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In the 75 years since he was introduced as the original Robin, Dick Grayson has inspired a legacy and numerous imitators, battled a staggering array of criminals, led the Teen Titans, graduated to the identity of Nightwing, and even assumed the mantle of Batman, for a while. But his greatest achievement very well may be surviving the past decade of DC Comics.
DC Entertainment Co-Publisher has gone on the record time and again that he wanted Nightwing as the “big death” in 2005’s Infinite Crisis, which was underscored in January when he uncovered the original whiteboard pages for the event’s timeline (Jason Todd then would’ve assumed Nighting’s identity, only to be rejected by the Bat-Family). However, it turns out that plans for Dick Grayson’s downfall predate even that.
Following the debut this week of the new Midnight series, DC Comics gets a head start on most of the global Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month festivities with a look back at some of its own LGBT milestones.
In a special edition of DC All Access, host Jase Peeples, entertainment editor of The Advocate magazine, touches upon some of the key characters and storylines from the publisher’s history, from Maggie Sawyer and Pied Piper to Terry Berg and Batwoman to Alysia Yeoh and Catman.
Ed Piskor’s bestselling book series Hip Hop Family Tree will released beginning in August as a monthly comic, a first for Fantagraphics Books. Each issue will feature a new cover and splash page, “director’s commentary” from Piskor and other extras.
Debuting in 2013, the Eisner-nominated series chronicles the history of hip hop, tracing the genre back to its origins in the South Bronx. The 32-page first issue shines a spotlight on those break-dancers, graffiti artists, DJs and MCs who formed hip-hop culture in the early 1970s.
David Aja, known for his work with Matt Fraction on “Hawkeye,” shared an anecdote about his “Suicide Squad” cover project on his Twitter and offered a look at a few sketches he had nearly completed.
In 2011, Aja signed on to be the “Suicide Squad” cover artist just before the New 52 launched, though he ultimately left the project for unspecified reasons. Nevertheless, DC Comics liked the logo he had created and bought it from him. The logo, as pictured above, continues to be used on the title.
Despite suffering a staggering 244 health issues over the course of his nearly five-decade career, Tintin has demonstrated an “almost superhuman” resistance to trauma.
That’s the conclusion made by a group of physicians from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Atlanta following a detailed analysis of 23 of the boy reporter’s 24 adventures.
Last week, DC Comics released an eight-page “The Omega Men” story by writer Tom King and artist Barnaby Bagenda, leading into the June-debuting ongoing series. In the story, as promoted since solicitation text was released in March, Kyle Rayner — formerly DC’s primary Green Lantern and most recently the sole White Lantern — appears to be murdered on camera.
ROBOT 6 reached out to writer Ron Marz, who created Kyle Rayner with artist Daryl Banks, for his reaction on the apparent death of the character, who debuted in 1994’s Green Lantern #48:
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, when you can stock up on free comics, while Tuesday was National Superhero Day, when you could’ve … loaded up on free doughnuts. But today? It’s Batman Day. Apparently.
Sure, DC Comics long ago established Feb. 19 as Bruce Wayne’s birthday, and then just last year declared July 23 as “Batman Day” as part of the promotional celebration of the Caped Crusader’s 75th anniversary. However, this Batman Day is set aside to honor the anniversary of the character’s debut in Detective Comics #27, covered-dated May 1939.
Evangelist Franklin Graham, the son and successor of influential Christian minister Billy Graham, claims Marvel’s outing of Iceman is part of a larger effort to “indoctrinate” young people.
“Today the Marvel comic character Ice Man, from the X-Men series, is coming out as gay,” Graham wrote Wednesday on his Facebook page. “This is another attempt to indoctrinate our young people to accept this destructive lifestyle. God’s Word says homosexuality is a sin, and we are to be on guard against all sin. God calls us to repent, turn from our sins, and put our trust in His Son Jesus Christ who died and rose again to pay the penalty for sin.”
The beer, which boasts a label drawn by Norton and the slogan “A Hoppy Brown Ale You’ll Drool Over,” will debut next week, just in time for the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo.
South Africa has a new defender in the recently launched comic series Kwezi.
Created by South African artist Loyiso Mkize, Kwezi uses the classic idea of a young hero coming of age while dealing with his own insecurities and braggadocios. Whereas DC Comics heroes operate in fictional cities such as Gotham and Metropolis, Kwezi is based in Gold City, a stand-in for Johannesburg, South Africa.
Writing for Time, Rebecca Collard examines how the iconic “long-fanged” skull logo of Marvel’s Punisher has been appropriated by Iraqi security forces and Shi’ite militia fighting against ISIS.
The use of the skull is so widespread that Italian journalist Daniele Raineri last week tweeted photos of the emblem — on a vehicle, on a flak jacket, on pouches — from several locations across the country. The Punisher may be a distinctly American creation, but the Iraqis have made his symbol their own.
For most of its existence, peer-to-peer file-sharing protocol BitTorrent has been associated with mass piracy, a reputation the company of the same name (co-founded by Bram Cohen, inventor of the protocol) has fought against in recent years. To that end, BitTorrent started offering commercial bundles of music and TV shows in 2013, and today unveiled its first foray into comic books: “The Dynamite Mega Bundle,” featuring more than 200 digital comics released by Dynamite Entertainment.
The bundle has both a pay-what-you-want option, with more than 170 comics available for a minimum of $6, along with 30 comics free to download. Comics offered include “Kirby: Genesis,” “Bob’s Burgers,” “Project Superpowers,” “Red Sonja,” “Kevin Smith’s Green Hornet” and the full run of Dynamite’s adaptation of Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of Time.”
Artist Kate Willaert, who has created graphics comparing the heights of Marvel characters and chronicling the evolution of Wolverine, now turns her attention to Daredevil, just in time for his Netflix debut.
Noting that the Man Without Fear “hasn’t had as many costume changes as other heroes,” Willaert nevertheless traces Matt Murdock’s sartorial journey (for Shirts.com), from his original yellow-and-red threads to his classic outfit to his Netflix look.
Vertigo has announced the fall release of two Neil Gaiman deluxe hardcover editions, The Sandman: Overture and Free Country: A Tale of the Children’s Crusade.
The first may seem a tad optimistic, as the six-issue bimonthly miniseries by Gaiman and J.H. Williams III, which debuted in October 2013 as part of the 25th anniversary of The Sandman, has yet to release its final two chapters. Set to arrive in November, the deluxe edition will include all six issues, the gatefold from the debut issue, plus extras like pages from the Special Editions and script pages.
Ahead of the April 1 debut of “Convergence,” which DC Comics bills as “the biggest story in DC history,” the publisher has unveiled an interactive guide to the “Multiverse-shattering” nine-week event.
The above image of Telos hovering before a honeycomb of characters from alternate Earths is likely familiar by now — it was released in November, after all — but on the DC website you can now place your cursor on the individual hexagons to learn more about the worlds they represent. Well, most of the hexagons; DC promises more content will be added.