We’ve had Action Comics #1000, Detective Comics #1000, Wonder Woman #750, Flash #750 and Robin… well, Robin doesn’t have a comic anymore to have an anniversary issue around. So DC Comics are making one, with decade covers, multiple creative teams, a hundred pages and ten bucks. Hey, if Marvel Comics #1000 can do it… and looks like I’ll have to add this to the Frankensteined list we ran earlier.
Since the character’s introduction in April 1940’s Detective Comics #38, Robin has become an icon to millions of comic book fans, establishing the “sidekick” as a permanent part of comic book lore. Since a young Dick Grayson donned the distinctive yellow cape and domino mask, many have taken on the mantle of Robin, joining The Batman in his war on crime, while also growing into their own and taking on new adventures, both solo and as part of other super-teams like the Teen Titans, the Justice League and others.
On March 11, 2020, DC celebrates Robin’s 80th anniversary with a landmark one shot, Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular. This instant collectible includes stories from of comics’ greatest Robin writers, paying tribute to the character in various guises, including Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Tim Drake, Stephanie Brown and Damian Wayne. The Talent list for these stories reads like a who’s-who list of comic luminaries, such as Marv Wolfman, Tom Grummett, Chuck Dixon, Scott McDaniel, Devin Grayson, Dan Jurgens, Norm Rapmund, Tim Seeley, Tom King and Mikel Janin, James Tynion IV, Peter J. Tomasi, Judd Winick and others.
In addition to a dynamic cover by Lee Weeks, hardcore fans and collectors can also look forward to eight variant covers spotlighting Robin throughout the decades, drawn by some of comics’ premiere artists:
1940’s variant cover by Jim Lee and Scott Williams
1950’s variant cover by Julian Totino Tedesco
1960’s variant cover by Dustin Nguyen
1970’s variant cover by Kaare Andrews
1980’s variant cover by Frank Miller
1990’s variant cover by Jim Cheung
2000’s variant cover by Derrick Chew
2010’s variant cover by Yasmine Putri
An equally impressive collection of artistic talent will honor Robin in a series of tribute images celebrating different incarnations of the character such as Kenneth Rocafort, Nicola Scott, Andy Kubert and Frank Miller.
The Robin 80th Anniversary 100-Page Super Spectacular #1 is a prestige format comic book retailing for $9.99 and available at local comic retailers and digital retailers on March 11, 2020.