On this day in 1989, Tim Drake made his debut in the pages of Batman #436. Created by Marv Wolfman and Pat Broderick --- and named for Tim Burton, director of the Batman movie released that year --- the kid who had an unfortunate front-row seat for the Flying Graysons' last performance would grow up to be the third Boy Wonder to take the identity of Robin, partnering with Batman to fight crime in Gotham City.
In the years since, Tiim has become one of the most prominent characters in the Batman mythos. He found success not only as the Dark Knight's sidekick, but as a solo character with an ongoing series that lasted for over 150 issues, and he formed the cornerstone of not one but two relaunches of Teen Titans. Three, if you count Young Justice.
In today's polls, we look at love in the Bat-family, where romance typically takes a backseat in the Batmobile to justice, punching, and moping. Is there such a thing as a great love interest in Batman's life? Do Tim and Steph belong together, and is Dick meant to be happy ever after with Babs or Kory or you? (It's you, isn't it? We didn't include a poll for that one, because it was always Dick and you.)
DC's big Convergence event seems set to bring back a lot of familiar faces, with solicitations teasing new stories featuring characters ranging from Ryan Choi through to the married Clark Kent and Lois Lane. But more than anyone else, it's the return of a certain blonde Batgirl that really got people talking.
After recently showing up in Batman: Eternal under her guise as Spoiler, this April sees the return of Stephanie Brown as Batgirl, for a two-part story from the creative team of Alisa Kwitney, Rick Leonardi, and Mark Pennington. Trapped under one of Brainiac's domes as part of Convergence, the two-parter sees Stephanie, Cassandra Cain and Tim Drake join forces to protect Gotham from -- what else? -- a giant rampaging gorilla. Gorilla Grodd, no less. And Catman's there too! With so much going on in just two issues, we spoke to Kwitney about what we can expect from Stephanie Brown's return this April.
Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!
Q: Who is or was the best Robin? What is the Best Robin moment in Comic Book History? -- @danceformyhorse
Superhero comics have a diversity problem. The leading characters are largely male, mostly white, and overwhelmingly straight. By definition, well-established characters come from an era when the culture was even straighter, whiter and more male than it is today, and as a result the characters fail to represent the diversity of their audience.
When word broke that Tim Drake was designed with a potential cage fighting background in mind in Batman: Arkham City, fans were a little flustered. Tim's traditionally been more about brains than brawn, after all. It's too soon to know exactly how this personality
If you haven't been sold on Batman: Arkham City's more brooding take on Tim Drake thus far, the Arkhamcity.co.uk board has spotted additional looks for the anti-Boy Wonder that might be more your speed. An image collecting the standard outfit along with Drake's Red Robin and (Dick Grayson's) Batman: The Animated Series
Fans rejoiced last month when it was finally confirmed that Robin would be a playable character within the Best Buy exclusive challenge maps of Warner Bros. and Rocksteady Studios' Batman: Arkham City. Aside from a clean black and white image to look at, though, Robi
After being 'dead' for about a month and traveling through time for upwards of a year, Batman has finally returned. It's doubtful that anyone missed his return to the world of the contemporary living, since he did it in about ten different books over the last two months
In the latest issue of Red Robin, Tim Drake took some time off from orchestrating a shadowy master plan, re-connecting with his old ally Cassandra Cain and hugging his newly-back-from-the-dead adoptive father to make out with a lovely lady on a rooftop. Since the per
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