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Detective Comics (v1) #38 [A Story]

"Robin the Boy Wonder"
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Detective Comics (v1) #38 [A Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Fredric Whitney Ellsworth
Writer: Bill Finger
Penciler: Bob Kane
Inker: Jerry Robinson
Cover Artist : Bob Kane, Jerry Robinson
Cover Date : April 1940
On Sale Date: May 1940
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 55 Users Rated: 34
 

 
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Feature Comics #31 [Q Story]
More Fun Comics #54 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #38 [A Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #38 [D Story]
Detective Comics (v1) #38 [E Story]
         
 
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Bruce attends a visiting circus and witnesses a horrific accident. What he learns about the accident, and the boy who ends up an orphan from it, changes his world irrevocably and his approach to crime-fighting forever. And thus, Robin joins Batman in his war against crime!
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Main Characters
  Batman
  Batman last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #37 [A Story]. Batman next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #39 [A Story].
 

  Robin First Appearance
  Robin next appears in Detective Comics (v1) #39 [A Story].
 

 
Supporting Characters
  Anthony Zucco First Appearance
  This is Anthony Zucco's only appearance.
 

 
Other Characters
  John Grayson First Appearance
  This is John Grayson's only appearance.
 

  Mary Grayson First Appearance
  This is Mary Grayson's only appearance.
 

  Mister Haly First Appearance
  This is Mister Haly's only appearance.
 

 
 
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Batman's Utility Belt
Batman's Utility Belt last appeared in Detective Comics (v1) #37 [A Story]. Batman's Utility Belt next appears in Batman (v1) #1 [D Story].
 
 
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  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-11-26 00:43:56  
  Extra star for the first appearance of The Boy Wonder!  
 
 

  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-11-26 00:46:07  
  Can we assume child endangerment laws were not yet on the books in 1940?  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2018-01-26 16:11:14  
  Holy first appearances, Batman! First Dick Grayson! If there's one thing that sets Batman comics apart from the average book, it's the supporting cast and that pretty much all starts right here with Robin.  
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2018-03-03 16:20:42  
  Here we go, one of the most influential comics in history. It's not Superman or Batman, but it's just about as important. It's a form of childhood wish fulfillment, but if you're a young kid who can't actually be the hero like Captain Marvel, being a sidekick is the next best thing. And thus, we get the first and arguably the best of them all, Dick Grayson, aka Robin!

Robin's origin is just as concise and logical as his mentor's, and strikingly similar. Both crimefighters' parents were victims of a random crime so they identify with each other. Robin becomes the first in Batman's supporting cast who learns Batman's true identity, implied here but not actually shown. The Batman series, already pretty good even by Golden Age standards, turns a corner here. Robin's already quite an athlete, probably a purer athlete than Batman, but he's still got a lot to learn. But dude, what's up with that psychotic grin? Is Batman already driving you crazy?

Only thing I didn't like about the story, see, was the villain, see! Boss Zucco came off as a cheesy cross between Eddie G. and the Kingpin, see, and his way of talking didn't do himself any favors, see! I also wonder why Batman hadn't been able to bring him down before the circus accident; there might be an untold story in there somewhere. Based on what was presented here, I have a hard time believing Zucco was that untouchable, see!

5 stars; Batman's world is coalescing into something fantastic, and it's fun to see how it all grows and evolves!
 
 
 

  kungfufan Says:    
  2018-04-27 23:28:34  
  Who'da thunk I'd be a DC fan? Besides Batman (who is my second fave hero after Spidey ever since I was but a wee lad), I've never been into any of them, not even Supes. But these Golden Age stories are better than their Marvel contemporaries. And Robin, who I've never really enjoyed either, has a much better intro and origin story than Bucky or Toro, the only other kids I've read continuously. My opinion of Robin has now changed, and I'll probably look forward to seeing him again rather than dread it...  
 
 

  LarryE Says:    
  2018-07-14 10:22:53  
  Finally! Dick Grayson is my second favorite DC character after Superman. It's a pleasure to see him in the order at last.  
 
 

 
 
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