‘ROBIN LIVES:’ DC to Publish Special ‘Faux-simile’ Edition of Batman #428, Featuring An Alternate Ending to the Fate of Jason Todd

Oirginal cover, Batman 428

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December 12, 2023

During today’s “Gotham City Confidential” panel at New York Comic Con, DC announced plans to release a never-before-seen story from its vault, featuring an alternate ending to one of the most polarizing events in DC history.

On December 12, DC will release a “faux-simile” edition of Batman #428, the penultimate chapter of “A Death in the Family,” featuring a previously unpublished ending in which Jason Todd survives his brutal encounter with The Joker.

Original ad, Robin Lives Poll

Thirty-Five years ago, “A Death in the Family” was one of the darkest hours in Batman’s crime-fighting career, made even more harrowing by letting fans decide Jason’s fate. Fans dialed into a 900 number to vote if Jason Todd should live or die. From a total of 10,614 votes, fans decided that Jason should succumb to his injuries by a narrow 72-vote margin of 5,343 votes to 5,271.        

This “faux-simile” edition features original story and art from the from “A Death in the Family” storytelling team – writer Jim Starlin, artist Jim Aparo, colorist Adrienne Roy, inker Mike DeCarlo, and letterer John Costanza.  

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