|From Earth-1's US MALE catalog|
The spread from Batman Family No.4 (April 1976) is sly on skin and high on variation, but Chris Baker's daring belly-cut deserves some special recognition, as down Robert Aguilar Jr's hairy-chested Robin in what appears to be a Pepperland costume. I'll be honest, I like it. Mind you, it's not shit on the Dick Grayson of David Mouillesea's contribution, which appears to have transformed Robin into an immensely muscled, mustachioed, possibly Native American strongman. It's a bold decision and I stand by it.
But it's the single-page spread from Batman Family No.13 (September 1977) which takes the beefcakes:
Well worth noting is Michael O.Celeya (of your Humble Editor's one-time residence Tucson, Arizona - Go Wildcats! PS I do not give a shit about basketball or football) contributes a costume which cleverly includes a Robin insignia which had been trotted out in an old Batman story from at least fifteen years earlier - points for the obsessive compulsives!
More impressively, though, please note the lower left hand contribution from soon-to-be Batman artist Norm Breyfogle! First appearance, let's ask Bob Rozakis how much this issue might be worth!
Of course, Robin DID try out a costume change prior to ditching the Robin identity in favor of his Nightwing persona, way back in Justice League of America vol.1 No.92 (September 1971). When the combined Justice League and Justice Society have their collective asses handed to them by a giant, jaundiced alien baby, it's their respective junior members - the Robins of Earth-1 and Earth-2 - who end up taking the brunt of the beating. Licking their wounds and comparing notes on their respective shabby treatments by their elder associates, Golden Age Robin - now a grown-ass adult, probably has coffee breath and chews antacids like candies - shares with the younger Robin a costume designed by a designer friend of his, one "Neal Adams".
|He must feel weird in pants.|