Fathers & Sons: Bats & Arrows [24 scans, various sizes]
This started off as a Father & Son post for pindrops but it got a little off the beaten track. Hopefully, still enjoyable! It's by no means comprehensive but just some of the ones I saved and liked. There is a rather large first scan under the cut, so dial-up be aware.
First up, it's from Batman and the Outsiders Special #1. A recording left for Alfred in the case of Bruce's death. It's a strange way to start, but I find it to be a beautiful scene for a father/son relationship.
To recover from the extreme sad here, this is from Gotham Adventures #60, in which DCAU!Bruce discovers he does need his family. One of my favourite moments.
On to Gotham Knights #17, when Bruce asks Dick if he'll agree to be his legal son. I don't know exactly what Dick is wearing in that last panel, but it looks a little like a feather boa. A part of me really misses that case and it's effect in scenes like this, because Bruce saying it changed nothing in UtH, things have changed. It's little moments like this I miss.
On to Nightwing Annual #2, with Bruce asking Dick to come and play family time with Tim and himself.
Just post Obsidian Age next, which mostly I remember for the hug, but I love this little scene as well. It's from JLA v3 #76.
From the end of the Prodigal arc, one of my favourite little moments from Robin #13.
Admittedly, this one can be taken in a fatherly context or a completely different one, but either way, it's one of those moments that I think deserves to be in here, as it's very early on in Dick's career and there's a lot of batdickery before it, so it's nice to see how Batman can express pride this early on.
Speaking of pride, I think this is a good moment for Dick from Teen Titans Spotlight #14. As children, you often carry a part of your parents with you and I think this is Dick acknowledging that as much as he carries his parents with him, he carries his 'father' with him too.
Let's leave Robin #1 behind and go onto Robin #2. This moment from Detective Comics #573, with Bruce asking Jason what on earth he's been doing.
In keeping with Bruce being a capable parent, lets go back two issues to Detective Comics #571 with Bruce reassuring a rather weepy Jason that he's not dead.
On to Robin mark three, with this from Detective Comics #826. Tim had been kidnapped by the Joker and Bruce doing that thing of positive reinforcement that he often forgets.
On to Robin #139. Tim fabricated an Uncle that never existed and is sure he's about to be fired when Bruce finds out. Instead, he's delighted with what the teenager has managed.
Speaking of Tim, lets go back to Robin: Cry of the Huntress #6 for a little bit on Tim's relationship with his biological father. Tim's father had been thinking Bruce had been taking his place (just wait a few years, Jack) and had possibly been hurting his son. Tim had been having trouble keeping Robin and Tim seperate and had blown up, accusing his father of never knowing him before he never bothered to get to know him before his mother died. Tim comes in to apoligise.
That's enough of the Bats. Lets get onto the Arrows! From Green Arrow v3 #10, there's a nice moment with Connor and his father at the end.
Then onto Green Arrow v3 #13, with Ollie attempting to talk to Connor about girls and other domestic things.
From Identity Crisis #6, Ollie and Connor have a moment inspired by Tim losing his father. Although for a moment, I thought that was a young Aquaman instead of Connor.
From Green Arrow Secret Files And Origins #1, a family dinner with Ollie's famous chili.
Let's have a look at Ollies relationship with Roy now, from Green Arrow v3 #6. Why yes, that is one hell of a hug Ollie gives him.
And a little bonding moment from Green Arrow v3 #16.
And finally from Outsiders #6, where Roy has been shot and Connor has to keep his father calm.