Teen Titans (comics)


Teen Titans (comics)

"For an overview of the Teen Titans team (including more details on the comics listed below) see: Teen Titans"

Various superhero groups by the name Teen Titans (or similar variants) have been published in comic books by DC Comics since 1964.

Comics publication history

"Teen Titans" (1964-1978)

The first incarnation of the group unofficially debuted in "The Brave and the Bold" #54 (July 1964), before appearing as "The Teen Titans" in #60. These appearances led to a comic of the same name (debuting with a cover date of February, 1966) which ran until 1972/73, when it was cancelled with issue #43. Briefly revived in 1976 for a further ten issues, the series was again cancelled after #53 told the team's origin for the first time. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitans1.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans" first series (1965-1978)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

Key Team

The original Teen Titans team consisted of the sidekicks to DC's Batman, Flash and Aquaman - the first Robin and Kid Flash with Aqualad. They were joined in their second appearance by Wonder Girl, erroneously thought to be the sidekick of Wonder Woman. [In fact, Wonder Girl was initially simply Young Wonder Woman, so the discrepancy was "cleared up" through the creation of the character Donna Troy. She has subsequently undergone a plethora of revisions and identity crises, to be retro-fitted into subseqeunt continuities. As a result, she has become something of a Crisis-nexus, playing a key role in DC's "Infinite Crisis" and related titles and events.]

"New Teen Titans" (1980-1988)

"(Becomes" Tales of the Teen Titans "with #41)"The series was relaunched with the prefix "New" in an issue cover-dated November, 1980. Written by Marv Wolfman with art by George Pérez, both of whom had recently moved to DC from Marvel, this incarnation (and these creators) would prove to be arguably the best-known and most-popular comics incarnation of the Titans teams. The book took on "modern sensibilities," and addressed a number of hard-hitting issues, including a memorable couple of special Anti-drugs issues. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/newteentitans1.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "New Teen Titans" first series (1980-1988)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

Previewed in DC Comics Presents #26, the "New Teen Titans" series ran for 40 issues (until March, 1984), before changing title to "Tales of the Teen Titans" between issues #41 and #91. To capitalise on the series' success, DC launched a separate "New Teen Titans" 2nd Series title concurrent to the re-named "Tales.." title on better-quality paper. After several months featuring twice as many new Titans stories, "Tales of the Teen Titans" #59 turned that title into a reprint comic, with #60-91 reprinting the Second series at a delay of about 15 months from #1-32 under new covers. The reprint title eventually floundered and was cancelled in July 1988. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/newteentitans1.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "New Teen Titans" first series (1980-1988)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

Key Team

No longer restricted solely to sidekicks to existing heroes, the Titans team branched out, and included key heroes such as: the college-aged Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven.

"New Teen Titans" (1984-1996)

"(Becomes" New Titans "with #50)"The Second "New Teen Titans" series ran for 49 issues between August 1984 and November 1988, whereupon it was also retitled, becoming simply "New Titans" with issue #50 , under which title it continued for another 90 issues, until February 1996's issue #130. Initially featuring the same Wolfman/Pérez creative team as the first series, the artist left after issue #5, to return to art duties (and as co-writer) for 11 issues starting with the change of title and the five-issue "Who is Wonder Girl?" arc in "New Titans" issues #50-54 (December 1988 - March 1989). [ [http://www.comicbookdb.com/title.php?ID=14269 ComicBookDb: "New Titans"] . Accessed April 20, 2008] [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/newteentitans2A.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "New Teen Titans" second series/"New Titans" (1984-1996)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Teen Titans Spotlight On" (1986-1988)

With DC's Teen Titans comics rivaling Marvel's "X-Men" for popularity, another new title was launched, this time with the explicit purpose of highlighting "individual" Titans, rather than focusing on the team as a whole. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitansspotlight.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans Spotlight On:" (1986-1988)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] With the stated remit (from the first comic) that::"Teen Titans Spotlight On: is a new concept in comics ... a book where we can put the spotlight on individual members of the Teen Titans, one at a time, and let each story dictate how many issues it should run." ["Teen Titans Spotlight On: (Starfire)" #1 (DC Comics, August 1986) quoted in the [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitansspotlight.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans Spotlight On:" (1986-1988)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] The series ran for 21 issues, departing slightly from its aim to highlight individuals, and culminating in a 'Spotlight' on the 1960s Teen Titans team as a whole. [ [http://www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=47035 ComicBookDb: "Teen Titans Spotlight on: (Teen Titans)" #21] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Team Titans" (1992-1994)

As part of the "Titans Hunt" storyline in "New Teen Titans" (2nd series), a further Titans-related title was launched with a five-comic issue #1(a-e) in September 1992, featuring the time-displaced "Team Titans". [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teamtitans.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Team Titans" (1992-1994)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] This comic series ran concurrently to the "New Teen Titans" (2nd series) series, as the Team Titans crossed over both with that series and with "Deathstroke". Teen Titans resources website [http://www.titanstower.com/ Titans Tower] quotes writer/artist Phil Jimenez as saying that this series was effectively DC's answer to "X-Force", but wound up (under Jimenez) going in directions contrary to DC's vision and the "Zero Hour" crossover event, which led to the series' cancellation with issue #24 (September 1994), after the team's timeline was eradicted during the event. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teamtitans.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Team Titans" (1992-1994)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Teen Titans" (1996-1998)

Thirty years after the original "Teen Titans" series debut, and just 9 months after the demise of "New Titans" ("New Teen Titans" 2nd Series), a new Titans series was launched (in October 1996), as the second "Teen Titans"-named series. The series was spearheaded by writer/penciller Dan Jurgens (with inks for the first 15 issues by Titans-favourite George Pérez) who wrote and drew all twenty-four issues. Although the name was the same, the team was radically different, although with ties to the previous incarnations - as well as a four-issue storyline reuniting the original team. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitans2.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans" second series (1996-1998)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] The series ran for two years, until September, 1998.

"Young Justice" (1998-2003)

September 1998 also saw the launch of writer Peter David's Teen Titans-esque title "Young Justice", featuring the main DCU teenaged heroes: the third Robin, the time-displaced Flash-descendant Impulse and the cloned Superboy (with the later additions of Arrowette and the second Wonder Girl, among others). [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/youngjustice.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Young Justice" (1998-2003)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"The Titans" (1999-2003)

By popular demand, the original Teen Titans team (now all older, and under new aliases) was given its own title once more in March 1999, after a three-issue (December 1998 - February 1999) mini-series teaming them with the JLA in "JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative", which "featured absolutely everyone that was ever a Titan, as they joined together to save Cyborg from alien influence." [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/titans.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Titans" (1999-2003)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] Following that mini-series (written by Devin Grayson & Phil Jimenez, with art by Jinenez), the new "The Titans" series debuted in March 1999, written by Grayson, with art initially by Mark Buckingham and Wade Von Grawbadger. Grayson left after 20 issues, and the series continued until issue #50 (April 2003), and the team reappeared in Judd Winick's July-August 2003 3-issue mini-series "Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day". This crossover, with the then-current (and Titans-like) Young Justice team marked the dissolution of both the Young Justice and Titans teams, as well as the alleged death of Troia and the seemingly lasting death of Omen. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/titans.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Titans" (1999-2003)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/youngjustice.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Young Justice" (1998-2003)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Outsiders" (2003-2007)

The "Graduation Day" crossover marked the end of "The Titans" and "Young Justice", but served as a launch point for two new series' and teams, one of which was Winick's own "Outsiders", which debuted in August 2003, and featured some former Titans (notably original Teen Titans Arsenal and Nightwing) in an "edgy, more grown up" series, which ran for 50 issues, until November, 2007. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/outsiders.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Outsiders" (2003-2007)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Teen Titans" (2003-present)

In addition to the more 'adult' oriented "Outsiders" series, the end of "The Titans" and the events of "Graduation Day" saw the debut of a third "Teen Titans" series, launched in September 2003 by writer Geoff Johns (who would write the first 45 issues, as well as sundry spin-offs), with Mike McKone for most of the first 23 issues. The series featured (and features) Titans old and new, including the core "Young Justice" team, whose Robin, Impulse and Wonder Girl fill the shoes of original Titans' first Robin, Kid Flash and Wonder Girl. The team was founded by other former-Titans Cyborg, Starfire and Beast Boy, and continues to tie-into most previous incarnations of the team in a number of ways. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitans3A.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans" third series (2003-present)] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Titans" (2008-present)

In April, 2008, a new Titans title was launched, to run alongside "Teen Titans" (3rd series) initially featuring a storyline based around an attack on all former Titans. The cover to #1 confirmed the inclusion of original Titans Nightwing, Starfire, Donna Troy, Flash, Cyborg, Beast Boy and Raven. The series is written by Judd Winick, and features art by Joe Benitez and Victor Llamas. [ [http://dccomics.com/comics/?cm=9117 DC Comics April-July '08 blurbs for "Titans" #1-4] . Accessed April 20, 2008] The first issue has art by Ian Churchill but due to an injury he was unable to pencil the next three issues.

Other comics

The various Teen Titans comics series have crossed over with titles including Action Comics Weekly, Crisis on Infinite Earths (written and illustrated by the "New Teen Titans" creative team), Deathstroke (spun-off into his own comic, but initially created as a Titans villain), Hawk & Dove, Infinity Inc., Omega Men, Outsiders, Young Justice and Zero Hour. In addition, various Titans have starred in their own comics, which occasionally had a bearing on Titans-related matters - these include (in particular) original Teen Titans Donna Troy and Dick Grayson in "Darkstars" and "Nightwing" respectively, and more recent Titans Tim Drake, Bart Allen and Kon El in "Robin", "Impulse" and "Superboy", among many others.

Sundry one-shots, crossovers and specials have also been published through the years. These include Annuals, Secret Files issues, and include notable issues such as:
*"Marvel and DC Present: The Uncanny X-Men and the New Teen Titans" #1 (1982)
*"New Teen Titans (Drug Awareness Specials)" #1-3 (1982-3)
*"Titans $ell-out! Special" #1 (1992)
*"Tempest" #1-4 (1996-7)
*"Titans: Scissors, Paper, Stone" (1997) "(a manga-style Elseworlds title)"
*"Arsenal #1-4" (1998)
*"Girlfrenzy: Donna Troy" (1998)
*"JLA/Titans: the Technis Imperative" #1-3 (1998-9)
*"Beast Boy" #1-4 (2000)
*"Titans/Legion of Superheroes: Universe Ablaze" #1-4 (2000)
*"Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day" #1-3 (2003)
*"Teen Titans/Legion Special" #1 (2004)
*"DC Special: The Return of Donna Troy" #1-4 (2005)
*"DC Special: Raven" #1-5 (2008)

"Tiny Titans (2008-present)

In February, 2008, a second Johnny DC children's Titans title was launched, this time clearly dropping the "Teen" moniker, in favor of highlighting the youth of the characters featured. Written and illustrated by Art Baltazar and Franco, the series features "your favorite Titans, in their cutest possible form," [ [http://dccomics.com/comics/?cm=8883 DC Comics February '08 blurb for "Tiny Titans" #1] . Accessed April 20, 2008] with each issue featuring a number of "cute" stories. [ [http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=62 Reviews: "Tinyee Titans" #3, by Timothy Callahan, April 10, 2008] . Accessed April 20, 2008] Unlike "Teen Titans Go!", which has an overtly Japanese anime style, "Tiny Titans" is more reminiscent of American children's cartoons, albeit sometimes described as utilising the chibi form, by virtue of its 'tiny' subjects. [ [http://comics.ign.com/articles/865/865638p1.html?RSSwhen2008-04-09_175200&RSSid=865638 "Tiny Titans" #3 Review, by Richard George, April 9, 2008] . Accessed April 20, 2008]

"Teen Titans Go! (2003-present)

In 2003, with the debut of the anime-cartoon hybrid TV series "Teen Titans", (which was loosely based on Wolfman & Pérez' "New Teen Titans" comics), DC launched a companion comic under their Johnny DC children's imprint. "Teen Titans Go!" broadly kept to the anime, super deformed style and look of the series (albeit limited to static 2D images rather than animation). Instead of animated reactions, the comic sometimes features "the chibi versions of the Titans populating the panel borders with commentary or the occasional knock-knock joke." [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitansgo.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans Go!" (2003-present)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] As in the animation, despite the "Teen" prefix, most of the characters seem and act much younger, largely because of the target audience for both the series and comic (namely pre-teen children). The comic kept to the status quo of the cartoon, while fleshing out the wider fictional universe, and introducing the occasional different character.

Although the series was unable to use the character of Wonder Girl " [d] ue to licensing restrictions," she was able to appear in "Teen Titans Go!" #36, utilising the design of producer Glen Murakami, who also provided the cover art to that issue. [ [http://www.titanstower.com/source/libindex/teentitansgo.html Titans Tower: Series Index - "Teen Titans Go!" (2003-present)] . Accessed April 20, 2008] The comic has been written since its launch by J. Torres, with art by (primarily) Todd Nauck and Larry Stucker. It has outlasted the TV show, and released it's 54th issue in April, 2008.

Main team

The comic features the same team as the TV series, namely versions of Robin, Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Raven. Not wholly beholden to the TV series, however, characters that did not appear on screen (such as Donna Troy/Wonder Girl, who was unable to be used) have appeared in some issues.

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