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I think one of the reasons I love The Titans and Birds of Prey so much is because of the phenomenal friendships between the characters. They mean so much to each of them and even myself.
God I love them
^THIS. I completely agree. The reason the Classic Titans and the BoP are my favorite teams are because there were such incredibly strong, natural friendships between the characters. And the writers took the time to realistically develop those friendships over the years, too. I love that.
I think the original Young Justice team was great for that reason, too. Incredible friendships between the characters:
Friendship!team books are my favorite. <3
(Also, I love you for using a Titans scene with Garth. Those are far too rare!)
Dick and relationships. It’s a topic I’ve written a lot about on this blog. (With embarrassing obsessiveness, some might say.) And I’ve been accused multiple times of being biased with which parts of his history I give the most weight in terms of how I see Dick.
To which I say… yeah, obviously.
I try to be as fair in my analysis as I can, but I’ll readily admit that I give more weight to some parts of canon than others. I think the way I see Dick is based on the way he’s been most consistently written, but that doesn’t mean every single part of canon is in line with that. The guy’s been around for over 70 years, after all. He’s been written a lot of different ways.
So with that in mind, I’ve compiled a photo-history showing how Dick’s attitude towards relationships has changed over the years. No commentary from me. No analysis. No attempting to fit it all into some larger context. I love some of these scenes, loathe others, am ambivalent towards still others. But they’re all presented here equally, as close to bias-free as I can get.
And let everybody draw their own conclusions - if, in fact, you draw any at all. There isn’t really a point to this post, beyond looking at all the twists and turns in Dick’s character evolution.
One thing is for sure - it’s been one hell of a journey getting to where we are today.
1961: “If Batman can make that kind of sacrifice, I guess I’m man enough to do it, too!”
1963: “It sure would, Betty!”
1967: “She’s ruining all our plans! Besides— she makes terrible puns!”
1976: “Kinda gets you ready for some real action, yes—?”
1977: “Especially not while Lori is here in town with me!”
1977: “I guess I do come on strong sometimes— and I really don’t have any right to!”
1980: “Y-you had to kiss me to do that?”
1981: “Starfire, please… we’ve got work to do.”
1982: “I really need time to sort out my emotions.”
1985: “Lilith was threatening to tell Kory all about my dark, sordid past.”
1987: “You’re still married to Karras. To me, that matters.”
1988: “Love should be between two people.”
1988: “I couldn’t make love to someone I didn’t really love.”
1988: “Though this might sound unhip, I feel strange about living with someone I’m not married to.”
1992: “Dick, you slut!”*
*I’m breaking my “no commentary” rule just this once to point out that Pantha said this in reference to Dick being raped. I felt that needed to be said.
1993: “My morality makes me a one-woman man.”
1997: How do I explain that I just married my work?”
1998: “Every time someone’s even nice to you, you feel this almost pathological need to—”
1998: “I’m not sure I’m comfortable with that.”
1998: “You know, I just sort of fell into all those situations.”
1999: “On the couch.”
1999: “Drop the deflector shields, lady. It’s a figure of speech.”
1999: “Can you give me time?”
2001: “Let’s get dangerous together.”
2001: “I’m just happy and I wanted to share it.”
2001: “If the world’s going to end, I want us to be together.”
2004: “I’d do anything to protect that, anything to protect that connection, to protect you…”
2005: “I know I failed you.”
2005: “I guess I just wanted to feel a little more…. alive.”
2006: “I wasn’t ready. I’m ready now.”
2006: “Work hard, play hard.”
2006: “What can I say? I’ve got a thing for redheads.”
2007: “Is she the reason I’ve never been able to commit?”
2008: “Do you love me?”
2009: “Busting. Relax.”
2012: “Let’s not pretend this is something more than it really is, Dick.”
2012: “Let’s stop over-thinking this and just do what you said.”
2013: “You understand why I can’t think of being close again with… anyone?”
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