Richard John Grayson is a fictional character and superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics , commonly in association with Batman. Created by writer Bill Finger and artist Bob Kane , he first appeared in Detective Comics 38 in April as the original and most popular incarnation of Robin , partner to the superhero Batman forming the iconic Dynamic Duo team. The youngest in a family of acrobats known as the " Flying Graysons ", Grayson witnesses a mafia boss named Tony Zucco kill his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them. After the tragic murder, Batman Bruce Wayne takes Grayson in as his legal ward retconned as an adopted son in some cases and trains him to become his crime-fighting partner Robin. He is written by many authors as the first son of Batman. As a young man, he retires as Robin and takes on his own superhero identity to assert his independence, becoming Nightwing.
Boy Wonderful: Twelve Moments That Defined Dick Grayson | DC
Happy 80 th Anniversary, Dick Grayson! I suppose jumping around Gotham rooftops keeps you looking young and healthy. From Robin to Nightwing and beyond, the onetime Boy Wonder has been through a lot these past eight decades, with plenty of memorable moments that have gone on to represent some of the best the comic book medium has to offer. Here are twelve defining ones that have helped shape him into the beloved character that he is today.
Once he took up the mantle of Batman when Bruce was thought to be dead, but became Nightwing once again after the events of Flashpoint. After Forever Evil , Dick's identity was revealed to the world and Bruce convinced him to give up being Nightwing to become an agent of Spyral. The youngest in a family of acrobats known as the "Flying Graysons," Dick watched as a mafia boss killed his parents in order to extort money from the circus that employed them whose name was later revealed to be Tony Zucco.
A new Black Mask appeared and began a campaign to accumulate power in the city, a new Azrael arrived and broke into the Batcave, and Jason Todd, still a self-styled crimelord, took up the mantle of Batman. Dick Grayson, formerly Robin and Nightwing, could not allow this to continue. He beat back the pretenders and became the new Batman and worked to honor Bruce's legacy. Dick Grayson was always a far lighter and more upbeat character than his mentor, so he would naturally be a different Batman.