Special Edition Podcast

Booksplode #36 – Robin: Year One

Show Notes

Thanks to our awesome Patrons, we’re proud to present another Booksplode!

This month, Josh Flanagan and Conor Kilpatrick take a look at…

Robin: Year One by Chuck Dixon, Scott Beatty, Javier Pulido, Marcos Martin, Robert Campanella, Lee Loughridge, & Sean Konot!

What’s a Booksplode? It’s a bi-monthly special edition show in which we take a look at a single graphic novel or collected edition, something we really just don’t have time to do on the regular show.

Running Time: 00:33:50

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  1. Went and read this on your recommendation and it was damn good. Dixon is a pretty big hole in my Batman reading, besides knightfall do either of you have any recommendations?

    • First of all, I would never in a million years recommend “Knightfall” to anyone.

      As we said on the show, Chuck Dixon wrote terrific batman books for, literally, over a decade. Here are some of his great runs:

      Batgirl: Year One #1-9
      Nightwing #1-70
      Robin #1-100
      Birds of Prey #1-46
      Detective Comics #644-729

      If comicbookdb.com wasn’t still down I would tell you which collections they exist in. BATGIRL: YEAR ONE is obviously collected and some-to-a good portion of the NIGHTWING, ROBIN, and BIRDS OF PREY runs are also collected.

    • Hilarious Nightfall comment, and thanks for the list.

  2. I think I remember hearing Kurt Busiek remark that Robin’s name was always originally meant to invoke Robin Hood. Do you think there is any truth to that? What else was ever the reason to give him the codename Robin, then?

    • I’d guess it had something to do with th little bird (Erithacus rubecula).

    • In his very first appearance, in DETECTIVE COMICS #38 (1940), in the very first panel in which he appears in costume — after a snappy two-page origin — this is what the caption says:

      “And thus Dick Grayson, by the hand of fate, is transformed into that astonishing phenomenon that young Robin Hood of today — Robin the Boy Wonder!”

      (Clearly, they are missing an em dash between “phenomenon” and “that.”)

  3. I was really stoked to see this as the Booksplode. Great choice.


    Both are great series. But the Marcos Martin art in Batgirl puts it on my list of my must read mini list. One of the more underappreciated in my humble opinion.

    Keep up the great work. Thanks guys.

  4. it feels so indulgently unimportant to type a comment today, on a weeks old review of a decades old comic book during these once in a century times…

    …dang it would have been much funnier to not finish this post, but alas, I am weak. So in a The More You Know tidbit, Didio was born in ‘59. During his prime tween-teen reading years, Dick Grayson would’ve been in Hudson University, Ra’s al Ghul would’ve been the villain du jour and the decades long attempt to distance the comic from the tv show would have been underway. Didio would’ve been 23 when Wolfman/Perez the New Teen Titans came out.

    Other than that I cannot speak to what goes on in a man’s heart.

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