As any parent knows, young children tend to like repetition. Familiar routines bring a sense of order, predictability, and security to little ones who are trying to make sense of the big world around them.
However, Batman's boy sidekick Robin took the repetition thing just a little too far. You see, on an astounding number of late 1950's and early 60's covers, Dick Grayson could be found in the lower left or right-hand corners looking stunned and/or providing color commentary...often with a raised arm bent at the elbow. Granted, Robin served as a kind of "proxy" for kids who read Batman comics, so this spectator-like role makes a certain kind of sense, I suppose...but at the same time, the sheer repetition of the "corner commentary" shtick gave
the Boy Wonder an oddly passive presence in situations he would normally be participating in.
Happily, like any kid growing out of a phase, Robin eventually abandoned his spectator status and rejoined the action...but to fully understand the repetitive rut Robin found himself in, let's take a look back at those Corner Commentary covers, shall we?