Nightwingology is the name of my blog and twitter account, where I discuss the history of one of DC Comics' oldest heroes, the original sidekick, the first sidekick to "graduate" into his own role, the original Robin, and greatest leader in the DCU: Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing.
|Detective Comics #38|
Dick Grayson was introduced in Detective Comics #38, in 1940. The son of Mary and John Grayson, Dick was a member of the Flying Graysons, a trapeze act in Haly's Circus, until his parents fell to their deaths, victims of the mobster Tony Zucco. Afterwards, Dick was taken in by Bruce Wayne, who revealed himself as the Batman and recruited Dick into his war on crime. For 44 years Dick served alongside Batman as the original sidekick Robin, The Boy Wonder. During that time, Robin became a founding member of the Teen Titans, grew under the care of Bruce Wayne and Alfred Pennyworth, and eventually went to college.
In 1982 Marv Wolfman and George Perez began their acclaimed comic, The New Teen Titans, led by Dick Grayson as Robin, and introducing new characters like Raven, Cyborg, and Starfire. Two years later, in 1984, Dick decided he had outgrown his role as Batman's sidekick, and decided to give up the mantle of Robin. In "The Judas Contract" he reemerged as Nightwing, a hero equally influenced by the Batman as he was by Superman and the Teen Titans. Dick Grayson became the first sidekick to outgrow his role and establish himself as a hero in his own right, though many, such as Wally West (The Flash III) would follow his example. In his now 80 years of existence, Dick has proven himself a valued hero and leader in the DCU, forging connections with the Titans, Batfamily, Justice League, JSA, Young Justice, Outsiders, Birds of Prey, Spyral, and more.
|Tales of the New Teen Titans #44|
This blog is meant to serve as an expansion of my twitter account (@nightwingology), where I break down and study all facets of Nightwing's long history. Comics, videogames, movies, and TV are all included. My goal is to educate people who may not have been exposed to much of Dick Grayson, and to avoid some of the stereotypes and mischaracterizations seen throughout fandom.