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Appearing in "A Death in the Family (Part II of IV)"Edit

Featured Characters:

Supporting Characters:


Other Characters:

  • Ralph Bundy (Behind the scenes)
  • Dr. Sheila Haywood
  • Sharmin Rosen (Appears in flashback and main story)
  • Mrs. Walker (Appears in flashback and main story)


  • Bekaa Valley
  • Hotel Blu


  • Drug-tipped darts


  • Mini-copter

Synopsis for "A Death in the Family (Part II of IV)"Edit

  • Synopsis not yet written.


  • Officially, this issue comprises chapters 3 and 4 of the overall "A Death in the Family" storyline.


  • At the time of publication, this issue was considered the canonical "death" of Jason Todd. Jason re-emerged years later in Batman Annual #25 as the Red Hood. Via retcon, Jason's first canonical "post-death" appearance actually takes place during the twelve-part Hush running through issues of Batman in 2003.[1] Originally, the Jason Todd character from "Hush" was actually Johnny Williams, the new Clayface, but this was altered later.[2]
  • DC Comics aware of Jason Todd's unpopularity with fans and perhaps inspired by references to a dead Jason in Frank Miller's futuristic Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, set up a 1-900 number one-dollar hotline giving callers the ability to vote for or against Jason's death from September 15–16, 1988 (1-900-720-2660 for Robin to live and 1-900-720-2666 for Robin to die). Over 10,000 votes were cast, a majority voted to kill Jason (5,343 to 5,271, an approximate 50.339% majority), and DC published "A Death in the Family" to massive media attention.[3][4]

See Also


A Death in the Family
Book One: Batman #426 Book Two: Batman #427 Book Three: Batman #428 Book Four: Batman #429
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