Thoughts About Dick Grayson
By giving Bruce Wayne a string of short-lived girlfriends, you just make it clear that his longest loving relationship has been with Dick Grayson.

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(what is context)

So now we should turn it around and think about this from Dick’s perspective. I might be wrong, but I get the impression that most of the pieces discussing whether Batman and Robin are gay focus much, much more on Batman. The published in printed hard copy ones I have read certainly are, which is a function of academia’s choices.

Will Brooker, author of the quote and linked piece, is not an exception. He’s a super nice guy, who was quite supportive of our Dick Grayson project when I emailed with him. But he also didn’t feel prepared to participate (which is totally fine) because he doesn’t have much interest in Dick. He certainly likes the character (especially as Batman and Burt Ward’s portrayal) and he likes the idea of Robin, but he never got into Robin like he did Batman.

Again that is completely fine, but I do find it a bit odd that many of the academics out there who write about queer Batman do so from an almost exclusively Batman point of view. Robin is an intrinsic part of this interpretation (after all, Batman is not just gay but in a homosexual relationship with Robin), but he never gets to be the focus. He lacks agency in academic discussions (perhaps because Robin began as a child - but he grew up). It’s as though scholars assume that Robin would obviously be with Batman because … it’s Batman. In these academic writings, Robin is often a prop, a piece of evidence, rather than a fully realized character.

Despite some of the jokes lobbed his way, Dick is not known for a string of short-lived girlfriends. Are his broken engagements signs that “his longest loving relationship” has been Bruce Wayne?

And, of course, we have the problem of bi-erasure. Academics tend not to consider this or at least not to write about it. Scholars seem to be reacting to and following the parameters set by Wertham back in 1954’s Seduction of the Innocent. Wertham said Batman and Robin lived a “homosexual wish dream,” so most (all?) of the published stuff seems to follow that. Sad.

Anyway, I just wish academics would give Robin more attention when discussing this issue.

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From World’s Finest #174 (March 1968) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest, Vol. 4
Aww, Dick doesn’t want to leave Bruce to fight justice all alone.

From World’s Finest #174 (March 1968) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest, Vol. 4

Aww, Dick doesn’t want to leave Bruce to fight justice all alone.

From World’s Finest #171 (November 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3
Lucky for you jokers, indeed.

From World’s Finest #171 (November 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

Lucky for you jokers, indeed.

From World’s Finest #171 (November 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3
These two, bantering as Robin possibly plummets to his doom.

From World’s Finest #171 (November 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

These two, bantering as Robin possibly plummets to his doom.

From World’s Finest #165 (March 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3
Court jester Robin. I think his outfit totally works for that job.

From World’s Finest #165 (March 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

Court jester Robin. I think his outfit totally works for that job.

From World’s Finest #164 (February 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

Dick Grayson: compassionate even to robots!

From World’s Finest #164 (February 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3
Yet again, Robin endeavors to talk sense into Supes and Bats.

From World’s Finest #164 (February 1967) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

Yet again, Robin endeavors to talk sense into Supes and Bats.

From World’s Finest #163 (December 1966) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3
Batman and Superman fly off into the sunset like those kids from Grease!

From World’s Finest #163 (December 1966) reprinted in Showcase Presents World’s Finest Vol. 3

Batman and Superman fly off into the sunset like those kids from Grease!

thoughtsaboutdickgrayson:

From Tales of the Teen Titans #44

"Now I become someone new who commemorates all those who made me someone special."