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Look Back: Batman and Robin Are No Longer The Dynamic Duo!

This is "Look Back," a feature that I plan to do for at least all of 2019 and possibly beyond that (and possibly forget about in a week, who knows?). The concept is that every week (I'll probably be skipping the four fifth weeks in the year, but maybe not) of a month, I will spotlight a single issue of a comic book that came out in the past and talk about that issue in terms of a larger scale (like the series overall, etc.). Each week will be a look at a comic book from a different year that came out the same month X amount of years ago. The first week of the month looks at a book that came out this month ten years ago. The second week looks at a book that came out this month 25 years ago. The third week looks at a book that came out this month 50 years ago. The fourth week looks at a book that came out this month 75 years ago.

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Today, we'll look at September 1969's Detective Comics #393 by Frank Robbins, Bob Brown and Joe Giella, featuring the breakup of the Dynamic Duo!

Check out this Irv Novick cover and realize what fans at the time must have thought.

It sure seems like a generic Silver Age style cover, right? Only this time, there was no twist to explain the cover away! They really WERE breaking up!  Of course, it was just that Dick Grayson was going away to college, but still!

Batman and Robin talk about this being their last mission before Dick heads off to school... 

First off, "Robbie"? Seriously? 

Anyhow, now we have a clue. The bad guy has a black eye and drinks soda!

Bruce, Dick and Alfred take one last trip before Dick goes away. I love how sad Alfred is! 

Then a surprise twist! Bruce is bringing along an at-risk youth! One that has a black eye and loves soda! 

But then they meet a society girl who also has a black eye and loves soda!

Batman, of course, assumes that the at-risk kid is the crook, but it is the society girl! 

The at-risk kid is touched that Batman actually cleared his name and with this, Dick is off to school! 

If you have any suggestions for October (or any other later months) 2009, 1994, 1969 and 1944 comic books for me to spotlight, drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com! Here is the guide, though, for the cover dates of books so that you can make suggestions for books that actually came out in the correct month. Generally speaking, the traditional amount of time between the cover date and the release date of a comic book throughout most of comic history has been two months (it was three months at times, but not during the times we're discussing here). So the comic books will have a cover date that is two months ahead of the actual release date (so October for a book that came out in August). Obviously, it is easier to tell when a book from 10 years ago was released, since there was internet coverage of books back then.

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