Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend

Bernard Dowd was a very minor character in Batman lore, a student at Louis E. Grieve Memorial High School alongside Robin's secret identity, his friend Tim Drake, who first appeared in 2004 in Robin #121 from DC Comics.

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend
Robin #121 cover

With a crush on Tim's stepmother, he believed conspiracy theories that Batman was working for the government and that the concept of Robin was one of several kids taken from orphanages owned by Batman.

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend
Robin #121

Created by Bill Willingham and Ricky Mays, he only appeared six times in that title, 121-123, 126, 127, and 140. No death, no mysterious disappearance, that was… that.

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend

There was also the suggestion that he may be the son of supervillian Nina Dowd, The Mighty Endowed, but that wasn't explored either.

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend

 

And then he reappeared in Batman: Urban Legends #5 this July. And in the issue that came out last week, Tim  Drake and Bernard Dowd were dating.

Tim Drake, Robin, Bisexual Or Bi-Curious? You Must Wait Till December
Batman: Urban Legends #5

It is also worth noting that after Dowd's experiences in Robin, he had taken training and knows how to fight, taking on those who were kidnapping him alongside Robin.

Tim Drake, Robin, Bisexual Or Bi-Curious? You Must Wait Till December
Batman: Urban Legends #7

Combine that, and the media fuss over the possibility that Tim Drake is a bisexual Robin, might this suggest that Bernard Dowd will be a permanent fixture in DC Comics?

Tim Drake, Robin, Bisexual Or Bi-Curious? You Must Wait Till December
Batman: Urban Legends #7

If so, Robin #121 might be one for collectors to take another look at… because it's not just Tim Drake has been on a journey.

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend

Say, maybe Bernard could be the new Mighty Endowed? Will he shape up?

Speculator Corner: First Appearance Of Robin's New Boyfriend

I suspect that only Tim Drake will be able to tell you…

ROBIN #121
DC COMICS
OCT030222
(W) Bill Willingham (A) Rick Mays (CA) Jason Pearson
Written by Bill Willingham; art by Rick Mays and Aaron Sowd; cover by Jason Pearson
In stores December 17.  The first issue by Eisner Award-winning writer Bill Willingham and acclaimed art team Rick Mays & Aaron Sowd!  While Batman turns up the heat on Robin's training, Tim's encounters the most bloodthirsty killer of his career – one destined to make his life a living hell. FC, 32 pg In Shops: Dec 17, 2003

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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