Robin becomes Nightwing
Tales Of The Teen Titans #44, July 1984
What happened? Superman had occasionally posed as the Batman-like Nightwing, a modern incarnation of an ancient Kryptonian hero, since the early ’60s; when the teenage Dick Grayson shed his Robin tights for the last time, he took his new inspiration here.
Why was it shocking? Superheroes are always coming up with new identities – Captain America turns into Nomad in the mid-’70s, say – but it never lasts; with Nightwing it did. Grayson snatched a new role and never looked back – and the medium’s urge to periodically hit the reset button suddenly looked thrillingly wobbly. It seems some things can change for good…