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Batman Family

Influential 1970's series featuring the whole roster of Batman-related characters.

Batman Family ran for twenty issues in the 1970s and featured original lead stories teaming Batgirl and Robin, but backed up by reprints from older Batman-related books. It was eventually outselling Detective Comics, which had a hard time staying afloat during the 1970s with low sales and frequent possible cancellations dangling over its head. When an actual order came down to quit publication on Detective, a compromise was enacted that merged the better-selling Batman Family with DC's old flagship book (After all, DC Comics is called "Dee See" because of Detective Comics) and this effectively created a hybrid comic featuring Batman and Batman Family material. (Eventually Detective shed the Batman Family infusion.)

Among the hardcore Batman fans who eschewed distractions like Robin, Batgirl, Batwoman, Bat-Dog, etc., Batman Family was a bit of an abomination, containing storylines that veered toward the emotional inter-relational tales that were coming out of Marvel Comics and other books that had more soap opera to fill out the background of the action.

The irony is that the under-selling Detective Comics featured the kind of obsessive solo-Batman tales that Frank Miller would heavily refurbish into Dark Knight Returns.

The Batman Family storylines are arguably an early template for the 21st century Batman comics, personality-based tales with a growing roster of cast members that complicate Bruce Wayne's life and his single minded war on crime.

The "Bat-Family"

Original list at Tumblr by Mangolon

Bruce Wayne

As Batman - Detective Comics #27, 1939

Dick Grayson

As Dick Grayson - Detective Comics #38, 1940
As Robin - Detective Comics #38, 1940
As Nightwing - Tales of the Teen Titans #44, 1984
As Batman - Robin #0, 1994
As Agent 37 - Grayson #1, 2014

Barbara Gordon

As Batgirl - Detective Comics #359, 1967
As Oracle - Suicide Squad #23, 1989

Jason Todd

As Jason Todd - Batman #357, 1983
As Robin - Batman #366, 1983
As Red Hood - Batman, Under the Hood, 2005
As Wingman - Batman Incorporated #1, 2012

Tim Drake

As Tim Drake - Batman #436, 1989
As Robin - Batman #457, 1990
As Red Robin - Robin #181, 2009 (cameo)

Stephanie Brown

As Stephanie Brown - Detective Comics #647, 1992
As Spoiler - Detective Comics #648, 1992
As Robin - Robin #126, 2004
As Batgirl - Batgirl #1, 2009

Cassandra Cain

As Cassandra Cain - Batman #567, 1999
As Batgirl - Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight #120, 1999
As Black Bat - Batman Incorporated #6, 2011
As Orphan - Batman & Robin Eternal #26, 2016

Damian Wayne

As Damian Wayne - Batman #655, 2006
As Robin - Batman #657, 2006
As Batman - Batman #666, 2007

Kate Kane

As Kate Kane - 52 #7, 2006
As Batwoman - 52 #11, 2006

Helena Bertinelli

As Huntress - The Huntress #1, 1989
As Batgirl - Batman: Shadow of the Bat #83, 1999
As Matron - Nightwing #30, 2014

Harper Row

As Harper Row - Batman #7, 2012
As Bluebird - Batman #28, 2014

Duke Thomas

As Duke Thomas - Batman #30, 2014
As Robin - We Are…Robin #1, 2015
As Signal - Batman and The Signal #1, 2018

Selina Kyle

As Catwoman - Batman #1, 1940

Harleen Quinzel

As Harley Quinn (Batman TAS) - 1x22 - Joker’s Favor, 1992
As Harley Quinn - The Batman Adventures #12, 1993

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