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Batman, Conway, and Disappointed: DEATH IN THE FAMILY Afternoon Gothamites! Established in Judd Winick's Batman Annual 25 from 2006, on this day (April 27) in Batman history the character Jason Todd is brutally murdered by The Joker in Jim Starlin's 1988-1989 4 issue arc "Batman: A Death in the Family" (SWIPE for full gallery). Created by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, Jason Peter Todd debuted in Batman (Vol 1) 357 in 1983. Becoming the 2nd Robin the Boy Wonder after the previous Robin, Dick Grayson, took up the more mature mantle of Nightwing, once the DC Universe reboot of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" occurred in 1989, Jason's origin story and personality changed to a rebellious orphan taken under Bruce Wayne's literal wing. Jason's tough exterior didn't translate well as the new Robin so readers voted for his death by the hands of Joker in Starlin's arc (Batman (Vol 1) 426 -429). The death of Robin haunts and guilts Batman for over a decade until he returns as the new Red Hood in Judd Winick's "Under the Hood" (Batman (Vol 1) 635 - 638 in February to May 2005). Winick also pens Jason's resurrection story, explaining how Superboy Prime during the Infinite Crisis saga punched the timeline, changing Todd's fate. After being thrown into the Lazarus Pit by Ra's and Talia al Ghul and learning the Joker was never stopped by Batman (death certificate panel by Shane Davis, Mark Morales and Alex Sinclair), Jason is disappointed and decides to train his mind and body once more to become the Red Hood; his mortality standing in between him and Batman. Jason Todd's journey from Robin to resurrected to Red Hood is one of the most favored in the DC Comics universe. Thanks for following and we'll have more History of the Batman soon! [Sources: bit.ly-YR4uND, bit.ly-YR4qx6, bit.ly-YR4zAJ ; History of the Batman is releasing this content under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License 3.0.] ✌🏼💙🦇
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