Alias










Flamebird & Nightwing
Nick Name
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Civilian ID

Flamebird I

James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen


Nightwing I

Kal-El/Clark Joseph Kent


Flamebird II

Ak-Var


Nightwing II

Van-Zee


Flamebird IV

Lois Lane-Kent


Nightwing IV

Kal-El/Clark Joseph Kent


Occupation

Flamebird I

News Photographer


Nightwing I

Adventurer

Crime Fighter

Journalist


Flamebird II

Adventurer

Scientist


Nightwing II

Adventurer

Scientist


Flamebird IV

Journalist

Novelist


Nightwing IV

Adventurer

Crime Fighter

Journalist

Novelist


Legal Status

Flamebird I

Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.


Nightwing I

Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.


Flamebird II

Citizen of Kandor with a criminal record freed from the Phantom Zone when his sentence was served.


Nightwing II

Citizen of Kandor with no criminal record.


Flamebird IV

Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.


Nightwing IV

Citizen of the United States with no criminal record.


Nation or Planet of Origin

Flamebird I

Metropolis


Nightwing I

Kryptonopolis, Krypton


Flamebird II

Kandor


Nightwing II

Kandor


Flamebird IV

Unnamed U.S. Army Hospital


Nightwing IV

Kryptonopolis, Krypton


Group Affiliation
None while in the Nightwing and Flamebird identities.
Base of Operations

Flamebird I & Nightwing I

Kandor


Flamebird II & Nightwing II

Kandor


Flamebird IV & Nightwing IV

Artificial Krypton created by Braniac-13


Height

Flamebird I: 5' 7"


Nightwing I: 6' 3"


Flamebird II: 6' 4"


Nightwing II: 5' 10"


Flamebird IV: 5' 6"


Nightwing IV: 6' 3"


Weight

Flamebird I: 150 lbs.


Nightwing I: 225 lbs.


Flamebird II: 225 lbs.


Nightwing II: 225 lbs.


Flamebird IV: 120 lbs.


Nightwing IV: 225 lbs.


Eye Color

Flamebird I, II & IV: Blue


Nightwing I, II & IV: Blue


Hair Color

Flamebird I: Red


Nightwing I: Black


Flamebird II: Brown


Nightwing II: Black


Flamebird IV: Brown


Nightwing IV: Black


Known Powers

Flamebird I

Normal human with skills as a journalist and photographer.


Nightwing I

Biologically typical Kryptonian possessing no superhuman abilities due to exposure red solar radiation.


Flamebird II

Biologically typical Kryptonian possessing no superhuman abilities due to exposure red solar radiation.


Nightwing II

Biologically typical Kryptonian possessing no superhuman abilities due to exposure red solar radiation.


Flamebird IV

Normal human with skills as a journalist and knowledge of police self-defense techniques.


Nightwing IV

Biologically typical Kryptonian possessing no superhuman abilities due to exposure red solar radiation.



Accessories

Flamebird I, II & IV

Flight harnesses and utility belts equipped with various offensive, defensive and crime detecting devices.


Nightwing I, II & IV

Flight harnesses and utility belts equipped with various offensive, defensive and crime detecting devices.


Common Enemies

Flamebird IV & Nightwing IV

Faora

General Zod I

Kru-El


Regularly Appearing

Flamebird I & Nightwing I

Action Comics

Superman Vol. 1

Superman Family


Flamebird II & Nightwing II

Action Comics

Superman Vol. 1

Superman Family


Flamebird IV & Nightwing IV

Superman: The Man of Steel


First Appearance

Flamebird I & Nightwing I

Superman Vol. 1 #158 (Jan. 1963)


Flamebird II & Nightwing II

Superman Family #183 (May-June, 1977)


Flamebird IV & Nightwing IV

Superman: The Man of Steel #111 (April, 2001)


Creator

Flamebird I & Nightwing I

Edmond Hamilton & Curt Swan


Flamebird II & Nightwing II

Paul Kupperberg & Carl Potts


Flamebird IV & Nightwing IV

Mark Schultz & Doug Mahnke


Origin

Pre-Crisis

When citizens of the Kryptonian bottle city Kandor enlarged themselves to engage in crimes outside the city, Superman and Jimmy Olsen went to investigate. Inside the bottled city, Nor-Kann, a friend of Superman's father Jor-El, warned him that many Kandorians believed that the Superman was withholding a process to enlarge the city.


Hunted like a fugitive, and lacking his normal superpowers within the bottle city due to its simulated red sun, Superman decided to adopt a new identity patterned after his fellow crimefighter Batman. Because there were no bats or robins on Krypton, Superman and Jimmy Olsen created the costumed identities of Nightwing and Flamebird.


The duo returned to Kandor as Nightwing and Flamebird in times of emergency and occasionally were joined by Batman and Robin.


Some time later Van-Zee, a Kandorian scientist, and his lab assistant Ak-Var assumed the guise of the crimefighters Nightwing and Flamebird.


Post-Crisis

Believing they were traveling to Krypton before its destruction in the past, Superman and Lois Lane run afoul of the tyrannical General Zod. Fugitives, the duo assume the secret identities of Nightwing and Flamebird.