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List of Teen Titans

comics

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 1972/1973,
when it was cancelled with issue #43.
Briefly revived in 1976 for a further 10
issues, the series was again cancelled
after #53 told the team's origin for the
first time.[1]

Key team
The original Teen Titans team consisted
of the sidekicks to DC's Batman, Flash,
and Aquaman — the first Robin, Kid
Flash, and Aqualad. They were joined in
their second appearance by Wonder Girl,
erroneously presented as the sidekick of
Wonder Woman.[note 1]

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.[2]

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 title
concurrent to the renamed 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 issue #1–
32 under new covers. The reprint title
eventually floundered and was cancelled
in July 1988.[2]

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 vol. 2 (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 80 issues until February 1996.
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 #50–54 (December
1988 – March 1989).[3][4]

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.[5] 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."[5][6] 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.[7]

Team Titans (1992–1994)


As part of the "Titans Hunt" storyline in
New Teen Titans vol. 2, a further Titans-
related title was launched with a five-
comic issue #1(a-e) in September 1992,
featuring the time-displaced "Team
Titans".[8] This comic series ran
concurrently to the New Teen Titans vol.
2 series, as the Team Titans crossed over
both with that series and with
Deathstroke. Teen Titans resources
website TitansTower.com 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.[8]

Teen Titans vol. 2 (1996–1998)

Thirty years after the original Teen Titans


series debut, and just nine months after
the demise of New Titans (New Teen
Titans vol. 2), 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, who wrote and drew all twenty-
four issues (with inks for the first 15
issues by Titans-favourite George Pérez).
Although the name was the same, the
team was radically different, but with ties
to the previous incarnations — as well as
a four-issue storyline reuniting the original
team.[9] 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).[10]

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."[11]
Following that mini-series (written by
Devin Grayson and Phil Jimenez, with art
by Jimenez), 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.[10][11]
Outsiders vol. 3 (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.[12]

Teen Titans vol. 3 (2003–2011)


In addition to the more "adult"-oriented
Outsiders series, the end of The Titans
and the events of Titans/Young Justice:
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 artist 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.[13]

Titans vol. 2 (2008–2011)

In June 2008, a new Titans title was


launched to run alongside Teen Titans
vol. 3, initially featuring a storyline based
around an attack on all former Titans. The
cover to issue #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.[14] The first issue has