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The story was from a comic that must have been from the early to middle 1960's and it looked at the question why Robin was not called Bat Boy. It seems that Batman had a previous side-kick before Robin who was called Bat Boy who (I guess) must come to an unfortunate end.

Does anyone remember this story? The story wasn't that long. Alternatively, why wasn't Robin named Bat Boy?

  • Was it a comic book? – Wad Cheber May 28 '16 at 22:44
  • Yes (have edited question to make this clear) – jim May 28 '16 at 22:47
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  • Brilliant. Thanks, even though the details I gave were incorrect. – jim May 28 '16 at 22:53
  • Though the answers given are probably correct (a case of "memory cheats" with me?), am now not so sure, since the plotline states "While Batman is out of town", was sure Batman was reminiscing why Robin wasn't called BatBoy. – jim May 29 '16 at 12:28
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This is a description of Batman vol.1 No.90 (March 1955) "The Adventures of Batboy!"

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At the end, the titular Batboy (a dime-store vigilante with a penchant for baseball bats) ends up in the prison hospital and vows never to fight crime again.

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As to the secondary question, the character was named Robin because he was modeled on Robin Hood.

Dick Grayson and the Robin persona were created by Bob Kane, Bill Finger, and Jerry Robinson. He was introduced as “Robin the Boy Wonder” and took visual cues from the acrobats of the day and Robin Hood the legendary character.
- Artifice

Jerry Robinson himself said:

I came up with Robin Hood because The Adventures of Robin Hood were boyhood favorites of mine. I had been given a Robin Hood book illustrated by N. C. Wyeth ... and that's what I quickly sketched out when I suggested the name Robin Hood, which they seemed to like, and then showed them the costume. And if you look at it, it's Wyeth's costume, from my memory, because I didn't have the book to look at.
- The Comics Journal #271

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N.C. Wyeth's Robin Hood, left; Robin's first appearance, right

At the time Robin first appeared in 1940, the "Silver Age" convention of making sidekicks a miniature version of the superhero - e.g., "Aqualad", "Supergirl", etc - hadn't happened yet, so there was no real reason to name the character "Batboy".

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