Dick Grayson is a male comic superhero that features in DC Comics.
During his time as one of the Flying Graysons, he met and befriended a clown by the name of Waldo Simpson with him being a close friend of the family to the point that he was like a godfather. (Batman v1 #337)
His unscrupulous uncle George Grayson along with his wife Clara Grayson returned in his life when they claimed that Bruce Wayne was an unfit guardian. As a result, Wayne lost custody of Dick who fell under the care of his uncle and aunt. It was revealed that the court case made against Wayne was part of a fraudulent ploy to extort $1 million dollars but it failed allowing Bruce to regain custody of Dick Grayson. (Batman v1 #20)
Grayson later tried at being a comic book writer during a time with Crescent Comics. (Batman v1 #35)
Following the Flashpoint, a new version of reality was created with a different history of events.
He managed to recover from the hit but suffered amnesia leading to him forgetting most of his past. This saw him returning to Bludhaven where he began to operate under the name of Ric Gray. Without a place to live, he would break into peoples houses and sleep there where he would leave before the owners returned with him leaving money behind in compensation. Most of the time, he went to a local bar where he came to consider the people his friends. Around this time, Barbara Gordon met him and tried to help him remember his past though Ric refused to do so. (Nightwing v4 #50)
Personality and attributes
At one time, he came to be referred to as the Target when he operated in an identity that could not be connected to Nightwing. (Nightwing: Target v1 #1)
Powers and abilities
As Robin, he used to face greater danger for being more visible and being smaller. This led to him being forced to learn how to read people in a manner that even Batman did not with him looking to know how others felt or their next action by their faces or the smallest of movements. (Nightwing v4 #12)
He came to make modifications to his batons to make better use of his circus skills including grapples that shot out of it allowing him to swing across rooftops. (Nightwing v4 #44)
- Dick Grayson was created by Bill Finger and Jerry Robinson where he made his first appearance as Robin in Detective Comics v1 #38 (April, 1940).
- In Nightwing Annual v2 #1 (1997), the character had a Romani heritage being introduced into his backstory.
- In Batman v1 #20 (1943), the Earth-Two Dick Grayson was shown to have had an uncle named George Grayson who was the brother of his father with the man married to woman named Clara Grayson. The pair claimed that they were in Europe when they heard that John Grayson had died which was why they did not take in Dick but in reality they wanted to use the boy to extort Bruce Wayne of his money.
- Writer Scott Snyder had said in an interview on the character, "He’s the character that more than anyone else in the Bat-Family wears his heart on his sleeve. He’s not the best detective from an empirical standpoint, but he’s the best emotional detective out of all the former Robins, in my opinion. He’s someone who understands human psychology; he understands empathy. There are mysteries Bruce wouldn’t do as well on as Dick and he sometimes gets shortchanged in terms of people thinking of him as Batman-light. But I don't think of him that way. I think of him more as someone with a very different skill set as a detective and Gotham would look very different under his mantle."
- In Batman: Dark Knight of the Round Table v1 (1998), Richard Grayson appeared in the alternate reality setting set on an Elseworld in Arthurian times. He was a young man whose family was killed during an attack from Mordred who attacked his village. Grayson was discovered by the Dark Knight who saw in Grayson a similar injustice as was done to him and decided to take the young boy as a squire to train him.
- In Planetary/Batman (2003) cross over, a Dick Grayson was shown to occupy the Wildstorm Universe on Earth-50. He was shown being affiliated with the Planetary organisation and was situated in their Gotham City office where a comrade of his was Jaspers (who resembled the Joker).
- In Trinity (2008), an alternate timeline was created after the Trinity were removed from history. On this world, the character was instead known as Richie Grayson who was a criminal and a member of Tony Zucco's mob.
- In Countdown: The Hunt for Ray Palmer: Red Rain (2009), the Earth-43 Dick Grayson was based on the story of Batman & Dracula: Red Rain. On this Earth, the Flying Grayson were killed by the vampire Batman as shown in DC Infinite Halloween Special. Dick grew up as an obsessive vampire hunter but was ultimately turned by Batman into a vampire where he became hi partner. He became a member of the Blood League that consisted of Batman and the other members of the vampire Justice League.
- In Batman Beyond Universe v1 #9-14 (2014), Dick Grayson was shown to reside on the world of the Justice Lords future that was set in a Batman Beyond style future. Commander Grayson headed the Justice Lords Task Force that sought to enforce their tyrannical rule of order on the world. In this world, he had married Barbara Gordon with the pair having a son named John with Grayson reluctantly following the orders of Lord Superman.
- In Earth-2: World's End (2014), a new version of Earth-2 Dick Grayson was introduced as part of the New 52 Multiverse. On this Earth, he was a reporter and married to Barbara Gordon who was a police officer where they had a son named John Grayson. During Apokolips onslaught on Earth, Barbara was killed during a riot and Grayson managed to take his son onto one of the fleeing evacuation ships. He was partly trained by this Earth's Ted Grant before accompanying the Wonders that got sent to Telos. During Convergence, he was with Earth-2 Batman who died and proved instrumental in convincing Telos to turn against Brainiac. In Earth-2: Society (2015), he adopted the cowl and became the new Batman of the new Earth that the inhabitants of Earth-2 had settled on after fleeing their homeworld.
- In Superman: American Alien v1 (2016), an alternate version of Dick Grayson was shown as the young ward of Bruce Wayne with him attending the Cerberus Summit where he encountered reporter Clark Kent.
- In Nightwing: The New Order v1 (2017), an alternate version of Dick Grayson was shown in this world. He was shown to had waged a campaign against superhuman people in the world where he established the Crusaders. These were a group of non-powered agents that arrested superhumans so that they could be placed on inhibitors that counteracted their abilities. At some point, he had a son with Starfire named Jake Grayson who he cared for and looked after where by 2028 he managed to neutralise 90% of the worlds super-powered population. Jake had manifested superpowers but kept them secret until his father witnessed them leading to him attempting to place his son on Inhibitor meds but his body was immune. He was eventually discovered by the Crusaders program who later apprehended the boy and killing Alfred Pennyworth when he resisted the arrest.
- In Batman Beyond v6 #25 (2018), an alternate possible future was shown in the time of Batman Beyond. Dick Grayson was shown to had become the Mayor of Bludhaven in this future.
In other media
- In Batman, Dick Grayson appeared in the 1960s live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Burt Ward.
- In Titans, Dick Grayson appeared in the live-action television series where he was portrayed by actor Brenton Thwaites.
- In Batman and Harley Quinn, Dick Grayson as Nightwing appeared in the animated film with him being voiced once more by actor Loren Lester.
- In Injustice: Gods Among Us, Dick Grayson as Nightwing appeared as a playable character in the fighting video game where he was voiced by actor Troy Baker.
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