|DC Archives: Robin Vol. 2|
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 HISTORY OF 5 ROBINS -
(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!