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Jason Todd


Jason Todd as the Red Hood,
from Batman #638 (March 2005).
Pencils by Doug Mahnke. Image File history File links Jasontodd. ... Douglas Doug Mahnke is an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on The Mask, JLA and Batman. ...

Publisher DC Comics
First appearance As Jason Todd:
Batman #357 (March 1983)
As Robin:
Batman #368
(March 1984)
As Red Hood:
Batman #635
(December 2004)
Created by Original Incarnation:
Gerry Conway
Don Newton
Red Hood Incarnation:
Judd Winick
Doug Mahnke
Characteristics
Team
affiliations
Batman Family
Teen Titans
Notable aliases Robin, Red Hood, Nightwing
Abilities - Skilled acrobat (pre-Crisis)
- Trained martial artist
- Access to high-caliber weaponry
- Advanced student in detection

Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character published in stories by DC Comics. Jason Todd first appeared in Batman #357 (1983) and became the new Robin, sidekick to the superhero Batman, when the previous Robin Dick Grayson went on to star in The New Teen Titans under the moniker of Nightwing. DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... In comic books, first appearance refers to first comic book to feature a character. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Gerard F. Gerry Conway (September 10, 1952 - ) is an American writer of comic books and television shows. ... Don Newton (born November 12, 1934 in St. ... Judd Winick at Midtown Comics East in New York City, June 24, 2004. ... Douglas Doug Mahnke is an American comic book artist and penciller, best known for his work on The Mask, JLA and Batman. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ... The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Red Hood is a fictional character and title in the DC Universe. ... Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ... Look up acrobat in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ... In general, detection is the extraction of intelligence from a carrier signal in a communication system. ... Alice, a fictional character based on a real character from the work of Lewis Carroll. ... DC Comics is an American comic book and related media company. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Batman and Superman, two of the most recognizable and iconic superheroes. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ...


The Jason Todd Robin was not well-received by fans. For 1988's Batman: A Death in the Family storyline, DC Comics held a telephone poll to determine whether or not the character would die at hands of the Joker, Batman's archnemesis. The character was killed off by a slim margin of votes. Subsequent Batman stories dealt with Batman's guilt over Jason's death. However, in 2004 the character was resurrected as an enemy of Batman, eventually becoming the second Red Hood and assuming a new role as an anti-hero who resembles Batman in many ways, except with a willingness to use lethal force.[1] Batman: A Death in the Family is a Batman comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. ... “The Joker” redirects here. ... Red Hood is a fictional character and title in the DC Universe. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ...

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Publication history

Cover to Batman #368 (Feb. 1984), which features the first appearance of Jason Todd (as Robin) on the cover of the series.
Cover to Batman #368 (Feb. 1984), which features the first appearance of Jason Todd (as Robin) on the cover of the series.

By the time Len Wein took over as editor of DC Comics' Batman titles in 1982, the original Robin, Dick Grayson, had largely moved on to starring as the leader of the young superhero team the Teen Titans in DC's New Teen Titans title. However, with the character no longer featuring in Batman comics, the disadvantages of telling Batman stories without the character to act as a sounding board for the protagonist became apparent.[2] Jason Todd was created as Dick Grayson's replacement as Robin. Jason Todd debuted in Detective Comics #524 (March 1983), but the character did not appear in costume as Robin until Detective Comics #526 (May 1983). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Len Wein (born June 12, 1948, New York City, New York) is an American comic book writer and editor best known for co-creating DC Comics Swamp Thing and for reviving Marvel Comics X-Men. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ...


Following the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths, DC took the opportunity to reboot many of its properties. Jason Todd's character was completely revamped; nevertheless, the character was not well-received by fans. Dennis O'Neil, who took over as Batman editor in 1986, said, "They did hate him. I don't know if it was fan craziness--maybe they saw him as usurping Dick Grayson's position. Some of the mail response indicated that this was at least on some people's minds."[3] Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ...


"A Death in the Family"

In 1988, Dennis O'Neil suggested that an audience might be attracted to the comics by being afforded the opportunity to influence the creative process.[4] Settling on the idea of telephone poll via a 1-900 number, O'Neil had decided due to discussions with DC Comics president Jenette Kahn that the poll should not be wasted on something insignificant. O'Neil settled on using the poll to determine the fate of Jason Todd. O'Neil said, "The logical candidate was Jason because we had reason to believe that he wasn't that popular anyway. It was a big enough stunt that we couldn't do it with a minor character."[5] Even though Jason Todd was unpopular with readers, O'Neil could not decide what to do with the character, so he opted to present the choice to the readership.[4] (Redirected from 1-900) A 1-900 telephone number, in the North American Numbering Plan, usually has the form 1-900-###-####. A call to one of these numbers can result in a high per-minute or per-call charge. ... Jenette Kahn is an American comic book editor and executive. ...


The vote was set up in the four-part story "A Death in the Family" that was published in Batman #426-429 in 1988. At the end of Batman #427, Jason Todd was beaten by the Joker and left to die in an explosion. The inside back cover of the issue listed two 1-900 numbers that readers could call to vote for the character's death or survival. Within the 36 hour period alloted for voting, the poll received 10,614 votes. The verdict in favor of the character's death won by a slim margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271.[6] The following issue of Batman, issue 428, was published featuring Jason Todd's death. Despite the poll results, O'Neil noted, "We did the deed, and we got a blast of hate mail and a blast of negative commentary in the press."[7] A few comics creators voiced their displeasure at the event. Writer/artist Frank Miller, who had worked on Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and Batman: Year One, said, "To me the whole killing of Robin of thing was probably the ugliest thing I've seen in comics, and the most cynical."[8] However, DC stood behind the outcome of the poll. O'Neil was quoted on the back cover of A Death in the Family trade paperback collecting the story with Todd's death as saying, "It would be a really sleazy stunt to bring him back."[9] However, O'Neil would later regret his decision.[10] Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... The premiere issue of the series Spoiler warning: The Dark Knight Returns (known as DKR by fans) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman. ... Batman: Year One was the title of a comic book written by Frank Miller, illustrated by David Mazzuchelli and colored/painted by Richmond Lewis, released in 1988 by DC Comics. ...


"Hush" and return

Prior to the release of Batman #617 (cover dated September 2003), a page of art from the issue by artist Jim Lee circulated the Internet, apparently revealing the mystery villain Hush, who was the focus of Lee's and writer Jeph Loeb's "Hush" storyline, as a resurrected Jason Todd. The following month's Batman #618 (October 2003) revealed that the appearance of Todd was in fact a ruse by the villain Clayface under the direction of Hush. Loeb explained, "I always liked Jason, liked the idea that Batman had a Robin who died in the line of duty and how that would motivate anyone to continue their quest. It would also be the most recent, most painful thing he had to endure. That's why Hush played the card -- to get inside Batman's head . . . But 'Hush' wasn't about Jason -- Jason was a pawn to be moved around the table . . . If someone else wanted to tell another Jason story or bring him back and we at least opened the door, that's great!"[11] This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Hush is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Joseph Jeph Loeb III (b. ... Published 2002-2003 in monthly installments in Batman issues 608-619 by DC Comics Characters Batman (Bruce Wayne), Catwoman (Selina Kyle), Superman (Clark Kent), Nightwing (Dick Grayson), Robin (Tim Drake), The Joker, The Riddler, Hush, Scarecrow, Huntress, Ras al Ghul, Lex Luthor, Two-Face, Commissioner James Gordon, Oracle, Harley... Clayface is a name used by several DC Comics fictional characters, most of them possessing clay-like bodies and shapeshifting abilities. ...


In 2005, writer Judd Winick began a storyline that revolved around the mystery of the identity of the new Red Hood. The character's identity was revealed as Jason Todd in Batman #638. Winick explained that after his initial arc on the Batman title, he suggested doing "something big" to his editors. Specifically, he wanted to bring Jason Todd back from the dead. Winick said, "What it finally came down to – beyond the argument, which will be a reader argument about should any character return from the dead, and should this character come back from the dead? – was that I was less interested in the how and the why and the what of Jason Todd returning from the dead than I am about what Jason’s return will do to Batman. Now."[11] The explanation for the character's return was revealed in Batman Annual #25 (2006). After a storyline in Nightwing as part of the One Year Later event where Todd took the mantle of Nightwing for himself, the character reappeared in his Red Hood persona as one of the focal characters of DC's year-long weekly Countdown series starting in May 2007. Judd Winick at Midtown Comics East in New York City, June 24, 2004. ... One Year Later event logo. ...


Fictional character history

The initial version of Jason Todd had an origin that was "shamelessly reminiscent" of the 1940 origin of the first Robin, Dick Grayson.[2] Originally, like Grayson, Jason is the son of circus acrobats killed by a criminal (Killer Croc) and is later adopted by Bruce Wayne.[12] Distinguished by red hair (as opposed to the black hair of Dick Grayson), Todd is unfailingly cheerful, wearing his circus costume to fight crime until Dick Grayson presents him with a Robin costume of his own. At that point, Jason dyes his hair black, and in later stories blossoms under Batman's tutelage. Killer Croc is a fictional character in DC comics. ...

Cover to Batman #408 (June 1987). Depicting the first Post-Crisis meeting of Batman and Jason Todd
Cover to Batman #408 (June 1987). Depicting the first Post-Crisis meeting of Batman and Jason Todd

Following the revamp of the Batman mythos due to Crisis on Infinite Earths, Jason Todd is recast as a young street orphan who first encounters the Dark Knight while attempting to steal the tires of the Batmobile. Bruce Wayne sees to it that Jason is placed in a school for troubled youths. Jason earns the mantle of Robin a short while later by helping Batman apprehend a gang of thieves. However, Todd does not wear the Robin costume (an improved version of the classic) until after six months of training.[13] Batman realizes that while Jason doesn't possess Dick Grayson's acrobatic skills, he can become a productive crimefighter by channeling his rage. He also believes that if he doesn't help the boy, Jason will eventually become part of the "criminal element." Jason also aided Batman while Gotham city was temporarily overrun by Deacon Blackfire as shown in Batman: The Cult. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... It has been suggested that Batmissile, Bat-Humvee, Batmobile (Batman Forever) and Batmobile (Batman Begins) be merged into this article or section. ...


Unlike Grayson or the pre-Crisis Jason, the post-Crisis Jason is impulsive, reckless, and full of rage. Even on missions in which Batman orders him to conduct surveillance, Jason attacks, ruining months of planning. Jason also uses excessive force to subdue criminals. In one story, asked to "hold off" villains, Jason instantly takes to firing at them with a gun,[14] despite Batman's abhorrence for firearms. For the murder of his father, Jason also attempts to choke Two-Face to death in one story.[15]. In The Dumpster Killings story arc Jason implies that he believes lethal force to be acceptable when dealing with criminals. Another story implies that Jason actually allows (or causes) the death of a rapist who evades criminal charges due to his father's status as a diplomat. What really happened is never revealed, although Jason later denies any wrongdoing, claiming that the man fell off a roof rather than having been pushed.[16] Two-Face is a fictional character, a supervillain and enemy of Batman in the DC Comics Universe. ... The Dumpster Killings is a Batman story arc by Jim Starlin, which debuted December 1987. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Rape. ...


"A Death in the Family"

Batman discovers Jason Todd dead, from Batman #428 (1988). Pencils by Jim Aparo.

In 1988's "A Death in the Family" storyline, Jason discovers his mother was not his biological mother, and runs away to find the woman who gave birth to him. After following a number of leads, Jason finally tracks his mother, Sheila, to Ethiopia, where she works as an aid worker. While Jason is overjoyed to be reunited with his real mother, he soon discovers that she is being blackmailed by the Joker, who is using her to provide him with medical supplies. Sheila herself has been embezzling from the aid agency and as part of the cover-up she hands her own son, who arrives as Robin, over to the Joker. The Joker beats the boy brutally with a crowbar, and then leaves him and Sheila in the warehouse with a time bomb. Sheila and Robin try desperately to get out of the warehouse but are still inside as the bomb goes off. Batman arrives too late to save them and is only able to hold Jason's lifeless body in his arms. The bodies are taken back to Gotham City for burial. For the next decade's worth of stories, Jason's death haunts Batman, who keeps Jason's costume on display in the Batcave. Batman considers this his greatest failure: not properly training Jason in his role as Robin and failing to protect him from the Joker. Batman: A Death in the Family is a Batman comic book story arc first published in the late 1980s which gave fans the ability to influence the story through voting with a 900 number. ... Image File history File links Deadjason. ... Image File history File links Deadjason. ... Jim Aparo James N. Jim Aparo (1932-July 19, 2005) was a comic book artist best known for his work on various Batman stories for DC Comics. ... The Batcave. ...


Return from the grave

Years later, while trying to discover the identity of a mysterious figure plotting against him (which turns out to be Hush), Batman discovers that Robin (Tim Drake) has been kidnapped. When he confronts the kidnapper he discovers, much to his surprise, that the kidnapper is apparently an adult Jason Todd. Batman subdues this mystery "Jason" and discovers that it is only Clayface impersonating Jason.[17] Hush is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ... Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Clayface is a name used by several DC Comics fictional characters, most of them possessing clay-like bodies and shapeshifting abilities. ...


It is later revealed that Jason indeed had died at the hands of the Joker, but when Superboy-Prime alters reality from the paradise dimension in which he is trapped (six months after his death), Jason is restored to life and breaks out of his coffin, but collapses thereafter and is hospitalized. After spending a year in a coma and subsequently as an amnesiac vagrant, he is recognized by Talia al Ghul, who restores his health and memory by immersing him in a Lazarus Pit in which her father Ra's Al Ghul is also bathing. It is suggested at that time that exposure to the Pit's energies together with Al Ghul might have affected Jason's personality. On Talia's advice, Jason determines his death was never avenged, and prepares to confront Batman by traveling across the globe in the same path of trainings as his mentor.[18] Superboy-Prime is a fictional superhero turned supervillain in the DC Universe. ... For other uses, see Amnesia (disambiguation). ... Talia al Ghul is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, the now-estranged daughter of the supervillain Ras al Ghul, and a love interest of Batman. ... A Lazarus Pit is a fictional natural phenomenon in the DC Comics universe. ... ‹ The template below (Comics-in-universe) has been proposed for deletion. ...


Batman Annual #25 retcons the battle between Batman and Clayface. In this version, Jason Todd has entered into a pact with Hush; he initially confronts Batman, then switches places with Clayface in order to observe Batman from afar. When Batman expresses no remorse for sparing the Joker's life after Jason was killed, Jason is further angered and takes up the mantle of the Red Hood.
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The Red Hood

Jason Todd battles Batman as the Red Hood, from the cover to Batman #641 (June 2005). Pencils by Matt Wagner.
Jason Todd battles Batman as the Red Hood, from the cover to Batman #641 (June 2005). Pencils by Matt Wagner.

Shortly after the events of War Games and War Crimes, Jason Todd reappears in Gotham City as the Red Hood,[19] hijacking a shipment of Kryptonite from Black Mask. In the midst of a battle with Batman, Nightwing, and Mr. Freeze, the Red Hood gives them the Kryptonite back, and tells them he has gotten what he truly wanted: a "lay of the land." Shortly afterward, the Red Hood finds the Joker (driven out of Gotham by Hush) and beats him with a crowbar just as the Joker had beaten Jason. Despite the violence of the beating, Jason has the Joker saved, intending to use him later against Batman. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x1205, 236 KB)Promotional cover art for Batman #461, by Matt Wagner. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (800x1205, 236 KB)Promotional cover art for Batman #461, by Matt Wagner. ... Mage: The Hero Defined cover by Matt Wagner Grendel: Devil Tales cover by Matt Wagner Matt Wagner (born 1961) is an American comic book writer and artist best known as the creator of two irregular series, Mage and Grendel. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-man, and still sometimes as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional character and superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... This article is about the fictional place. ... Red Hood is a fictional character and title in the DC Universe. ... This article is about the fictional substance. ... Black Mask is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Mr. ... Hush is a DC Comics supervillain and an enemy of Batman. ...


The Red Hood assumes control over several gangs in Gotham City and starts a one-man-war against Black Mask's criminal empire. Over all, he strives to cleanse the city of its corruption, such as drug dealing and gang violence, and to kill the Joker in revenge for his own death. Because of his anti-heroic activities he repeatedly comes to blows with Batman and several of his allies. A Robin mask was found in the Batmobile, which never belonged to Dick or Tim, but it was of the style that Jason wore as Robin.[20] Around this time, Batman discovers that Jason's coffin has always been empty, and he begins to question whether or not Jason had actually died. Despite his return, Jason's Robin costume remains in its memorial display case in the Batcave; when Alfred asked if Bruce wanted the costume removed, Bruce replied that the return of Jason "doesn't change anything at all."[21] These lollipops were found to contain heroin when inspected by the US DEA The illegal drug trade is a worldwide black market consisting of production, distribution, packaging and sale of illegal psychoactive substances. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with gang. ... In literature and film, an anti-hero is a central or supporting character that has some of the personality flaws and ultimate fortune traditionally assigned to villains but nonetheless also have enough heroic qualities or intentions to gain the sympathy of readers or viewers. ... Cover to Batman Allies: Secret Files & Origins 2005. ... It has been suggested that Batmissile, Bat-Humvee, Batmobile (Batman Forever) and Batmobile (Batman Begins) be merged into this article or section. ...


Knowing that Tim Drake has not only replaced him as Robin, but is reportedly a better Robin than he had been, Jason breaks into Titans Tower to confront Tim. Wearing an altered version of his own Robin costume, Jason quickly immobilizes the other Titans and strikes Tim down in the Tower's Hall of Fallen Titans. Furious that no memorial statue was made for him (despite his short tenure as a Titan), Jason demands that Tim tell him if he is really as good as Jason has been told. Tim says "Yes" and passes out. As he leaves, Jason tears the 'R' emblem from Tim's chest. In the Epilogue, Jason has apparently developed a grudging respect for his replacement as he states, "I'll admit. He's good". Jason is also left wondering if perhaps he would have been a better Robin and better person had he a life like Tim's and friends like the Titans.[22] Timothy Tim Drake is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe. ... Current Titans Tower, San Francisco. ... Teen Titans redirects here. ...


Jason's return crescendos when he kidnaps the Joker and holds him hostage, luring Batman to Crime Alley, the site of their first meeting. Jason asks Batman why he has not avenged his death by killing the Joker, and Batman tells Jason that he will never cross that line. An enraged Jason explains that Joker deserves it, because he has done evil in the past and, according to Jason, is "doing it because he took me away from you". Despite this, Batman explains that it is not too hard for him to kill the Joker, it would be too easy; he has never once not fantasized about taking the Joker somewhere private and torturing him for maybe weeks before finally killing him, but refuses to go to that place. Jason offers Batman an ultimatum: Jason will kill the Joker unless Batman kills Jason first. Holding the Joker at gunpoint, Jason throws a pistol to Batman and begins to count to three while standing behind the Joker, leaving Batman with only a headshot if he wants to stop Jason pulling the trigger. At the last moment, Batman throws a batarang that cuts down an object and slices Jason's neck. The Joker takes advantage of the situation, detonating nearby explosives that engulf the platform they are on and send them plunging into the bay.[23] Crime Alley is where Bruce Waynes parents were killed and is now a dangerous crime infested area of Gotham City. ... Batman surrounded by batarangs. ...


One Year Later and Countdown

Jason Todd as Nightwing (2006). Pencils by Joe Dodd.
Jason Todd as Nightwing (2006). Pencils by Joe Dodd.

Jason resurfaces following the One Year Later shift in Nightwing, patrolling the streets of New York City as a murderous version of Nightwing. Jason shows no intention of giving up the Nightwing persona, and continues to taunt Dick Grayson by wearing the costume and suggesting that the two become a crime-fighting team. Grayson refuses to join his side and methods of crimefighting. Not long after the two Nightwings meet up, Jason is captured and imprisoned by unknown mobsters. Rescued by a reluctant Grayson, the two join forces to defeat the Pierce brothers. Jason leaves New York City and the Nightwing mantle to Grayson, along with a telegram telling Grayson he has returned to normal and still considers them family.[24] One Year Later event logo. ... Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (506x692, 790 KB)Jason Todd as Nightwing. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (506x692, 790 KB)Jason Todd as Nightwing. ... One Year Later event logo. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ...


Jason appears once more in several issues of "Green Arrow" alongside Brick as part of a gun-running organization, which brings Batman to Star City. Jason's true motives are shown in the third part as he kidnaps Mia Dearden (Speedy) in an effort to convert her to his side, feeling that they are kindred spirits, cast down by society and at odds with their mentors. The two fight while conversing but when Jason is unsuccessful in his bid to turn Mia he settles for blowing up her High School. Mia is deeply troubled by what transpired between her and Jason, but ultimately decides to stick with Green Arrow. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this comics-related article or section may require cleanup. ...


At the start of Countdown, Jason Todd resumes his persona as the Red Hood and rescues a woman from Duela Dent (aka the Joker's Daughter).[25] After a Monitor shoots and kills Duela, he attempts to kill Jason, but is stopped by a second Monitor. This second Monitor apologizes to Jason before they both disappear, leaving Jason alone with Duela's body. Later, at Duela's funeral, Jason hides until all of the Teen Titans have left except Donna Troy. Jason tells her what happened the night of Duela's death, and about the dueling Monitors. He knows that both he and Donna Troy have come back from the dead, and wonders which of them is next on the Monitor's hit list. The two are then attacked by the Forerunner, but before she can kill them, the apologetic Monitor stops her, and recruits Jason and Donna for a mission to the Palmerverse (a section of the Nanoverse discovered by Ray Palmer), in an attempt to find Palmer. During the trip, Jason takes it upon himself to name the Monitor "Bob". Jason seems to have a romantic interest in Donna, and is shown to be visibly disgruntled when her old boyfriend, Kyle Rayner, joins their group. Duela Dent is a fictional character in the DC Universe. ... The Monitors are a group of fictional characters, owned by DC Comics who exist in that companys DC Universe. ... Donna Troy is a fictional character, a superheroine in the DC Universe. ... Forerunner is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... Raymond A. Palmer (1910-1977) was the influential editor of Amazing Stories from 1938 through 1949, when he left publisher Ziff-Davis to form his own company. ... This article is about the DC Comics character. ...


A teaser image for released to promote Countdown showed a figure resembling Red Robin among assembled heroes in poses symbolic of their roles in the series. After a series of contradictory statements about this figure, executive editor Dan DiDio firmly stated in the July 2007 DC Nation column that the figure is Jason Todd; Todd, a major player in Countdown, has gone under the aliases 'Red Hood' and 'Robin'.[26] Robin is a fictional character published by DC Comics. ... Countdown is a comic book limited series published by DC Comics, which debuted on May 9, 2007, directly following the conclusion of the last issue of 52. ... Dan DiDio is an American comic book editor and executive. ...


Skills and abilities

Jason Todd possesses the normal human strength of a 6-foot, 180-pound young man who regularly engages in intensive physical exercise. By matching his former mentor in combat he has proven that he is physically superior to most Olympic athletes, just as Batman is. His reflexes, stamina, and endurance are roughly comparable to that of Dick Grayson. In his training to become Robin, Batman instructed him in acrobatics and martial arts. Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Batman (originally referred to as the Bat-Man and still referred to at times as the Batman) is a DC Comics fictional superhero who first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in May 1939. ... High wire act Acrobatics (from Greek Akros, high and bat, walking) is one of the performing arts, and is also practiced as a sport. ... Hawaiian State Grappling Championships. ...


After his return, Jason expands on his training by learning from people of the same caliber as those who trained his ex-mentor, Batman. This has given him fighting skills that allowed him to fight his former mentor and Nightwing to a standstill. Jason has held his own against the Green Arrow in a sword fight, and overpowered Tim Drake at Titans Tower, proving himself to be a formidable adversary.


Through Talia al Ghul, Jason has access to high-level civilian and military-grade weaponry, including firearms, explosives, and even rocket launchers. However, his dagger (which resembles a kris) still remains as his preferred weapon of choice for hand-to-hand combat. Although Jason does not possess the wealth of Bruce Wayne, his arsenal is nearly on par with Batman's. Talia al Ghul is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, the now-estranged daughter of the supervillain Ras al Ghul, and a love interest of Batman. ... A weapon is a tool used to kill or incapacitate a person or animal, or destroy a military target. ... A Glock 22 hand-held firearm with internal laser sight and mounted flashlight, surrounded by hollowpoint ammunition. ... This article is concerned solely with chemical explosives. ... Shoulder-launched weapons avoid the problem of recoil by directing all exhaust out the rear of the launch tube A shoulder-launched missile weapon is a weapon that fires a projectile at a target, yet is small enough to be carried by one person, and fired while held on one... Bold text This article is about the weapon. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Batman (disambiguation). ... Batmans current costume, as shown in the Hush story arc. ...


The Dark Knight Returns

Batman's shrine to Jason, from Batman: Dark Knight Returns. Pencils by Frank Miller.

Prior to the character's death in the main Batman titles, the fate of Jason Todd is foreshadowed by his conspicuous absence in the 1986 limited series The Dark Knight Returns, a non-canon telling of the last years of Batman. In this series, Jason Todd has been dead for ten years; his death is hinted as the reason Batman retired years ago. This miniseries shows the first appearance of what would become an iconic part of the Batcave after Jason's death in "A Death in the Family": Jason's Robin uniform suspended in a glass case as a shrine for the fallen Robin. Image File history File links Robin_shrine. ... Image File history File links Robin_shrine. ... Frank Miller (born January 27, 1957) is an American writer, artist and film director best known for his film noir-style comic book stories. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The Dark Knight Returns (commonly abbreviated to DKR) is a superhero comic book story published by DC Comics between 1985 and 1986, starring Batman and was written and drawn by Frank Miller. ... Canon, in the context of a fictional universe, comprises those novels, stories, films, etc. ... The Batcave. ...


Behind the scenes

In an interview for the Infinite Crisis hardcover, Jeanine Schaefer states that Geoff Johns' original intention was for the Red Hood to be the Jason Todd of Earth-Two. The following is in quote by Jeanine: Infinite Crisis was a seven-issue limited series of comic books published by DC Comics, beginning in October of 2005. ... Geoff Johns (born 25 January 1973 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American comic book writer, best known for his work for DC Comics. ... First appearance of Earth-Two For other uses, see Earth 2. ...


Well, Geoff's idea was to have Red Hood be the Jason Todd of Earth-Two. So he'd be this kid, who wanted to be Batman's sidekick. He sneaks into the Batcave, and the first thing he sees as he boots up the Bat-computers is... Batman murdered. And so he uses Bruce's stuff, training himself to take over for him. I think there was even talk of his possibly being Deathstroke's Robin. The Batman of Earth-Two is a parallel version of the fictional DC Comics superhero, who was introduced after DC Comics created Earth-Two, a parallel world that was retroactively established as the home of characters which had been published in the Golden Age of comic books. ... The Batcave. ... Deathstroke the Terminator (Slade Wilson), also called simply Deathstroke (and originally simply the Terminator) is a fictional character, a supervillain in the DC Comics Universe. ...


In other media

Jason Todd's cameo in the Teen Titans animated series. Note the in-character scowl.
Jason Todd's cameo in the Teen Titans animated series. Note the in-character scowl.

Although Jason Todd has never appeared in any adaptations of the Batman comics, Tim Drake from The New Batman Adventures is depicted as a hybrid of these two characters' comic versions, with a background almost identical to the Post-Crisis Jason's. Tim Drake's father was killed by Two-Face and he turned to theft to keep from starvation. Tim is often far more responsive to Bruce's orders and showed he adhered to the code Batman established in the episode "Never Fear" he stopped Batman from killing a thug after an shock interrogation, a move that mirrors the comic story where Jason let a thug fall to his death. In one case Tim's personality was similar to Jason's impulsiveness in the episode "Growing Pains" where he didn't take Batman's orders and came close to crossing Batman's "no killing" rule, after he found out that Clayface had "killed" his friend Annie, who turned out to be a part of Clayface with her own identity and emotions; though in that case Tim acted out of sadness where as Jason acted in his belief in the criminal mind. Image File history File links Jasontt. ... Image File history File links Jasontt. ... The New Batman Adventures was the successor to the highly acclaimed American animated television series Batman: The Animated Series. ... Crisis on Infinite Earths was a 12-issue comic book limited series (identified as a 12-part maxi-series) and crossover event, produced by DC Comics in 1985 in order to simplify their fifty-year-old continuity. ...


The Teen Titans animated series actually depicts the character onscreen. Beast Boy, in the episode "X", asserts that the person behind the mask of Robin's one-time persona Red X is a robotic monkey, but does so with the aid of a diagram illustrating numerous different possible identities, including Jason Todd. Teen Titans was an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami and produced by Warner Bros. ... Beast Boy (real name Garfield Mark Gar Logan) is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe, a shapeshifting superhero who is a former member of the Doom Patrol and member of the Teen Titans. ... Red X is a fictional character, and anti-hero in the animated television series Teen Titans, voiced by Scott Menville. ...


The short-lived live-action television series Birds of Prey references Jason Todd. In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... For other meanings of the term, see Bird of prey. ...


Comedian Brian Posehn, who voices the Wisdom Cube in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cubing", is credited as Jason Todd. Posehn is an avid comic book fan, and he reads comic books in the movie and television show Comedians of Comedy. Brian Posehn (born July 6, 1966 in Sacramento, California) is an American actor and comedian, best known for his roles as mail clerk Kevin Liotta on Just Shoot Me! and as a cast member of HBOs Mr. ... For the movie, see Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters. ... The Comedians of Comedy is an occasional stand-up comedy tour featuring Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Brian Posehn and Maria Bamford that was documented in a 2005 film and 2005 Comedy Central television series of the same name, both directed by Michael Blieden. ...


There are Some unknown actors that portrays Jason Todd as Robin titled Death in the Family and Red Hood at You Tube.Both are fan made postings


References

  • Daniels, Les. Batman: The Complete History. Chronicle Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8118-4232-0
  • Pearson, Roberta E.; Uricchio, William (editors). The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media. Routledge: London, 1991. ISBN 0-85170-276-7

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Notes

  1. ^ Countdown #50
  2. ^ a b Daniels, Les. Batman: The Complete History. Chronicle Books, 1999. ISBN 0-8118-4232-0, pg. 147
  3. ^ Pearson, Roberta E.; Uricchio, William. "Notes from the Batcave: An Interview with Dennis O'Neil." The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media. Routledge: London, 1991. ISBN 0-85170-276-7, pg. 21
  4. ^ a b Daniels, pg. 160
  5. ^ Pearson; Uricchio. "Notes from the Batcave: An Interview with Dennis O'Neil." Pg. 22
  6. ^ O'Neil, Dennis. "Postscript." Batman: A Death in the Family. DC Comics, 1988. ISBN 0-930289-44-7
  7. ^ Daniels, pg. 161
  8. ^ Sharrett, Christopher. "Batman and the Twilight of the Idols: An Interview with Frank Miller." The Many Lives of the Batman: Critical Approaches to a Superhero and His Media. Routledge: London, 1991. ISBN 0-85170-276-7, pg. 41
  9. ^ A Death in the Family trade paperback
  10. ^ "If I had to do it again, I would certainly have kept my mouth shut." -- Dennis O'Neil, Who Killed Robin? An Interactive Whodunit, from DC Comics: A Celebration of the World's Favorite Comic Book Heroes, by Les Daniels
  11. ^ a b Spoiler Sport: Hello Again. Newsarama.com (March 31, 2005). Retrieved on June 16, 2007.
  12. ^ Detective Comics #534 (1983)
  13. ^ Batman #410
  14. ^ Batman #415
  15. ^ Batman #411
  16. ^ Batman #424
  17. ^ Batman: Hush" 2001
  18. ^ Batman Annual #25 (March 2006)
  19. ^ Batman #635 (December 2004)
  20. ^ Batman #630 (July 2004)
  21. ^ Batman #641 (June 2005)
  22. ^ Teen Titans #29 (December 2005)
  23. ^ Batman Annual #25 (March 2006)
  24. ^ Nightwing #118-122 (2005)
  25. ^ Countdown #51
  26. ^ "DC Nation" Justice Society of America vol. 3,  #7 (July 2007)

Dennis Denny ONeil is a comic book writer and editor, principally for Marvel Comics and DC Comics in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, and Group Editor for the Batman family of books until his retirement. ... March 31 is the 90th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (91st in leap years), with 275 days remaining. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

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