Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder: Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman

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Kristen L. Geaman
McFarland, Jul 9, 2015 - Literary Criticism - 360 pages
Dick Grayson--alter-ego of the original Robin of Batman comics--has gone through various changes in his 75 years as a superhero but has remained the optimistic, humorous character readers first embraced in 1940. Predating Green Lantern and Wonder Woman, he is one of DC Comics' oldest heroes and retains a large and loyal fanbase. The first scholarly work to focus exclusively on the Boy Wonder, this collection of new essays features critical analysis, as well as interviews with some of the biggest names to study Dick Grayson, including Chuck Dixon, Devin Grayson and Marv Wolfman. The contributors discuss his vital place in the Batman saga, his growth and development into an independent hero, Nightwing, and the many storyline connections which put him at the center of the DC Universe. His character is explored in the contexts of feminism, trauma, friendship, and masculinity.
 

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Contents

The Sensational Character Find of 1940 Kristen L Geaman
1
Part I Robin the Boy Wonder
7
Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne
65
Dick Grayson Grows Up
111
Relationships with Family and Friends
177
Part V Interviews
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Interview with Dennis ONeil Kristen L Geaman
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Interview with Marv Wolfman Kristen L Geaman
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Interview with Chuck Dixon Kristen L Geaman
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Grayson on Grayson Kristen L Geaman
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Interview with Kyle Higgins Kristen L Geaman
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Becoming a Man Dan Grayson Cordero
322
Bibliography
331
About the Contributors
349
Index
353
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Kristen L. Geaman is a lecturer in medieval history at the University of Toledo. She has published articles on medieval England in The English Historical Review and Social History of Medicine.

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