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Junior SuperFriends Team Member

Robin
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Information
Real name: Richard Grayson
AKA: Robin
The Boy Wonder
The Teen Wonder
Red Robin
Nightwing
Species: Human
Homeworld: Earth
Universe: Earth-1A
Hair: Black
Relatives: John Grayson (father)
Mary Grayson (mother)
Bruce Wayne (foster father)
Mar'i Grayson (daughter)
Base: Hall of Justice
Affiliations: SuperFriends
Batman Family
Teen Titans[1]
Weaponry: Utility Belt
has a wide range of devices
Voiced/Played: Casey Kasem[2]
Arturo Mercado[3]
Burt Ward[4]
Aldo Stella[5]
Dick Grayson Gallery
Dick

Dick Grayson

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Robin as he appeared in Season 9

Dick Grayson was the young ward to Bruce Wayne, aka the Batman. Dick was probably born in 1955. Bound together by the tragedy they share, Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson's lives are distinctly similar.


Background Information

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Dick Grayson was the youngest of a family act called the "Flying Graysons". At the age 10, a gangster named Boss Zucco had been extorting money from the circus and killed Grayson's parents, John and Mary, by sabotaging their trapeze equipment as a warning against defiance.[6]

Batman investigated the crime and, as his alter ego billionaire Bruce Wayne, had Dick put under his custody as a legal ward. Batman rigorously trained the boy, teaching him hand-to-hand combat, martial arts, and detective skills. During this time he came to love Batman as a second father. Together they investigated Zucco and collected the evidence needed to bring him to justice.

Batman creates a costume for Dick, consisting of a red tunic, yellow cape, green gloves, green boots, utility belt, green spandex briefs and bare legs.[7]

Dick, by the late 60's (Earth-1A continuity), took on the role of Robin, establishing himself as Batman's sidekick and partner. Around the age of 14, Robin helps establish the Teen Titans.[8] Bruce even allowed them access to the empty silo. The teens used it as their first secret headquarters - Titans Lair. The Titans Lair was located in a cave outside of Gotham City.

Robin's stint with the Teen Titans ended dramatically after the Titans were involved in the accidental shooting and subsequent death of world-famous philanthropist, Dr. Arthur Swenson at peace rally. In response to this tragedy as the team searched meaning. Suring this time, the team was offered the opportunity to engage in a training program with Mr. Jupiter, Dick declined and left the Titans to attend Hudson University.[9]

This however, did not prevent him from showing up on occasion to help his fellow Titans. During this hiatus from an active role with the Titans, Dick took on a leadership role with the SuperFriends when Snapper Carr gave up his duties as a Junior SuperFriends Member. He will remain a Junior SuperFriends Member for at least the next fifteen years.

On one notable occasion, he aided in the expansion of the team to include Teen Titans West.[10]


Nightwing

On the parallel-universe of Earth-One, Dick Grayson would eventually move out of Wayne Manor and takes on the new identity of Nightwing, abandoning his persona of Robin, the Boy Wonder (to say this happened in the SuperFriends universe is only conjecture).[11]

The reason he had chosen the name "Nightwing," was because he was inspired by stories that Superman had told him about a certain Kandorian superhero named Van-Zee, who had also used the name "Nightwing" for his superhero persona.

Gallery


Abilities


Equipment

  • Various Bat-Gadgets: Various small hand held devices usually carried in his utility belt and assembled into his costume directly, such as a cape that allowed him to glide vast distances.


Transportation

  • Grappling Hooks: swinging under own power in locale areas
  • Various Vehicles:


Robin's popular catchphrase

Please note that Robin doesn't include "Batman" in his every catchphrase of this type. Most Superfriends episodes have two or more "Holy" phrases. This lines can be and usually are very cheesy.

  • "Holy lifelines, Batman!"
  • "Holy headlines, Batman!"
  • "Holy wild animals"
  • "Holy mysteries, Batman!"
  • "Holy silent butlers!"
  • "Holy microbes!"
  • "Holy penmenship!"
  •  :Holy monster makers!"


SuperFriends Team Members

Members of the Justice League of America

Aquaman (founding JLA member) • Flash (founding JLA member) • Green Lantern (founding JLA member)
Martian Manhunter (founding JLA member) • Wonder Woman (founding JLA member)

Comic Book JLA Team Members:
Black CanaryElongated ManRed TornadoZatanna Zatara
Phantom Stranger (part-time Leaguer) • Sargon, The Sorcerer (honorary Leaguer)

Other Known Justice Leaguers:
The HuntressBlack OrchidCaptain MarvelSupergirlGreen FuryPlastic ManAtomGreen Arrow

SuperFriends Founding Members:
SupermanBatmanWonder WomanAquaman
HawkmanSamuraiGreen LanternFlashBlack Vulcan

Other Known SuperFriends Members:
HawkgirlApache ChiefEl DoradoRima

Junior SuperFriends:
RobinCyborgFirestorm
ZanJayna
Marvin WhiteWendy Harris

Mascots:
GleekWonder Dog


Appearances






Notes

Batman&Robin

The Dynamic Duo!


Trivia

  • Conceived as a vehicle to attract young readership, Robin garnered overwhelmingly positive critical reception, doubling the sales of the Batman related comic books.[15]


External Links


References

  1. As told in the SF comics.
  2. Casey Kasem provided the voice of Robin in The Adventures of Batman, and for the entire Super Friends series, and he also reprises the role on commercials for Cartoon Network.
  3. Arturo Mercado provided the voice of Robin for the Spanish dub of the Super Friends series.
  4. Burt Ward played Robin in live-action, in both Batman and in Legends of the Superheroes, and he also played the role in animation in The New Adventures of Batman.
  5. Aldo Stella provided the voice of Robin on the Italian dub of the Super Friends.
  6. Robin's origin is referenced in the Season 1 (1973) episode: The Planet-Splitter.
  7. Continuity from the Silver Age version of the character.
  8. E. Nelson Bridwell established Robin as a member of the Teen Titans in the pages of the SuperFriends Comic Book, issue #1.
  9. As revealed in Teen Titans, Vol. 1 #25 (February, 1970). This is also referenced in the SuperFriends comic book, issue #??.[?]
  10. As revealed in Teen Titans, Vol. 1 #50-53 (1977-78).
  11. During the early stages of production for The New Teen Titans animated series that was canceled, there were apparently plans to have Dick Grayson be Nightwing in the show. Since the show was never produced, (aside from a television commercial from Keebler) he is never shown as Nightwing. In fact, even if the animated series would have moved forward, there was a decision not to use Dick, since he was already a regular on the SuperFriends animated series.
  12. Go to DC Database for more on Detective Comics, Vol. 1 #38 published in April 1940.
  13. As depicted in the Season 3 episode, History of Doom.
  14. As revealed in the Season 8, episode: The Case of the Shrinking Superfriends
  15. Daniels, Les (2004). Batman: The Complete History. Chronicle Books. pp. 37. ISBN 0811842320.

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