Easter Egg Hunt: Annotating the “Grayson #12” Splashes

DC’s best current title Grayson just delivered one hell of a splash page in its latest issue (#12). The dynamite team of Tom King, Tim Seeley, Mikel Janin, and Jeromy Cox plays with the continuity sandbox in a delightful way as Dick Grayson (in disguise) with an amnesiac Bruce Wayne. Surrounding Dick are several unattributed word balloons containing dialogue from previous interactions between Bruce and Dick. And wouldn’t ya know it, these random word balloons all contain dialogue that actually existed in previous comics, this canonizing a ton of stuff from the past. Here is the splash:
grayson bubbles

Here is an example of one of the more obvious ones (from the famous “Robin Dies at Dawn” story from Batman #156):
dies at dawn

The last one, “What did he say to you in the dark?” is from Scott Snyder’s Batman Vol. 2 #17 (the conclusion to “The Death of the Family”).

“Earn the night” is from Seeley and King’s own Grayson: Futures End #1—a cryptic line that Batman says to the Boy Wonder when the latter questions why his costume is so much brighter than Batman’s.

“Care for some lemonade?” is a reference to Frank Miller’s crap-tastic All-Star Batman and Robin the Boy Wonder #9, where the Dynamic Duo paints a room yellow to negate Hal Jordan’s ring power!

“I’m not escaping!” comes straight out of the classic Grant/Breyfogle Batman: Shadow of the Bat #3 (1992), when Batman is in Arkham Asylum!

“I’m tired of talking!” is, of course, from the legendary 1971 O’Neil/Adams “Daughter of the Demon!” issue (Batman #232) that gave us the debut of Ra’s Al Ghul.

“Let’s blow this shindig” is from Dixon/Beatty’s Robin: Year One (2001).

Those are the ones I discovered pretty quickly. Props to NextReact for finding a bunch more.

Can anyone else figure out where all the rest come from?

While I’m primarily interested in the Bruce/Batman quotes, Seeley and King have definitely given us quite a task with even more Easter Egg quotes from yesteryear…
more eggz baby

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UPDATE!

I’ve discovered all of them (both the Bruce and the Babs splashes), except for the following:

“Robin, you go after the man on the roof—I’ll take the gondola!”

“You can tell his widow…his orphans…just exactly how great I am!”

“Ready for a rough climb, Robin?”

“Get set for some action, Robin!”

“You’re right. I guess the life of Bruce Wayne does depend quite a bit on the existence of Batman!” (Someone told me Batman #4, but I can’t find it in there.)

“Careful, Dick. This giant Lincoln head penny is one of our prize trophies! Let’s not smash it on our first day back home!” (Someone told me World’s Finest Comics #30, but can’t find it in there either.)

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About Collin Colsher

Collin Colsher, the creator of The Real Batman Chronology Project and disCONTINUITY, is a writer, filmmaker, teacher, and comic book historian that currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has lectured at various universities, libraries, and book fairs. Collin has also served on the jury for the Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize, which is sponsored by the US Library of Congress.
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7 Responses to Easter Egg Hunt: Annotating the “Grayson #12” Splashes

  1. tiptupjr94 says:

    Bruh. It’s so funny there’s a post on this, I thought these quotes were a cool idea and I spent quite some time poring over them all… I recognized quite a few of them right off the bat (LOLZ FOR DAYS) but you guys have found more than me. I’ll look at the Jason/Tim/Damian ones tomorrow – but “tell me he’s not using facial rec for the party” is from Snyder’s Batman #1, I’m fairly sure.

    Also, this issue seems to show Tim wearing a green domino mask. Page 10.

  2. Marcelo Millicay says:

    “You’re right… it is none of your damn business” is from Batman #615 (Hush) after Dick and Bruce discuss Catwoman in the batmobile.

    “Don’t you know you can’t kill Batman and Nightwing?” is from Batman #442 (A Lonely Place of Dying) when Batman knocks out Two-Face.

    “I won’t really be back until I’ve taken Gotham. And that battle starts now.” is from Robin #8 (KnightsEnd) after Bruce suits up for the first time since Knightfall.

    “I can’t let you go out there untrained. All you’ll do is get hurt… or worse” is from Dark Victory #10, moments before Batman reveals his identity to Dick in the Batcave.

    “In what I do, there’s no place for a child” is from Batman #408 (Did Robin Die Tonight?) when Bruce and Dick are talking after Dick was shot by the Joker,

    “Ro–Nightwing!…” COULD be from Batman: Year Three.

    “Careful, Dick!…” I’m pretty sure is from a pre-crisis Adams era issue where Batman & Robin return to the Batcave (after Bruce’s penthouse era) and are attacked by Man-Bat.

    “I don’t need a partner…” is likely from the time between Jason’s death and A Lonely Place of Dying.

    “I guess the life of Bruce Wayne…” sounds like Silver Age to me. Or a Morrison flashback.

    “… I’ll take the gondola!” sounds from the Adams era.

    Now for Batgirl! (which I have A LOT less, it’s gonna take a while to find them all)

    “That was not a kiss, twenty-something wonder, it was purely scientific” is from Nightwing #38, No Man’s Land.

    “…the rescue of Pennyworth” is likely from Nightwing: Year One. “The attitude’s the same” could be from here too.

    I’ve got no idea on the rest.

    A lot of these stories directly contradict New 52 stuff, so I’d just take them as easter eggs and nothing else.

    If I find more I’ll let yoy know, keep up the good work!

    • Great work, Marcelo! I’ve found most of them now. Made an update of the few remaining ones that are still eluding me. But here they are again, anyway…

      “Robin, you go after the man on the roof—I’ll take the gondola!”

      “You can tell his widow…his orphans…just exactly how great I am!”

      “Ready for a rough climb, Robin?”

      “Get set for some action, Robin!”

      “You’re right. I guess the life of Bruce Wayne does depend quite a bit on the existence of Batman!”

      “Careful, Dick. This giant Lincoln head penny is one of our prize trophies! Let’s not smash it on our first day back home!”

      • Marcelo Millicay says:

        FOUND IT!!

        “Careful, Dick. This giant Lincoln head penny is one of our prize trophies! Let’s not smash it on our first day back home!” is from Batman #348 (Shadowplay) when Bruce and Dick return to Wayne Manor.

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