Robin, the original teen superhero

Katie Johnson, Staff Writer

Have you ever wondered what Robin means? Robin means rebirth, renewal, and hope. Those are all qualities that Robin poses as a superhero. 

Robin became a superhero at the age of twelve when he became Batman’s sidekick. 

Robin was created for revenge, but when he found his first villain, he realized that he wanted to prevent other people from experiencing the same thing he did.”

— Staff Writer Katie Johnson

The original Robin is Dick Grayson who first appeared in issue #38 of The Detective Comics. Grayson was from a family of circus performers who died one night when Tony Zucco had messed with the ropes. 

A grieving Grayson promised to track down the man who caused the death of his parents. 

Robin was created for revenge, but when he found his first villain, he realized that he wanted to prevent other people from experiencing the same thing he did. He became a sidekick to help stop crime. 

One reason Robin is the better superhero is that he creates his own team twice. 

Robin leaves Batman after five years to create the Teen Titans in Jump City with his new teammates Starfire, an alien princess, Beastboy, Cyborg, and Raven, a half-demon. Over the next three years, they work well together defeating Brother Blood, The Hive-five, and other villains along the way. 

After the Teen Titans, he then creates the Young Justice team for young teen superheroes to help protect the world when the Justice League cannot.

As well as branching out from being under Batman, he wants to be his own person, without the use of someone else’s technology. As a Teen Titan, he creates technology and weapons for Cyborg. 

Robin had lived under the shadow of Batman for years and he wanted to prove to everyone, including Bruce, that he was capable of taking care of things. That leads him to change his name to Nightwing and have his main city being Bludhaven. 

Unlike other heroes who do not have a balance between hero life and work life, Robin is able to protect the ones he cares for without having to reveal who he is under the mask. He is able to maintain a relationship with someone, such as Barbra Gordon, before and after she is Batgirl. 

Robin is a much more emotionally mature superhero and well-adjusted protector without getting too emotionally evolved in rescue missions or fighting the main arch-villain.

Robin will always be there for people in trouble. After all, he is the Boy Wonder!