Article by Steve J. Ray
1940 was a banner year in comic-book history. Not only did it give us Batman #1, it also featured the debut appearances of Catwoman, the Joker and, of course; the first, the original, and the best of all superhero sidekicks, Robin: the Boy Wonder. Joining the massive Wonder Woman, Flash Catwoman and Joker specials, DC has sent us SEVEN of the eight decade alternate covers for the Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1!
Since the character’s introduction in Detective Comics #38 on March 6, 1940, Robin has become an icon to millions of comic book fans, establishing the “sidekick” as a permanent part of comic book lore. Since the young Dick Grayson first donned the distinctive yellow cape and domino mask, many have taken on the mantle of Robin, joining The Batman in his war on crime, while also growing into their own and taking on new adventures, both solo and as part of other super-teams like the Teen Titans, the Justice League and others.
Here’s the full Press Release from DC:
Celebrate Your Favorite Robin with
Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1
Decade Variant Covers!
On March 11th, 2020, DC celebrates the legacy of Batman’s crimefighting partner in the Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, a special Prestige Format one-shot with top creators paying tribute to the teen hero originally dubbed the Boy Wonder. Today, DC reveals seven of the eight open-order decade variant covers spotlighting the various eras of Robin!
Jim Lee, Scott Williams, and Alex Sinclar’s 1940s variant cover will be released at a later date, as well as the color version of Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey’s 1990s variant cover.
Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 will feature decade variants by:
- 1940’s variant cover by Jim Lee, Scott Williams and Alex Sinclair
- 1950’s variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
- 1960’s variant cover by Dustin Nguyen
- 1970’s variant cover by Kaare Andrews
- 1980’s variant cover by Frank Miller
- 1990’s variant cover by Jim Cheung and Tomeu Morey
- 2000’s variant cover by Derrick Chew
- 2010’s variant cover by Yasmine Putri
Prestige Format $9.99
From the high-flying adventures of Dick Grayson to the tragedy of Jason Todd, the enthusiasm of Tim Drake and the arrogance of Damian Wayne, the persistence of Stephanie Brown and the rebelliousness of Carrie Kelley, the mantle of Robin has been worn by many, but always represents one thing: herosim.
Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1, with a main cover by Lee Weeks, includes contributions by writers Marv Wolfman, Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson, Tim Seeley, Tom King, Judd Winick, James Tynion IV, Amy Wolfram, Robbie Thompson, Adam Glass, and Peter J. Tomasi, and artists Tom Grummett, Scott McDaniel, Mikel Janin, Kenneth Rocafort, Freddie Williams II, Javi Fernandez, Nicola Scott, Dustin Nguyen, Andy Kubert, and Frank Miller.
Images and Press Release Courtesy of DC Entertainment
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