics ephemera, we can now have a look at a series of bizarre Valentines from the late '60s, inspired by the Batman TV show!

It's not just the Caped Crusader himself, either. It's probably to be expected that you'd get the Boy Wonder involved, but special guest villains like Zelda the Great are in there, too, and if you've ever wanted to see the romantic side of the Penguin, folks, you are in luck. Check out a few of our favorites below!

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The 10 Greatest Batman Stories By Uncredited Creator Bill Finger

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This Saturday, February 8, marks the 100th birthday of Bill Finger, one of the true unsung heroes of comic books. In the decades of his comic book career, Finger was one of the most prominent writers of the Golden and Silver Ages, contributing to characters like Superman and Green Lantern, but it's his role as the co-creator of Batman where he made his biggest impact as the man directly responsible for Batman's costume and origin, as well as co-creating characters like Robin, the Joker and Catwoman  -- and he did it without ever receiving credit on the printed page.

So to honor the occasion, we'd suggest that you take a little time this weekend to sit down and read through some of Finger's stories to see just how much he shaped one of the greatest characters of all time. And to help with that, I've rounded up ten of my favorites from his work on the Dark Knight. These are Bill Finger's Best Batman Stories.

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Ask Chris #179: The Jimmy Olsen – Robin War!

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Q: Why is it that Robin has endured as Batman's teen sidekick, but Jimmy Olsen hasn't as Superman's? -- @doubting_tom

A: I don't know why, but for some reason, I got a lot of questions this week about sidekicks in general and Robin in particular, but this one stuck out for a pretty obvious reason, which is that I really, really like to talk about Jimmy Olsen. It's weird, though, Tom, because you're absolutely right: As much as I might love the guy, he's often ignored in and minimized in superhero stories, something that doesn't happen a lot to someone who was once a fixture of the cast who was popular enough to hold down a solo title for 150 issues. Meanwhile, we're up to our pointy bat ears in Robins, ex-Robins, dead Robins, potential Robins and Future Robins. It seems a little imbalanced.

But at the same time, there's definitely a logic to it, and there are a lot of reasons that those two characters have ended up how they did. It has to do with when they showed up, the role they fill in the story, how they've changed over the years, and the idea that maybe Jimmy Olsen isn't really a sidekick at all.

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