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Nightwing
Publisher
First appearance
Superman as Nightwing:
Superman #158 (January 1963)
Created by
Edmond Hamilton, Curt Swan
Characters
Kal-El/Clark Kent
Dick Grayson
Tad Ryerstad
Jason Todd
Power Girl
Cheyenne Freemont

Nightwing is a name used by at least six fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. Although originating with the Superman mythos, Dick Grayson (the first Robin) is the character most associated with the name "Nightwing". The alias is also frequently paired with "Flamebird", another title taken by several DC Comics characters. 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. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... For other uses, see Clark Kent (disambiguation). ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... Nite-Wing, whose real name is Tad Ryerstad, is a fictional character appearing in the DC Comics series Nightwing. ... Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character published in stories by DC Comics. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... 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. ... Cover to the History of the DC Universe trade paperback. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... Bette Kane as Flamebird and Dick Grayson as Nightwing. ...


The name is originally used by the pre-Crisis Superman, when he and Jimmy Olsen act as vigilantes during trips to the bottle city of Kandor. Later, Superman's cousin Van-Zee uses the name. Post-Crisis, Superman attributes the name to a historic Kryptonian crimefighter. The Superman-related heroes serve as an inspiration for Dick Grayson when he sheds his Robin identity and assumes the name and a new costume in Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (1984). 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. ... James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character, a photojournalist who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... Superman and the modern Kandor. ... Krypton is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ... The Teen Titans, also known as “The New Teen Titans”, “New Titans”, or “The Titans”, a DC Comics superhero team. ...


In the Nightwing comic book series, Grayson trains a killer who goes by the name of Nite-Wing, but later must capture him when he realizes Nite-Wing's violent nature. "One Year Later" storylines in Nightwing and Supergirl feature characters Jason Todd, Cheyenne Freemont, and Power Girl using the name "Nightwing". A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... Nite-Wing, whose real name is Tad Ryerstad, is a fictional character appearing in the DC Comics series Nightwing. ... One Year Later event logo. ... Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character published in stories by DC Comics. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ...

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Character history

Superman

As first depicted in the story "Superman in Kandor" in Superman (Vol. 1) #158 (January 1963), Nightwing is an alias used by Superman in Edmond Hamilton-penned pre-Crisis adventures in the city of Kandor, a Kryptonian city that was shrunken and preserved in a bottle. Superman began as a feature in Action Comics #1 in June 1938. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ... Edmond Hamilton (November 21, 1904 - February 1, 1977) began writing science fiction with the story The Monster God of Mamurth in 1928. ... 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. ... Superman and the modern Kandor. ... Krypton is a fictional planet in the DC Comics universe. ...


In Kandor, Superman has no superpowers and, in the story, is branded an outlaw there due to a misunderstanding. To disguise themselves, Superman and Jimmy Olsen create vigilante identities inspired by Batman and Robin. Because neither bats nor robins lived on Krypton, Superman chooses the names of two birds owned by Superman's Kandorian friend Nor-Kan: "Nightwing" for himself and "Flamebird" for Olsen. The Dynamic Duo of Kandor create costumes evocative of the birds' plumage. Nightwing and Flamebird rename Nor-Kan's underground laboratory as the "Nightcave", and use it as their secret headquarters. They also convert Nor-Kan's automobile into their "Nightmobile", and use "jet-belts" to fly into battle. A superpower is a state with the ability to influence events or project power on a wide scale. ... James Bartholomew Jimmy Olsen is a fictional character, a photojournalist who appears in DC Comics’ Superman stories. ... 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. ...

Superman and Jimmy as Nightwing and Flamebird. From Superman #158 (1963). Art by Curt Swan.
Superman and Jimmy as Nightwing and Flamebird. From Superman #158 (1963). Art by Curt Swan.

In Jimmy Olsen #69 (June 1963), "The Dynamic Duo of Kandor" introduces Nightwing's dog Nighthound. In "The Feud Between Batman and Superman" in World's Finest #143(August 1964), Batman and Robin themselves visit Kandor with Superman and Olsen and the two Dynamic Duos team up. Image File history File links S158s2. ... Image File history File links S158s2. ... Curtis D. Swan (born February 17, 1920 in Willmar, Minnesota; died June 16, 1996)[1] was an American comic book artist, best known for his work on the Superman comics spanning three decades. ... Worlds Finest Comics was a comic book series published by DC Comics from 1941 to 1986. ...


In Superman Family #183 (May-June 1977), Superman's look-alike second cousin Van-Zee and his niece's husband Ak-Var take up the Nightwing and Flamebird identities. The vigilantes take on crime in their city as had Superman and Olsen before them. Superman Family was a DC Comics comic book series which ran from 1974 to 1982 featuring primarily stories starring supporting characters in the Superman comics. ... A look-alike is a person who bears a close physical resemblance to a celebrity, politician or royalty. ...


In 2001's Superman: The Man of Steel #111, Superman and Lois Lane travel to Krypton. Labeled as criminals, Superman and Lois become fugitives, adopting the Nightwing and Flamebird identities to survive, just as had Superman and Olsen in Superman #158. For the Dutch girl group, see Loïs Lane. ...


Dick Grayson

The teamup between both Nightwing and Flamebird teams along with their inspirations, Batman and Robin, for an adventure in Kandor proves important to the young Dick Grayson. When Dick later gives up his role as Robin in 1984, he recalls the Kandorian adventure and renames himself Nightwing, in homage to both Batman and Superman. After the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths re-boot the DC continuity, Superman no longer has knowledge of Kandor; instead, he remembers Nightwing as an urban legend of Krypton, which he shares with a young Dick Grayson. Grayson, who considers Superman his favorite superhero, takes the identity in his honor. This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... The DC Universe Timeline is a timeline of the major events in the fictional DC Universe. ...

Dick Grayson in his original Nightwing costume. From Tales of the Titans #59 (1984).
Dick Grayson in his original Nightwing costume. From Tales of the Titans #59 (1984).

In Blüdhaven, a sociopath named Tad Ryerstad becomes a superhero, inspired by the retired hero Tarantula. He takes his name, Nite-Wing, from an all-night deli specializing in chicken wings. Unstable, Nite-Wing beats people for minor offenses. Nite-Wing is shot on his first night out and Dick Grayson, as Blüdhaven's protector Nightwing, defends him from Blockbuster's gang, who think it is Nightwing who has been injured. After Nite-Wing is released from the hospital, he kills the gang who put him there. Not realizing how violent Ryerstad is, Grayson agrees to train him. The two attack Blockbuster's organization but are captured and separated. After an undercover FBI agent frees Nite-Wing, Ryerstad beats him to death, and when he realizes what he has done, Ryerstad flees. Nightwing tracks him down and incarcerates Nite-Wing. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ... Two characters have been named Tarantula in the DC Comics universe. ... Nite-Wing, whose real name is Tad Ryerstad, is a fictional character appearing in the DC Comics series Nightwing. ... Blockbuster is the name of three fictional characters in the DC Comics Universe. ...

Power Girl as Nightwing. Art by Ed Benes.
Power Girl as Nightwing. Art by Ed Benes.

In the 2006 One Year Later storylines, multiple characters join Dick Grayson in using the name "Nightwing". Bruce Jones' Nightwing run features Jason Todd prowling the streets of New York City under the guise of Nightwing, copying Grayson's costume. Additionally, a metahuman fashion designer named Cheyenne Freemont dons a modified Nightwing costume to help Grayson. In Greg Rucka's Supergirl (Vol. 3) #6, Power Girl and Supergirl assume the identities of Nightwing and Flamebird in a story set in Kandor, just as in the original stories featuring Superman. Image File history File links NightwingKandor. ... Image File history File links NightwingKandor. ... José Edilbenes Bezerra (born in 1972 in Alto Santo, Ceara Brazil) is a Brazilian comic book artist, better known as his pen name Ed Benes. ... One Year Later event logo. ... Bruce Jones is an American comic book writer, novelist, illustrator, and screenwriter possibly best known for writing Marvel Comics The Incredible Hulk from 2001-2003. ... Jason Peter Todd is a fictional character published in stories by DC Comics. ... Metahuman is a term to describe superhumans in the DC Universe. ... Greg Rucka is an American writer of novels and comic books. ... Power Girl (real name Kara Zor-L, also known as Karen Starr) is a DC Comics superhero, making her first appearance in All Star Comics #58 (January/February 1976). ... For other uses, see Supergirl (disambiguation). ...


In other media

The Nightwing ride at Six Flags New England
The Nightwing ride at Six Flags New England

Dick Grayson is the only character to use the codename of "Nightwing" in media other than comic books. Image File history File links Nightwing_RIDE.jpg‎ Summary source is newengland six flags webpage--PUBLICITY PHOTO Licensing This image is of a poster for an event, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the organization hosting the event or the artist which produced the poster in... Image File history File links Nightwing_RIDE.jpg‎ Summary source is newengland six flags webpage--PUBLICITY PHOTO Licensing This image is of a poster for an event, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the organization hosting the event or the artist which produced the poster in... Six Flags New England, or SFNE, is a theme park in the Six Flags chain of parks, named for the New England region in which it is located. ... This article is about the DC Comics hero and former sidekick of Batman. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ...

Nightwing from The New Batman Adventures. Art by Bruce Timm.
Nightwing from The New Batman Adventures. Art by Bruce Timm.

Dick Grayson appears as Nightwing in The New Batman Adventures, voiced by actor Loren Lester, the actor who had voiced Grayson as Robin in Batman: The Animated Series. The episode "Old Wounds" explains that Grayson, as Robin, fought with Batman over the latter's controlling nature and what the former saw as an unnecessarily harsh approach, causing Grayson to leave Gotham as a result. However, he returns years later as Nightwing. Although he works with Batman several times during the course of the series, he never fully reconciles with his former mentor. Image File history File links Nightwing01. ... Image File history File links Nightwing01. ... Bruce Walter Timm (born on February 8, 1961) is an American character designer, animator and producer. ... The New Batman Adventures was the successor to the highly acclaimed American animated television series Batman: The Animated Series. ... Loren Lester is an actor of stage, screen, and voice, best known for his portrayal of DC Comics superhero Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing in the numerous Batman animated series and features. ... Robin is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. ... The animated Batman shoots his grappling gun from a rooftop in a scene from the episode, On Leather Wings. ...


In the television series Batman Beyond, which is set many years in the future, the Nightwing uniform (or at least one copy of it) still hangs in the Batcave. Terry McGinnis (the new Batman) borrows the mask from that costume in the episode "Lost Soul," when the Batsuit is reprogrammed with the personality of a dead businessman. In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, McGinnis asks Commissioner Barbara Gordon (the former Batgirl) if all of the original Batman's associates were bitter when they left. She replies "...look up Nightwing someday. Has he got stories," implying that he is still alive and using the identity in the timeframe of the series. Batman Beyond (known as Batman of the Future in Europe, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand and India) is an American animated television series created by The WB Television Network in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. ... Terry McGinnis (age 17). ... Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker is a direct-to-video animated film featuring the comic book superhero Batman. ... Batgirl is a DC Comics superhero. ...


In the film Batman Forever Dick Grayson (Chris O'Donnell) suggests "Nightwing" as a name for himself. In the next film Batman & Robin, the costume Robin wears is just like the costume in the comic books with Nightwing, except the main symbol across his chest and arms is red instead of blue in the comics. Batman Forever is a 1995 superhero film. ... Christopher Chris Eugene ODonnell (born June 26, 1970) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor, perhaps best known for playing Robin in the Batman films, Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. ... The film Batman and Robin, directed by Joel Schumacher, is considered by most to be less serious than the 1989 Batman movie and sequels Batman Returns (1992) and Forever (1995). ...


Nightwing also has a cameo as a silhouette in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Grudge Match". As Black Canary enters Blüdhaven, Nightwing can be seen on a rooftop next to two gargoyles. Justice League Unlimited (or JLU) was the name of an American animated television series that was produced by and aired on Cartoon Network. ... Black Canary is a fictional character, a DC Comics superheroine. ... Blüdhaven is a fictional city in the DC Universe. ...

Robin and the alternate future Nightwing from the Teen Titans animated series.
Robin and the alternate future Nightwing from the Teen Titans animated series.

In the Teen Titans animated series episode "How Long is Forever?", Nightwing appears as the future identity of Robin. He also appears in the Teen Titans Go! comic series based on the series. [1] Image File history File links Robinnightwing1. ... Image File history File links Robinnightwing1. ... Teen Titans was an American animated television series created by Sam Register and Glen Murakami and produced by Warner Bros. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... The following is an episode list for the American animated television series Teen Titans. ... This article is about the comic book superhero Robin as he appears in other media, such as films, television and radio. ... Teen Titans Go! is a 2000s comic book published by DC Comics. ...

Nightwing, as he appeared on The Batman.
Nightwing, as he appeared on The Batman.

The Batman animated series episode "Artifacts", set in the year 3027 with flashbacks to the year 2027. The flashback sequences feature Nightwing, voiced by Jerry O'Connell. Although Dick has been active for ten years as Nightwing, Batman and Oracle persist in calling him "Robin." Nightwing will appear again in season 5. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Batman is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... The Batman is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... List of The Batman episodes Artifacts is the forty-sixth episode of the television series The Batman. ... For the politician, see Jerry J. OConnell Michael Jeremiah Jerry OConnell (born February 17, 1974), is an American television and film actor. ... Oracle is a fictional character, the nom de guerre of a superhero appearing in the publications of DC Comics. ...


Bruce Timm is currently working on 3 new animated movies set for release sometime soon.[citation needed] One is based on the Teen Titans story arc The Judas Contract in which Robin becomes Nightwing.


In several Six Flags amusement parks, there is a ride called Nightwing located in the DC Superheroes area. For the national flags of Texas, see Six flags over Texas. ...


Powers and Abilities

Nightwing (like his mentor Batman) has many different gadgets that he uses to defeat his enemies. Most of the gadgets are in the form of small boomerangs; some of them explode, some spread liquid nitrogen to freeze objects, and some are just sharp, which he uses to disarm but not kill. Along with his boomerangs he has a grappling gun, and a retractable quarter staff which measures at six feet long at maximum length and one foot long at minimum length. Nightwing has trained in many different martial arts including Aikido, Jeet Kune Do, Escrima, Karate, Jiu-jitsu, Taekwondo, Tai Chi, Kendo, Hapkido, Wing Chun, Ninjitsu, Kempo, and Judo. Nightwing is also an experienced gymnast and spent several years of his youth in the circus. Along with skills with gadgetry and martial arts, Nightwing is exceedingly intelligent. He uses his detective skills and tactics to out think physically superior opponents. General Name, Symbol, Number nitrogen, N, 7 Chemical series nonmetals Group, Period, Block 15, 2, p Appearance colorless gas Standard atomic weight 14. ...


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