Various other characters have taken the name in stories set outside DC's main continuity as well, and at times the role has been unoccupied, such as when Dick Grayson operated as Batman and after faking his death. In 2013, Nightwing placed 5th on IGN's Top 25 Heroes of DC Comics Nightwing is first depicted in the story "Superman in Kandor" in Superman #158 (January 1963).
Drawing inspiration from Batman and Robin, the two protect Kandor as the superheroes Nightwing and Flamebird.
Following the Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity reboot in 1985, Nightwing was re-imagined as a legendary vigilante from Krypton whose story inspires Dick Grayson's choice of name when he leaves behind his Robin identity.
Both Nightwing and Flamebird team up with Batman and Robin for an adventure in Kandor that proves important to the young Dick Grayson.
When Dick later gives up his role as Robin in 1984, he recalls the Kandorian adventure and renames himself Nightwing, in homage to both Batman and Superman.
But when King and O’Donnell were asked to be guests together on “The Talk” recently, O’Donnell was well aware King was the star, one insider tells [email protected]
“Norah could barely get a word in with the ladies, but she let Gayle do her thing,” says the source.
In Jimmy Olsen #69 (June 1963), "The Dynamic Duo of Kandor" introduces Nightwing's dog Nighthound.
In "The Feud Between Batman and Superman" in World's Finest #143 (August 1964), Batman and Robin themselves visit Kandor with Superman and Olsen and the two Dynamic Duos team up.
“Backstage Norah was quiet, and she and Gayle didn’t really speak until they were in front of the cameras together. “Then Norah, who has interviewed Presidents, had to play a game talking about the ‘Gayle-isms’ that she has picked up sitting next to Oprah’s BFF. Gayle’s been doing this for a very long time.” The ladies’ co-host, Rose, is so wary of any drama that he’s taken to avoiding their makeup room in the morning.