Sunday, July 03, 2005
The Sensational Character Find Of 1940: 65 Years Later.
Most said Spider-Man and up until a few days ago, that would have been my answer, as well. Others chimed in with The Flash, Capt. America or Aquaman. Many mentioned The Fantastic Four but I sort of discount this with Fox Pictures rightly spending millions in order to keep these characters on people's lips throughout the summer.
With some consideration, my answer is without a doubt, The Sensatonal Character Find of 1940, Robin, The Boy Wonder.
This comes about as the most-asked question by civilians (non-comic readers) who come into my store after seeing "Batman Begins" is, "Where's Robin?"
This answer comes about after watching "Superfriends Vol. 2," realizing the teenaged Robin was a full "Superfriend" while the equally teenaged Zan and Jayna, The Wonder Twins, were left behind to monitor "The Trouble Alert."
It comes as I watch the monthly subscription numbers on the comics, Teen Titans, Teen Titans Go! and Robin comics steadily rise over the past months.
It comes as more kids (like my four year old nephew) recognize Robin more from the cartoon, "Teen Titans" than from as I did, the 60's TV series.
It comes as I lwatch civilians and subscribers alike, eagerly await the July 13th release of "All-Star Batman & Robin." Not just because of "All-Star's" creators-of-note, Jim Lee and Frank Miller but because after 65 years were finally getting a true Batman & Robin comic.
Robin, The Boy Wonder has time and time again, lived up to the proclamation made some 65 years ago.
Superman. Wonder Woman. Batman. Robin.
Now, there's a fantastic four.