Batman | Jason Todd Wasn’t The First Robin To Die

Batman | Jason Todd Wasn’t The First Robin To Die
Batman | Jason Todd Wasn’t The First Robin To Die

The death of Jason Todd, the second Robin, at the hands of the Joker is one of the most brutal events and one of the most iconic sequences of violence ever seen in a superhero comic book. However, what a lot of people don’t know is that, just as he wasn’t Batman’s first sidekick, he wasn’t the first Wonder Boy to be given up for dead either.

The famous scene of the Joker beating Todd to death with a crowbar takes place in Batman #428written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Jim Aparo, during the controversial plot of the arc Death in the Familyreleased in 1988. At that time, superhero comic book characters didn’t use to kick their asses repeatedly, as we see today.

And the event was especially shocking because, in addition to being a cruel and graphic murder of a teenager, Todd’s death was decided by readers, through a vote that took place over the phone – remember, there was no internet at the time. . Nobody believed that DC Comics would actually kill Robin.

In addition to being a cruel and graphic murder of a teenager, Todd’s death was decided by readers, through a vote that took place over the phone (Image: Reproduction / DC Comics)

There were more than 10,000 votes in favor of Todd’s death, against only 72 against, in a never-before-seen interaction and engagement between a comic book publisher and readers. The main inspiration for Robin’s murder was the plot of the limited series Elseworlds Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, written and illustrated by Frank Miller. The futuristic story set in an alternate reality hinted at the passing of Batman’s partner.

As we all know, Todd later returned, in the form of the violent anti-hero Red Hood; and he is there to this day in the Batfamily.

But who was the first Robin to die and when did it happen?

While Jason Todd’s death is so iconic that for most readers it’s considered the first time Robin died in DC Comics canon, Wonder Boy already had a plot involving his murder decades before Death in the Family.

In Batman #5written by Bill Finger and illustrated by Bob Kane, released in 1941, Dick Grayson, the original Robin, was apparently beaten to death and Batman also carried his body in his arms — in a scene so similar to Todd’s that it’s quite possible to have been evoked in the 1988 comic book.

The first Robin to be presumed dead was Dick Grayson, in 1941 (Image: Reproduction/DC Comics)

Subsequently, the plot showed that Grayson survived, as did Todd. But the idea of ​​killing Robin and his apparent murder, as well as the reaction of a devastated Batman, took place well before the violent farewell seen in 1988.

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