Jason Todd becomes the new Robin in Batman from February of 1984 in "A Revenge of Rainbows!" Dick Grayson passes along the mantle of Robin to Jason Todd, saying that all his crime fighting life he was trying to be like Bruce, but he is his own kind of hero, and Jason would be the one to assure the role of Robin would not become history. Later the new Robin accompanies Batman on a “shakedown cruise” around Gotham. But neither suspect that Crazy-Quilt, the first Robin’s mortal enemy, is stalking the new Robin.
Batman from January of 1984 has Jason Todd as "Robin-In-Training" in "The Green Ghosts of Gotham". Poison Ivy returns to take control of business execs by means of special plants, to create sentient “plant-men” slaves, and to oppose Batman and his new partner. Batman and 'Ishmael' hit the streets of Gotham. Although Batman still wants to fight alone, Batman still calls for "Robin" instead of Ishmael when he needs assistance and stops Poison Ivy. Coincidence? I think not! FInally the issue of the passing of the Robin mantle happens in the next issue and post!
Batman from December of 1983 is the first time when Jason Todd helps Bruce as a costumed sidekick...his debut as Robin! In "The Joker is Wild!", Jason wanders around Wayne Manor, again. This time, he finds Dick Grayson's Robin costume. As rebels and government forces clash in Guatemala, Batman battles the Joker. During the fight, Jason surprises Batman when he comes to help him beat the Joker, dressed as Robin. The evolution of Jason Todd becoming the next Robin continues in the next issue and post!
Batman deals with the newly adoptive Jason Todd starting in Detective Comics from August of 1983 entitled "The Thief of Night!". The Batman encounters the black-clad Thief of Night, who steals precious gems to bring to his lover Nocturna. At the same time, Jason Todd considers going back to the circus, since Batman will not take him on as his new partner. The story continues in Batman from September of 1983 in "Elegant Night Crimes". Batman learns the origin of Nocturna and the Thief of Night. Orphaned at a young age, Natalia Knight has a passion for astronomy and the night and eventually found a job at Gotham City Observatory. While working there one night, she became victim to a radioactive laser, which drained her skin of all pigment. It also rendered her sensitive to light. Once she met her adoptive parent's real son Anton Knight, they fell in love and both decided to keep the inheritance once the father died. They took it upon themselves to keep them in their accustomed lifestyle through burglary, since Natalia needed expensive medical equipment to treat her pigmentation. While the origins are revealed, Jason Todd prepares to run away from home. In Detective Comics from September of 1983, the story "Passion Noctornale" unveils when Jason Todd runs away from home, while Batman testifies at the Night-Thief’s trial and attempts to capture Nocturna.
Read this one awhile ago and man was it good. Wish I could have been able to read it when it was number 1 and was call batman and robin.
Hey Batman fans! Here are some great comic covers of the Caped Crusader from the 1980s! The first is Batman from June of 1983 when Batman faces the Savage Skull, an ex-cop whose burned face drives him to murder the policemen who threw him off the force in "When Slays the Savage Skull". Then we have Detective Comics from June of 1983 when Kirk Langstrom transforms into a berserk Man-Bat again and kidnaps Jason Todd to repay Batman for supposedly destroying his daughter Rebecca in "Avatars of Vengeance". Next there's Batman from July of 1983 when Batman strives to recover Jason Todd before Man-Bat can change him into a boy-bat. In "The Most Successful Species!". And lastly for now we have The Brave and The Bold anniversary issue from July of 1983 when an old enemy of the Earth-Two Batman transfers his mind into the body of his law-abiding Earth-One counterpart to attack the Batman of that world in "Smell of Brimstone, Stench of Death".