Saturday, May 31, 2014

Classic Comics Collection: Robin Vol. 2

DC Comics has issued their second volume of Robin stories (Batman's sidekick) in the DC Archive
DC Archives: Robin Vol. 2
Editions. I love Batman and Robin, and Robin is one of my all time favorite heroes, so when I learned about this collection of classic stories from the 1940s I wanted to enjoy it.
   Robin Archives Volume 2 (Hardcover) was published in Apr. of 2010 and has 256 pages of classic, full color stories of Robin in solo adventures as they appeared in Star Spangled Comics. All of the stories were drawn by Batman and Robin creator Bob Kane, but there were various writers. In fact, the writers were not listed, so DC Comics assumes they consisted of Don Cameron, Bill Finger, David Vern Reed and Jack Schiff.
  Although Robin was depicted in these stories as being in high school, he was able to drive the Batmobile and fly the Batplane - so he was quite the teenager. The stories really reflect the era of the 1940s, too. Reading them and looking at the artwork will be like a history lesson of how comics viewed society at the time.

   The covers of each issue of Star Spangled Comics are also reprinted in the book. Robin usually took a back seat on the covers to a frontier fighting character named Tomahawk who was actually quite popular in the 1940s. He was a "Daniel Boone-type" hero that battled pirates and native Americans on the wild frontier of the early U.S. Today, that kind of character wouldn't be nearly as well-received.
Tim Drake: the 3rd Robin
  The stories are classic, and the collection, like the first hardcover collection are enjoyable and well-worth reading. - Rob
 (Comics fans know the original Robin was Dick Grayson. He assumed a new identity as Nightwing and Jason Todd became Robin before being murdered by the Joker (and resurrected). Tim Drake then became Robin #3 and moved onto becoming Red Robin. Robin #4 was Stephanie Brown for a brief time before being fired by Batman, and then Robin #5 was Damian Wayne, Bruce's illegitimate son with a female assassin (who drugged Batman and got intimate with him), who was later killed by assassins. Currently, there is no Robin!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

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