Yet another sign that DC Comics was pleased with Robin, the Boy Wonder, right from his debut in early 1940 is how prominently it featured the character. Decades later Robin would be relegated to a corner of Detective or Batman magazine covers, expressing surprise and worry at what Batman faced. But in his first year, Robin was often front and center.
On the twelve Detective Comics covers that followed his first appearance, Robin needed Batman to rescue him five times (thrice while tied up in his role as "boy hostage"). But in the majority of those covers he was:
- swinging into the scene four times (twice rescuing Batman).
- tackling a bad guy twice (once on his own under his giant mentor's approving gaze).
- helping a wirewalking Batman by throwing something at a crook in a really confusing and awkward composition.
Detective, #41, follows Dick to an exclusive boarding school, its splash panel announcing:
To ROBIN, THE BOY WONDER falls the task of bringing about the fall of a master criminal...a master murderer!And the third issue of Batman, dated fall 1940, included a story about Dick going undercover as only he could in "The Crime School for Boys."
Robin's first completely solo adventures wouldn't start until Star Spangled Comics in the late 1940s, but already the Batman team was giving him lots of time in the spotlight.