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NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980) DC Comics

cover:  George Perez
Dick Giordano
NEW TEEN TITANS #1
Date: Nov 1980
Cover Price: $0.50
Publisher: dccomics.com

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Cover reprinted in:

MILLENNIUM EDITION: THE NEW TEEN TITANS #1, THE NEW TEEN TITANS ARCHIVES #1, OS NOVOS TITÃS #1 (Brazil),   CYBORG #1 (Australia), and CLASICOS DC #1: NUEVOS TITANES (Spain), HEROIS EM ACCAO #3 (Brazil) (Sep 1984) , AMERICAN HEROES #3 (Italy) (Jan 1992), GRANDES CLASSICOS DC #5 (Brazil) and SERIETIDNINGEN #1 (France) (Jul 1984)

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    The way George Perez remembers it, The New Teen Titans were a consolation prize.

    In 1980, with Perez already a comics superstar off his hugely popular run on Marvel's The Avengers, DC Comics came calling. Perez had his sights set on a team book at Marvel's Distinguished Competition, only it wasn't the Teen Titans. It was the Justice League of America.

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    Bronze Age Fantastic First: New Teen Titans #1

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    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
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    DC; November 1980
    Cover by George Pérez and Dick Giordano

    Title: “The New Teen Titans”
    Synopsis: Raven gathers the new Teen Titans to rescue escaped-alien princess Koriand’r from Gordanian slave traders.

    Writer: Marv Wolfman
    Penciler: George Pérez
    Inker:
    Romeo Tanghal

    Review: Following a strong debut in DC Comics Presents #26, the new Teen Titans gather for good in this well-executed first issue. Writer Marv Wolfman packs a lot into this origin tale: back story, foreshadowing, solid action, and plenty of characterization – often in the form of parental angst. A former top editor for the competition, Wolfman brings something else essential to the Teen Titan’s mix: an infusion of Marvel style. Joined by fellow Marvel-expat George Pérez – who delivers dynamic-but-still-raw art here – the writer would soon have this series topping DC’s sales chart. Deservedly so.

    Grade: B+

    Cool factor: DC finds its answer to Marvel’s X-Men – and the creative team to pull it off.

    Notable: Includes a one-page intro essay by Marv Wolfman titled “You Can Come Home Again!”

    Creator quotable: “The Titans’ origins all stemmed from parent/child differences. The theme for the Titans began and remained young verses old. Son and daughter verses father and mother. These universal conflicts, understood by all teens as they grow up and separate from their parents, could be revisited time and time again.” –Writer/co-creater Marv Wolfman (From the Preface to The New Teen Titans Archives: Volume 1, November 1998)
    Character quotable: “Sure, what have I got to lose – ? – that is, besides my life!”– Changeling, keeping it light

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    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    News: THQ Teen Titans Game

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     From www.animationmagazine.net

    Teen Titans Makes Console Bow
    Friday, June 09, 2006
    By: Ryan Ball

    THQ’s new video game based on the popular Warner Bros. Animation series, Teen Titans, is now available for PlayStation2 and GameCube. Licensed from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and developed by Artificial Mind & Movement (A2M), the game marks the console debut of the superhero franchise starring young versions of DC Comics characters. Majesco previously released a Game Boy Advance title based on the property.

    Created by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, Teen Titans made its comic book debut in 1964 and soon grew into its own monthly comic book series that ran for seven years. The New Teen Titans followed in 1980 and became DC's most popular comic book of the decade that followed. The revamped version dealt more with the teenage angst aspect and serves as the basis for the animated series, produced under the guidance of Emmy Award winner Glen Murakami.

    Teen Titans for PlayStation2 and GameCube is available now for the suggested retail price of $19.95. For more information on this title and the rest of THQ's 2006 product lineup, go to www.thq.com.

    News: Surprising Success of the Teen Titans

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    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    The surprising success of the Teen Titans
    By GAVIN FORD
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    October 28, 2005

    (excerpt)

    1980 was an interesting year for DC Comics. Many of Marvel Comics' top talents had left the company because of the office politics of the time and made their way to DC. Writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Perez had both just made the move and were eager to start some new projects. The duo wanted to do a new "Teen Titans" book and DC reluctantly agreed.

    Most staffers at the time figured the book would last about six issues. Wolfman and Perez, however, had added a new twist to the comic. Previous versions of the series had always dealt with existing characters from other books. While the latest book featured some of these characters, new ones were also created. This was the introduction of Cyborg, Raven and Starfire. It was also the start of something big. Within a short time, "The New Teen Titans" was DC's biggest selling book and was rivaling Marvel's "X-Men" among fans.

    News: Teen Titans at 25, Crisis at 20

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    Teen Titans at 25, Crisis at 20
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    Teen Titans at 25, Crisis at 20: The Enduring Duo of Marv Wolfman and George Pérez


    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    (excerpt)

    The legendary creative duos in comic books include two teams - Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and Stan Lee and Jack Kirby - of whom it is generally safe to mention only their last names. Others may well someday be added to this pantheon and still others probably already belong to it, but while Simon & Kirby helped define the 1940s and 1950s and Lee & Kirby certainly defined the 1960s, another team defined the 1980s and in many ways helped set the groundwork for the superhero comics we have today.

    Writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez, who this year celebrate the 25th anniversary of New Teen Titans and the 20th anniversary of Crisis on Infinite Earths, have impacted the superhero genre as have few other pairs of creators. Though both worked extensively with other partners before and since those efforts, there is undeniably something compelling and special about that period and their collaborative labors.

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    News: Teen Titans 25th Anniversary Panel

    July 16, 2005 09:34 am
     From www.newsarama.com
    SDCC DAY 2: TEEN TITANS 25TH ANNIVERSARY PANEL
    MattBrady


    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    Friday’s Teen Titans 25th Anniversary panel at Comic Con International: San Diego saw the room packed as Nick Cardy, Marv Wolfman, Geoff Johns, Glenn Murakami, and Barb Kesel talked Titans old and new, in print and animated.

    (excerpt)

    After introducing himself Geoff Johns praised Wolfman, saying that his writing has served as an inspiration and influence on him over the years.

    Murakami said that he, like Johns, was a fan of the Wolfman/Perez comic series growing up, and lept at the chance to develop the group of heroes as an animated series when the opportunity was presented to him.

    ...

    Asked about the progress of Games, the long-delayed in finishing original Teen Titans graphic novel by Wolfman and Perez, Wolfman said that it will happen when it happens, noting that Perez needs to finish it first, as it is something Wolfman said he doesn’t want to write in pieces. “It’s the best Titans George has ever drawn, though,” Wolfman said.

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    News: Lein Wein Article in Wizard

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    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    PUTTING CLAREMONT ON UNCANNY X-MEN was simply one in an endless series of shining successes Wein enjoyed while wearing his "editor" hat. Another one? The critically acclaimed Marv Wolfman/George Pérez run on New Teen Titans, which Wein oversaw in 1980, after having moved to DC.

    "Working on Titans was a dream," recalls Wein. "With the X-Men being the hottest book at Marvel, we figured we ought to do something with DC's own version - the Teen Titans." He and Wolfman pitched the idea to DC President Jenette Kahn, who "looked at us like we were crazy. After all, the book had been terrible - the last time DC canceled it! We looked at her and said together, 'We'll do it better.' And she said okay! At that point in time, the two of us were either writing or editing the top third of their line, so she figured she had a pretty good shot with us."

    The team of Wein, Wolfman, and Pérez went on to make magic, guiding the title to X-Men-level popularity. Wein's formula for success? Stay out of the way. "My attitude as an editor was always hire the right people and get the hell out of their way," explains Wein. "Let them do what they do best. As an editor you stand on the sidelines, and if they start to veer off course, your job is to pull them back. But otherwise, if it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    "His main strength as an editor is his ability to see what's wrong," notes Wolfman. "I always said, and he agrees, that if there was a job that was essentially called, 'No no, don't do that,' that should be Len's job. He's able to see what someone else has done, and then make the suggestion very clearly as to how to make it better."

    Even if someone doesn't go along with Wein's suggestions.

     May 14, 2004 06:06 pm | Scoop's TT Article (May 14)
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    For the purposes of this article, we're going to say that the truly authentic New Teen Titans were the ones that cropped up in the 1980s.

    See, the first Teen Titans appeared in the 1960s. Then they experienced a minor lull and underwent a semi-reinvention in the '70s, adding characters like the Joker's Daughter, The Bumblebee, Bat-Girl and Golden Eagle.

    But it wasn't until 1980 when DC Comics emerged under an official The New Teen Titans comic title that the transformation was complete. Previewed in DC Comics Presents #26, this fresh-faced crew fused the older standbys like Robin, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash with entirely original characters like Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, Terra and Changling.

    The major difference between this camp and its band of '60s predecessors was that, this time, the Teens were no longer sidekicks. They'd finally emerged from the shadows of their mentors (with the aid of gradual age progression) to become their own men... and women. This time around, they were confident enough in their own ability to bust the bad guys without having to play second fiddle or beg an assist from their older superheroic counterparts.

    Under this title, Wonder Girl married and Robin graduated college. Then, in 1988, the comic title evolved, dropping the "Teen" from its name to become The New Titans, and crimefighting business went on as usual for another eight years.

    But any channel-surfing animated series enthusiast knows that yet another group of New Teen Titans airs regularly on the Cartoon Network. So will the newest New Teen Titans one day become passe, only to be usurped by another newer New Teen Titans crew? Well, if history is any indication, we'd guess so....

     March 21, 2004 | Broken Frontier Reviews TT vol 4, #9
    From Broken Frontier

    First Blood (TEEN TITANS #9 REVIEW)
    Sunday, March 21, 2004 1:00:12 PM
    written by Mike Bullock

    (excerpt)

    Speaking of big shoes to fill, Mike McKone may feel he’s standing in the shadow of the mighty George Perez. However, just as Johns steps out into the light and makes this book his own, so to, does McKone. With the help of Alquiza and Rapmund on inks, the art has a feel that is unique to the new series, yet endowed with the same dynamic flair Perez showcased some two decades ago.

    Anyone who enjoys team dynamics, intriguing plots and incredible characterization brought to life by ‘A’ list artistic talent should be reading this book. These guys have taken an old concept and created something fresh and new. As the cliché goes, this isn’t your Father’s Titans, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

     December 31, 2003 | Costa Joins DC's Direct Sales
    From Silver Bullet Comics

    DC News Round-Up
    Posted: Wednesday, December 24
    By: Shawn Patty

    (excerpt)

    VINNIE COSTA JOINS DIRECT SALES AS REPRESENTATIVE - EVENTS & RETAILER SERVICES

    DC Comics' Direct Sales department welcomes Vinnie Costa as Representative - Events & Retailer Services. Costa reports to Fletcher Chu-Fong, Manager - Events & Retailer Services, and assists with convention and meeting planning and fulfills retailers' promotional requests.

    "Vinnie brings enthusiasm and passion for comics to his new position, as well as expertise in the travel industry," says Fletcher Chu-Fong, "We're going to a lot of conventions next year, and Vinnie will have a major role in our success for 2004."

    "I've been reading comics since I was twelve, starting with THE NEW TEEN TITANS," says Costa. "I'm really looking forward to assisting the retail community in whatever way I can. If it helps retailers sell more books, I'm happy to do it!"

     December 15, 2003 | Wolfman Interview on Pulse
    From Pulse

    MARV WOLFMAN ON THE NEW TEEN TITANS
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    (excerpt)


    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    It was announced at Wizard World Texas that Marv Wolfman and George Perez would be teaming up again to complete the ‘80s graphic novel starring the New Teen Titans. THE PULSE thought now would be the perfect time to ask Wolfman some questions about his original work on the series.

    THE PULSE: Back in the day, after the Teen Titans hadn't done so well in its second volume in the mid-70s, what made you want to bring them back again? Why did you think the time was right?
    WOLFMAN: When I moved over to DC from Marvel I was assigned a lot of crossover titles like World's Finest and Brave & The Bold and really didn't want to work on them. I hate those kinds of team-up books and had already done almost two years worth of Marvel Two-In-One stories that I felt were among my worst Marvel work, so I was desperate to get off them. I managed to get onto Superman and still needed one more title. Having written the Titans in the late 60s - I did the original origin of Wonder Girl story back then - and having a soft spot for the group, I thought it would be fun to redo the Titans, but in the more modern style at the time. I primarily wanted to create my own characters as well as finally get a chance to do super-hero stories in my own style - as I had been doing with Tomb of Dracula - as opposed to writing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four in a pseudo Stan Lee style. I had no expectations that the Titans would sell, even after George agreed to do the book, but we both knew we would have fun while it lasted. And it lasted. And lasted. And lasted.

    THE PULSE: At that point in time, how many teen hero comics were there on the shelves?
    WOLFMAN: I'm not certain if there were any Teen comics out in 1980 outside of Titans. The X-Men were certainly not teens but I'm not sure if the Legion was being done at that point or not. Titans was a risk for DC because Jenette Kahn, the publisher, really disliked the previous versions and wasn't sure DC should try a new one. But she went with [editor] Len Wein and me when we said we'd do it better. It was a leap of faith that I'm not sure is being done today in the same way.

     November 4, 2003 | Filipino Contribution to Comics
    From Comic Book Resources

    "Komikeros: The Filipino Contribution to the Comic Book Medium"
    Part 1: 1970s-1980s
    By Budjette Tan

    (excerpt)

    Romeo Tanghal is a name I constantly saw credited as inker of Marv Wolfman and George Perez's "New Teen Titans". Before that Tanghal also did pencils for "House of Mystery" and later on became an inker for books like "Batman", "Captain Atom", "Doctor Fate", "Justice League of America", "Green Lantern", "Wonder Woman", "Dazzler", and "Thor."

    Since I was born in 1972, I only got to see the works of these great artists as badly reprinted editions or as sample pages in "The History of Komiks." Thankfully, some of their work has been reprinted in trade paperbacks, although most are lost in some back issue bin or in some kid's toy chest.

     May 14, 2003 | Frank Cho Interview at SqT
    From Sequential Tart

    Cho's Meadows
    May 2003
    by Jennifer M. Contino

    Interview: Frank Cho

    Frank Cho is a lifelong comics fan who started creating his own comic strips in college. One of his works was the basis for the widely-popular Liberty Meadows series. A while ago, Cho chose to stop syndicating Liberty Meadows and publish it through Image Comics. Sequential Tart caught up with Cho to discuss how that deal was working out and some of his future projects.

    (excerpt)

    ST: When did you first start reading and collecting comics? Which ones were early favorites?
    FC: I seriously started collecting comic books when I was in the 5th grade. I have so many early favorites — Fantastic Four #250, Uncanny X-Men #166, Amazing Spider-Man with the first appearance of the Hobgoblin, the great Marv Wolfman and George Perez run on the Teen Titans. Detective Comics #509 by Don Newton was one of the biggest inspiration to become a comic book artist.

     April 9, 2003 | Berganza Interview at CWN
    From Comic World News, thanks to Marcus Mebes

    Topic: Eddie Berganza: DC's OTHER Superman, Editor Eddie Beranza speaks with CWN
    Posted: April 07 2003,17:30
    posted by Caleb Gerard Offline

    Eddie Berganza: DC’s Other Superman

    Eddie Berganza, from looking at his current resume, seems to be the busiest man behind the scenes at DC Comics today. With the whole Super-family of titles a couple of new regular monthlies and a handful of minis is it any wonder that this interview took weeks to complete (oh, and I should add that Eddie was also on jury duty recently, so he’s civic AND hard working).
    Under Eddie’s watchful eye Superman and his “family” have gone through changes that have caught the attention of not only the comic press but also mainstream press as well.
    Anyhow, the less said at this end of the interview the better, so let’s see what’s up with Eddie Berganza. Oh, and please feel free to comment on the piece, but you’ll have to register 1st.

    (excerpt)


    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    CWN: You seem to have a fondness for the Titans (Teen or otherwise) when did this start for you?
    EB: I think like most everyone, it was with Marv Wolfman and George Perez on NEW TEEN TITANS #1. That stuff was amazing and so different from everything else at DC at the time. And I'm a sucker for team books. I love character interaction.

    CWN: Wolfman & Perez rocked the industry, no doubt. What are we going to be getting from this latest version of the Titans?
    EB: Some great characterization from writer Geoff Johns. He excels at that. Don't believe me, just check out JSA, HAWKMAN and FLASH, and add a healthy dosage of action plus the amazing art of Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza, and you have some pretty cool stuff. I've worked with McKone on SUPERMAN in the past and it's been great, but what he's doing on TITANS surpasses anything I've seen him do before. He's really into it. Fans of Marv and George's run will be really happy with this. Of the past incarnations this comes the closest to that, and at the same time Geoff is being extremely careful that this very NEW reader friendly.

    CWN: You seem to have a fondness for the Titans (Teen or otherwise) when did this start for you?
    EB: I think like most everyone, it was with Marv Wolfman and George Perez on NEW TEEN TITANS #1. That stuff was amazing and so different from everything else at DC at the time. And I'm a sucker for team books. I love character interaction.

    CWN: Wolfman & Perez rocked the industry, no doubt. What are we going to be getting from this latest version of the Titans?
    EB: Some great characterization from writer Geoff Johns. He excels at that. Don't believe me, just check out JSA, HAWKMAN and FLASH, and add a healthy dosage of action plus the amazing art of Mike McKone and Marlo Alquiza, and you have some pretty cool stuff. I've worked with McKone on SUPERMAN in the past and it's been great, but what he's doing on TITANS surpasses anything I've seen him do before. He's really into it. Fans of Marv and George's run will be really happy with this. Of the past incarnations this comes the closest to that, and at the same time Geoff is being extremely careful that this very NEW reader friendly.

     March 21, 2003 | Ask Mr Silverage (CBG #1533)
    From COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)

    AS MR SILVER AGE:
    written by Craig Shutt
    published in COMICS BUYER'S GUIDE #1533 (4 Apr 03)
    website: www.comicsbuyersguide.com

    More from Bronze Age Readers

    Dave Blanchard: "Dear Mr. Age:

    (excerpt)

    ..But if New Teen Titans #1 (Nov 80) was the first DC Bronze Age comic, as you claim, how do you define all the super-hero comics DC did from 1976-1979? And, for that matter, how do you define DC Comics Presents #26 (Oct 80), which featured the first appearance of the New Teen Titans.

    DC pumped out a whole bunch of new super-hero comic books from January 1976 right up until the 1978 Implosion (which really only slowed things down, as opposed to stopping DC dead in its tracks.) I think it's way too late in the game to say that DC finally "got it", when New Teen Titans came out, particularly since New Teen Titans itself was a retread of a retread. It was more or less DC finally getting one right, mostly thanks (I think) to the George Pérez art than anything else."


    Craig Shutt: ...I think the DC Implosion is a good indication that the company didn't "get it" prior to New Teen Titans. Actually the Implosion probably helped solidify the new Bronze Age, since it killed more other-genre material than it did super-hero comics, clearing the way to return to super-heroes after DC realized that the Teen Titans might not be a popular approach.

    The notion that New Teen Titans was a "retread" doesn't bother me, considering Barry Allen was a retread. I learned long ago that there are billions of great ideas floating around; success is all about execution.

     March 16, 2003 | TT: Terror of Trigon Signature
    From Vu

    Looking at the signatures on the cover to NEW TEEN TITANS: TERROR OF TRIGON, it looks like Phil Jimenez signed the artwork as "PEREZ & JIMENEZ". This might confuse some reader into thinking that George Pérez did the artwork for the cover, but that is not entirely true. George (with Dick Giordano) did the original cover to NEW TEEN TITANS #1, and this new cover is merely an homage or tribute to the original cover design. See homages: NEW TEEN TITANS #1 for additional homage covers.

     November 11, 2002 | Big Changes to DC's Youngsters
    From Newsarama
  • Cover based on NEW TEEN TITANS #1
  • YOUTH QUAKE: Big Changes to DC's Youngsters
    posted November 10, 2002 12:11 PM
    written by michaelDORAN

    (excerpt)

    Teen Titans will feature the creative team of writer Geoff Johns and artist Mike (Exiles) McKone.

    “This is like a dream project for Geoff,” said (editor Eddie) Berganza. “He’s told me the first year’s storyline, and it’s amazing. You won’t believe what he has planned.”

    One thing the publisher does ask you to believe it the new team’s line-up, because they’ve already revealed it. The new series will star former YJ'ers Robin, Wonder Girl, Superboy and Impulse, along with former Titans Beast Boy, Cyborg, Starfire and Raven, though Johns tells Newsarama that won’t be the teams’s complete final line-up.

    “I chose these characters specifically because, most of them are DC's new generation of teens (Superboy, Robin, etc.) and the others are favorite characters of mine, ones I gravitate toward,” Johns said, adding the line-up’s sort-of ‘resemblance-with-a-twist’ to Wolfman & Perez’ classic New Teen Titans line-up was both intentional and coincidence.

    “Why Starfire and Cyborg (not teens) are present will all be explained in the book. And you'll be seeing a different kind of Raven. Plus we have some big plans for Superboy. “

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     November 11, 2002 | Geoff Johns Talks TT
    From Comic Book Resources
    TITANS TOGETHER! GEOFF JOHNS TALKS ABOUT 'TEEN TITANS!'
    by Arune Singh, Staff Writer
    Posted: November 10, 2002

    (excerpt)

    Some fans might be skeptical, with all the different incarnations of the Titans, teen or not, in recent years and Johns says that he does have a unique perspective to bring to the book, but he can't go into too much detail yet. "I'm really focusing on the kids being kids, teenagers being teenagers and why they have to be together, but I can't really talk [New Teen Titans #1]specifics at this point," says Johns. "It's just too early and I don't want to spoil Judd's mini-series or our first arc. But I can tell you that I chose the characters for this book because those are the characters I gravitate towards and the reason they mirror the Wolfman/Perez era is because that's my favorite era, of course. No one said I had to take the characters - I chose them. And yes, before anyone points it out, I realize that Cyborg and Starfire are not teenagers. However, you'll be seeing a very different kind of Raven…"

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     October 7, 2002 | We've Got Letters (Oct 6)
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    Letters, We’ve Got Letters!
    Sunday, October 6
    By Marv Wolfman

    From: kpierc72@earthlink.net

    How did the entire concept of the Teen Titans came about? Was it DC's intention for it to complete with the X-Men or was it a surprise hit? Had you and George Perez always had the idea of Cyborg, Raven and Star fire, back in Marvel? Why did DC not include Firestorm within the Teen Titans. Who had come up with the concept of Nightwing?

    I will assume you’re asking about The New Teen Titans and not the original group. I don’t know who created that group – it could have been the editors or the writer, Bob Haney. Maybe someone out there knows? As for my group, I was leaving Marvel and coming over to DC (in those days you could only work for one company and not both) and was getting my assignments. My only request was no team-up books, so, naturally, I was assigned to DC Presents and Brave & Bold, both team-up books. Therefore, my first order of business was to get off those titles.

    Len Wein and I had written a story or two for the original Teen Titans way back in the late 60s, and I always had a warm spot for those characters, so I asked Len – who at this point had become an editor at DC – if we could revive the title. I went home and came up with the characters, so, no, there was not always a Starfire, Cyborg or Raven. You can read my introduction for the first Teen Titans Archives to see how they came about. Len and I went into publisher Jenette Kahn’s office and pitched my idea. Jenette said she did not like the previous version of the Titans and therefore wasn’t hot on the idea, but we said we’d do it better. Honestly, that’s all we said. Jenette, who trusted us, said fine.

    As I fleshed out the characters I ran into George Perez at the Marvel offices. I mentioned to him that I was working on a new version of the Titans and would he be interested in drawing it. George thought the book would last maybe a half dozen issues, and there was a chance he could also draw the Justice League, which was the book he really wanted to do, so he said yes. George then designed the look of each and every one of the characters.

    We showed Jenette what we had done and she liked it so much she decided we should do a 16 page original Titans story that they would put in free in DC Presents #26 to get people interest.

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     August 11, 2002 | We've Got Letters (Aug 11)
    From Silver Bullet Comics
    Letters. We’ve Got Letters!
    By Marv Wolfman


    NEW TEEN TITANS #1 (Nov 1980)
    (excerpt)

    The following came from someone whose name I stupidly lost. Tell me who sent this and I'll publicly apologize.

    What is your opinion of the different segments of your lengthy run on Titans? What was your best story arc? What was your worst? At what point did you realize you didn't want to write it anymore? Discuss generally your long run on the book and how it affected you as a writer and the concept of the team book in the comic medium. Also compare your run on Titans to the Claremont period on X-Men and the results on both books.

    The New Teen Titans was the best of times and the worst of times. I loved writing the book, especially the first eight to ten years where I was in charge of it, either unofficially or officially. Those were the issues where I did what I truly believed in. Once someone else comes in - even if they are a great editor - things change. Sometimes for the best. Sometimes not so for the best. There are a number comics where I truly believe the editor makes the series much, much better, but a very few series where I feel the creators should be left alone. For me those series would be Titans, Crisis and Tomb Of Dracula. Everything else I've worked on has been helped by working with good editors. I don't think it's at all surprising that things weren't quite the same on Titans once that control changed.

    Best runs: The first 50 issues. Or anytime I worked with the incredible George Perez. He wasn't just the artist. He was the co-creator. Favorite stories: "Who is Donna Troy?", the Terra storyline. And a story nobody ever brings up which is my all time favorite, "Shades of Gray," the culmination of the Changeling/Terminator story. There are dozens of smaller stories that I also love, especially "A Day In The Life," and "A Pretty Girl Is Like a Maladi." I loved the Kole stories and many others.

    Where did it go wrong? The last year or two. The reason? See my note in paragraph one above. Also, along the way I lost interest in the series and thought of quitting, but then Jon Peterson became editor and reminded me what I loved about the book. We did "Titans Hunt" together which was as close to the 'classic' Titans as I had done in a long time. It would have been a lot better if it hadn't had to be broken up by two maxi-series, turning what should have been a four-five part story where Vic Stone would have been rebuilt to a year and a half storyline where he got lost in the mix.

    I finally had it during that final year and decided to quit the book. I hated every story. Every issue. I wasn't even the plotter. So, at a DC Christmas out here in LA, I went up to DCU Editor-in-Chief Mike Carlin and said I wanted to quit and asked if DC would bring back Night Force and let me write that instead, but with a different editor. I thought there might have been a problem, but Mike said yes but asked me to stay on the Titans a few issues longer. He said he thought it would be best to cancel the Titans with my run rather than just hand it over to someone else. They would then restart it with new characters, concepts and a new number one, which I thought was a great idea. After sixteen years, a new voice and approach was needed. Mike assigned a new editor to my last four issues, and, with the exception of not being able to use Nightwing - who had been returned to Batman continuity - let me end the series pretty much the way I wanted. I still thank Mike for rescuing me from what had turned into a hellish nightmare.

    I still love the Titans and would love to do individual stories about them, but DC hasn't seemed that interested. I recently proposed a character-driven Titans-3 series featuring an approximately 24 year old Cyborg, Raven and Starfire trying to figure out what they are about when they aren't being super, but nobody seems to be banging down my door for it. I also have tried to jumpstart the Games graphic novel George and I started a dozen years ago - of which he drew 80 incredible pages that have never been seen - but again, no interest.

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     July 13, 2002 | Bronze Age
    From COMICS BUYERS GUIDE #1497 (26 July 2002)
    When was the Bronze Age?
    written by Craig Shutt

    Crisis: Some fans believe this series ended an era by creating the one-world DC view. But Crisis brought many new fans back to super-hero comics. The grappling with various threads that came out of a Crisis compares with the declining years of the Silver Age, 1968-1970, when a host of oddball comics were produced in an effort to find another winning direction. In the Bronze Age, the compaies again were searching for new ideas, but they searched primarily within the super-heroes. It's also difficult to believe the third great super-hero era ended before Dark Knight Returns and Watchmen appeared.

    (Vu: Two other important comic books mentioned (and discussed) in this article was NEW TEEN TITANS #1 and CRISIS ON INFINITE EARTHS #1. Incidentally, according to this article, the Bronze Age took place between 1975-1989.)

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