Real Name
Richard John "Dick" Grayson
First Appearance
Detective Comics (Vol. 1) #38 (April 1940) [as Robin], Tales of the Teen Titans #44 (July, 1984) [as Nightwing], Batman: Battle for the Cowl #3 (July, 2009) [as Batman]
Bob Kane, Bill Finger, Jerry Robinson
Team Affliations
Batman Family, Teen Titans, Young Justice, Outsiders, Justice League, Batman Inc., Spyral, Super Friends (animation only)
Robin, Nightwing, Batman, The Target, Renegade, Agent 37[2] Robbie Malone, Freddy Loyd, Chester Honeywell, Freddie Dinardo
Base of Operations
Gotham City, previously New York City and Blüdhaven
Skills and Abilities
Peak human level athlete, Master martial artist, acrobat, detective, tactician, and field commander
Tools and Weapons
Eskrima Sticks, various spy and detective tools

Dick Grayson aka Nightwing is a superhero in the DC Universe and the first sidekick to Batman .


Richard Grayson was once a circus acrobat along with his parents, until they were murdered by a criminal who sabotaged their act. Dick was soon taken in by Bruce Wayne, who sympathized with his plight and revealed that he was actually Batman, a superhero. Bruce trained Dick to fight crime as his ally and protege, Robin. Later, as Richard grew up and became his own man, he dropped the Robin identity and chose a new one: Nightwing.


  • Note that the Golden Age version of Dick Grayson was later relegated to Earth-Two (along with many other Golden Age superheroes), an alternate universe containing Golden Age characters who aged in real time. In the Silver Age, a different Dick Grayson appeared with an extremely similar backstory.

Golden Age (Earth-Two)

Richard "Dick" Grayson was the son of Mary and John Grayson, an acrobat act known as the Flying Graysons.  When he was old enough, Dick was trained in acrobatics and joined his parents act as a trapeze artist.

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