No sidekick in the history of comic books has proved to be as
popular as the famed Boy Wonder, Robin.
First appearing back in 1940, Robin has regularly stood alongside Batman in the decades since. Of course, it’s not
always been the same person taking on the Robin mantle, but for as long as
there’s a Batman patrolling the streets of Gotham City, there will be a Robin
at the Caped Crusader’s side.
The very notion of Robin may be a tad questionable – a kid being
tasked with fighting sinister villains with killer intentions – yet one of the
greatest elements of the Robin moniker over the years has been seeing the
various Robins grow up to take on their own unique personas. Then again, not all
of the Robins have had the opportunity to do that, for the price of being the
sidekick of the Dark Knight hasn’t always ended well for those involved.
Here, we’re going to explore just how things have played out for
those fortunate enough to be taken under the wing of Batman and to be handed
the iconic role of Robin in mainstream DC continuity.