Robin ongoing 1997 (issues 37-48)

Issue #37

Cover Date: January 1997
Subtitle: Who Dies with the Most Toys...
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Bob Smith
Storyline: Toyman and the General went to rob Gotham's biggest toy collector. Robin intervened when Toyman turned on his partner. Robin was able to rescue Armstrong and take both criminals down. The only casualties of the General's war were the collector's toys.


Issue #38

Cover Date: February 1997
Subtitle: Watchin' the Detectives
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Bob Smith
Storyline: Slyfox and his gang began making their presence known as Tim continued to struggle with his social life. Robin burst in on them while they were stealing records for future heists from an insurance company. A reality based TV show also arrived.


Issue #39

Cover Date: March 1997
Subtitle: Gotaway Gone
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Bob Smith
Storyline: Slyfox's team escaped with Robin right behind them (after he destroyed the footage that had been shot). He used the TV crew's van to catch up with and take down the thieves.


Issue #40

Cover Date: April 1997
Subtitle: Nowhere Fast
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Bob Smith
Storyline: Tim visited Ariana while her family was away. She opened up to him and wanted for them to sleep together. Tim told her he wasn't ready for that as her aunt and uncle came home. Spoiler foiled an attack by the Ghost Dragons.


Issue #41

Cover Date: May 1997
Subtitle: Rebound
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson
Storyline: Tim escaped Ariana's Uncle Vari's wrath and went out as Robin. Spoiler caught up with him and told him about the Ghost Dragon incident. The next night, they went out to take the gang down, but were only able to bust up some of their merchandise - none of the Ghost Dragons were captured.


Issue #42

Cover Date: June 1997
Subtitle: Crock around the Clock
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jason Armstrong, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Robin investigated a crime spree where the perpetrator was dressed as a popular children's TV character, Crocky the Crocodile. The investigation led to another children's TV personality which had dropped in the ratings due to Crocky's popularity. He helped Sheriff Shotgun Smith take the man down.


Issue #43

Cover Date: July 1997
Subtitle: The Quarry
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jason Armstrong, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Robin tried to follow his friend Ives, but lost him. At school the next day, Tim learned Ariana's uncle transferred her to an all girls school. Ives' secret came out - he went out nightly in a mask, as Ricky the Rat at a children's fun park. Robin went to look for Spoiler, who'd been captured by Titus Czonka, an associate of her father's, calling himself Baffler.


Issue #44

Cover Date: August 1997
Subtitle: The Stupid Death
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Jason Armstrong, Robert Campanella
Storyline: Baffler caught and tied Robin up in a building that was set to be demolished the next morning. Czonka later tripped and knocked himself out. Robin got free and helped Spoiler and Czonka to safety. The two vigilantes delivered him to the police. When Tim returned home, his father was back. He'd heard from Ariana's uncle, and Tim was grounded.


Issue #45

Cover Date: September 1997
Subtitle: Grounded
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Staz Johnson, Bob Smith
Storyline: Grounded and confined to his room, Tim learned of a hostage situation in town from TV. While mowing the next day, Bruce told him about how it went down. Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong, aka The General, hooked up with Arabs preparing for war with a neighboring country while they were in town at an arms show.


Issue #46

Cover Date: October 1997
Subtitle: Dark at Dawn
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Cully Hamner, Sal Buscema
Storyline: With his father away, Robin snuck out. False Facers on an arms deal got into a shootout with the police. The perpetrators split up; police followed the False Facers, Robin followed the buyers. Young El, the boy who killed one of Tim's friends at school, was in the car he chased. It wrecked and Tim chased the boy into an abandoned building. Young El was caught inside when it collapsed. Tim was unable to save him and he died.


Issue #47

Cover Date: November 1997
Subtitle: Warchild chapter 1: The Prepubescent and the Dead
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto, Bob Smith
Storyline: Tim, still beating himself up for Young El's death, learned Ulysses Hadrian Armstrong was leading a nation to war in the Middle East. He asked Nightwing to help him out, and they borrowed a WayneTech prototype jet. Robin parachuted into the middle of the battleground.


Issue #48

Cover Date: December 1997
Subtitle: Mission Creep
Writer(s): Chuck Dixon
Artists(s): Eduardo Barreto, Bob Smith
Storyline: Jack Drake reported his son missing. With Robin going in to capture the General, Nightwing used the plane's gun power to take out a dam. The ensuing flood separated the armies. The General was ousted by the country he led and was arrested for treason and murder. Nightwing dropped Tim off in Paris to get in touch with his spiritual side.


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