Sunday, February 04, 2007

The New Teen Titans

Since my last post was about DC Comics Presents, I thought it would be appropriate to make this one about the most widely known issue of that title: DC Comics Presents #26.
Why is this issue so special? It's the first appearance of the New Teen Titans. My little brother and I had this issue back in the summer of 1980, but that one's long gone. The one I have up for sale now came from the collection of one of my best friends. I've bought several of my friends' collections over the past few years to help raise money for our adoption (more on that subject Monday), and I was pleased to see this one again. I remember not being impressed by the art of Jim Starlin in the Superman/Green Lantern story. I also remember not being impressed with the dialogue of Marv Wolfman. Here's a line from Superman: "That ring has the power to snuff out the sun!" Really?? I must have missed a couple of issues of Green Lantern.

Anyway, that story wasn't the best part. It was the insert preview of the New Teen Titans. I have always loved the Teen Titans. I was just a little boy when their cartoon episodes appeared on the Superman/Aquaman Adventure Hour, and my dad bought me a couple of issues back then because he knew I liked them. Imagine, kids with superpowers! But when this new version of the Titans came out I was 15 and in high school, way too cool for comic books. I still remember the year before, buying my very last one (or so I thought) from a girl I liked at Jack's Market in Mesick. It was an adaptation of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, and I was embarrassed to be seen buying it, especially from her. But I bought it for my brother, who was staying with us for a few weeks, and we read it a dozen times each. I didn't think too much of George Perez's artwork then, but it wasn't long before he just started blowing the roof off what could be done in comics. But the thing was, there were new characters appearing that had never been seen before, alongside the characters that I really got into like Robin (and my brother's favorite, Kid Flash), and the story made me want more.

When I got to college, I found out that there were people there actually buying comics and not getting laughed at, even girls! So the next thing you know I was diving back into the world of comics. That was the year that George Perez drew the New Teen Titans poster. Back then, comic book posters were few and far between, and this one just knocked everyone's socks off. I still have mine, laminated and posted on the wall in my office. Okay, my office is my basement, so what? The point is, the Teen Titans have always been favorites of mine and still are. I've been inspired to make use of the idea of teenage superheroes recently, but more on that later, too.

1 comment:

sleeper said...

i posted an excerpt from this post on