"Today... the Terminator" (24 pages)
FACES OF EVIL FLASHBACK: Deathstroke
Dan Jurgens Wanted to Reprint Teen Titans #2 in latest Booster Gold
posted 17 minutes agoJul 11, 2009 10:24 AM by vu sleeper
Gold Exchange Q&A: Booster Gold #22
July 11th, 2009 Author Russ Burlingame
Batman dead—ahem, that is, with the OTHER Batman dead, you know, the
new one, the one who wasn’t dead already, not that the old one is
ACTUALLY dead but nobody knows that and…anyway, with Batman
dead—Booster Gold was charged this month with the unenviable task of
traveling back in time and facing off against Slade “Terminator”
Wilson, stepping into the pages of Teen Titans #2 by Marv Wolfman and George Perez.
BLOG@: Is it just me, or
is Black Beetle really shortsighted? He doesn’t think of SKEETS? I
mean, he’s been involved in EVERY story Black Beetle has!…Unless of
course we find out Black Beetle is someone else, but still: how do you
forget Skeets when you’re “dampening” powers?
Dan Jurgens: If
you go back and look at the original Titans story, and I tried to
indicate this through the dialogue of the scene, the power dampeners
belonged to Deathstroke. At that particular point of the story, he wants the action to move ahead to Gar’s pool in order to cultivate the time change he wanted.
I had suggested they reprint Teen Titans #2 as a backup instead of running the Blue Beetle that month but it didn’t fly, so you’ll have to go look it up!
posted Jan 28, 2009 3:22 PM by vu sleeper
FACES OF EVIL FLASHBACK: Deathstroke
by Brian K. Eason, Contributing Writer
Wed, January 28th, 2009 at 12:21PM PST
|"Faces of Evil: Deathstroke" one-shot on sale in January
CBR’s look at the villains we love to hate continues, highlighting the stars of DC Comics’ Faces of Evil
campaign, whereby the villains of the DC Universe take center stage in
a series of one-shots and special issues of existing series. The
spotlight falls this week on Deathstoke the Terminator, who returns to
prominence in “Faces of Evil: Deathstroke,” a new one-shot on sale now.
Wilson was a mercenary and assassin first introduced in "New Teen
Titans" v.1 #2 (December 1980) by Marv Wolfman and George Pérez.
Originally, Deathstroke was referred to simply as The Terminator, and
while this might evoke images of Arnold Schwarzenegger looking for
Sarah Connor, the character predated the "Terminator" film by four
The origins of Deathstroke are no secret. As a teen,
Slade Wilson lied about his age so he could join the military, where he
distinguished himself as a soldier and an officer. It was in the
service that Slade met Adeline Kane, a military training officer who,
in a guerrilla training exercise, defeated Slade in combat. Addie and
Slade were a match both on and off the field of battle. The pair were
married and Addie gave birth to a son, Grant (Ravager I).
The surprising success of the Teen Titans
From George Pérez
By GAVIN FORD
October 28, 2005
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.
Carol Sladky is the model for the Ravager's girl friend in
NEW TEEN TITANS #2.
Ironically, since my wife's name is also Carol some of my acquaintances
thought that I had married Carol Sladky. For the record my lovely bride
of over 23 and ½ years is named Carol FLYNN.
From WIZARD #142 (Jul 03)
| May 31, 2003 | TT Worth Checking Out
TITANIC TITLES WORTH TRACKING
written by Heidi Ward
Be on the lookout for massive youth movement in the back issue bins this summer.
With the highly anticipated relaunch of Teen Titans by Geoff Johns and Mike McKone hitting in July, collectors will be scouring bins looking for hot collectibles, and Wizard has the scoop on Titans back issues to watch!
DC COMICS PRESENTS #26
The New Teen Titans who would go on to star in DC's top-selling
title of the '80s, make their first appearance here. The new series
should spark interest in Marv Wolfman and George Pérez's beloved Titans
CURRENT VALUE: $20
NEW TEEN TITANS (vol 1) #2
Marking the first appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator, fans
will be searching for this issue as Geoff Johns has said that
Deathstroke will return to his heinous nature and be a major thorn in
the Titans' collective side in the new series.
CURRENT VALUE: $7.50
From Silver Bullet Comics
| August 11, 2002 |
We've Got Letters (Aug 11)
Letters. We’ve Got Letters!
By Marv Wolfman
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
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.
[ Read more We've Got Letters (Aug 11) ]