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Geaman, Kristen L. (Hrsg.): Dick Grayson, Boy Wonder. Scholars and Creators on 75 Years of Robin, Nightwing and Batman. Jefferson, London: McFarland, 2015. 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-0-7864-9788-1
BibTeX citation key: Geaman2015
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Keywords: "Batman", Aufsatzsammlung, Superheld, USA
Creators: Geaman
Publisher: McFarland (Jefferson, London)
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Abstract
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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments (viii)

Kristen L. Geaman: Introduction: The Sensational Character Find of 1940 (1)

Part I. Robin the Boy Wonder
J.L. Bell: Success in Stasis: Dick Grayson’s Thirty Years as a Boy Wonder (8)
Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns and Cesar Alfonso Marino: Outlining the Future Robin: The Seventies in the Batman Family (28)
Joshua R. Pangborn: Fashioning Himself a Hero: Robin’s Costume and Its Role in Shaping His Identity (40)
Cara L. ­MacNeil-Donoghue: The Gray(son) Area: Performing Robin the Right Way (54)

Part II. The Original Dynamic Duo: Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne
The Child Is Father to the (Bat)Man: The Inverted ­Parent-Child Dynamic of DC Comics’ Dynamic Duo (David Kingsley) 66
Emily Zinkin: Dick Grayson and the Literary Tradition of Heroic Friendship (81)
Catherine M. Vale: “The Loyal Heart”: Homosocial Bonding and Homoerotic Subtext Between Batman and Robin, 1939–1943 (94)

Part III. Nightwing and Beyond: Dick Grayson Grows Up
Kristen L. Geaman: Boy Wonder to Man Wonder: Dick Grayson’s Transition to Nightwing and the Bildungsroman (112)
Christopher McKittrick: Building Character: The Writers Who Shaped Dick Grayson’s Personality (130)
Mollie Herlocker: The Heart and Soul: Dick Grayson as the Center of the DC Universe (145)
Jordan Hass and Star Schneider: The New 52 (2011–present) (155)
Tini Howard: Grayson, Sex and Feminism (169)

Part IV. Ties That Bind: Relationships with Family and Friends
Bethany F. Brengan: Mother Alfred: The Influence of Dick Grayson’s “Other Parent” (178)
Yasmin Lysaker: Big Brother Dick (197)
Kalina Keester: Dick and Damian: The Second Batman and His Robin (211)
Shelly Sposato and Pamela Shah: Titans Together (222)
Alexandra Schulz: Darkly Deconstructing the Dynamic Duo: Dick Grayson in Frank Miller (244)

Part V. Interviews
Kristen L. Geaman: Interview with Dennis ­O’Neil (264)
Kristen L. Geaman: Interview with Marv Wolfman (271)
Kristen L. Geaman: Interview with Chuck Dixon (274)
Kristen L. Geaman: Grayson on Grayson (284)
Kristen L. Geaman: Interview with Kyle Higgins (314)
Dan Grayson Cordero: Conclusion. Dick Grayson: Becoming a Man (322)

Bibliography (331)
About the Contributors (349)
Index (353)


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