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NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Jun 1983)

cover: George Pérez/Dick Giordano
NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1
Jun 83
$1.00
DC Comics (www.dccomics.com)/Keebler (www.keebler.com)

"Plague" (28 pages)

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thanks:
Marv Wolfman
George Pérez
Dick Giordano
Adrienne Roy
Ben Oda
Dave Manak, Len Wein
David Mishur, Stephen Jacobs

Originally a promotional comic book by Keebler & the cooperation with the President's Drug Awareness Campaign, it was distributed throughout schools to teach kids about the danger of drugs. The comic proved so popular that it was eventually sold to speciality retailers and comic shops with the money going to fight drug abuse.

The comic book features an altered costume for Starfire (with George's blessing), and the first appearance of The Protector (who is actually Robin). At the time, another company had licensing rights to Robin so he was quickly replaced with The Protector's costume.

See also NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Keebler Promotion), NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #2, and NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #3.

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    Original art from back cover of New Teen Titans: Drug Issue

    posted Jul 25, 2011 1:28 AM by vu sleeper

    From Michael Lovitz

    NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Jun 1983)

    While not my most favorite image, this piece is fun because of the replacement of Robin with the new Protector character.




    UNL Library Digital Collection Offers NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE as a Free Download

    posted 8 minutes agoMay 7, 2009 10:36 AM by vu sleeper

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    NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Jun 1983)
    The UNL Library Digital Collection is offering digital downloads of all their comics - including NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Jun 1983), thanks to Yet Another Comics Blog for the tip. 

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    The New Teen Titans

    Title The New Teen Titans
    Subject Drug abuse -- Comic books, strips, etc.
    Description 27 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.,
    Artist Marv Wolfman, George Perez, Dick Giordano
    Publisher New York, N.Y. : DC Comics,
    Contributors Keebler Company, Warner Communications Company, U.S. Customs Service, U.S. Department of Education
    Date 1983
    Format Book
    Language English
    Library of Congress Call Number PN6728.5.D3
    OCLC number 11473563

    No Comics In School!?
    posted Apr 8, 2009 1:49 PM by vu sleeper

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    ORIGINS OF A COMIC BOOK JUNKIE: No Comics In School!?
    BY JENNIFER M. CONTINO #540394 - 04/06/09 03:37 PM
    Registered: 08/01/02


    I've joked before that comic books were like my drug addiction, but, in a way, there were more parallels than just my willingness to lie, steal or borrow to get enough money to buy my comic books. I soon discovered that like most drug users, I had to hide my love of comic books from most people or be labeled with a scarlet letter C on my head. In elementary school, none of the other kids seemed to care too much that I liked superheroes and read comic books. When I changed schools though, that was all about to change.

    When I was in fourth grade, it was decided that a school a few blocks from where I lived, across the street from my grandmother's house, was going to be reopened, and that those of us who lived in the park should now attend this school. I didn't mind, I was terrified of the woman who was supposed to be my fourth grade teacher at the old school. I saw her in the halls, and she never smiled. Worse, our classroom was next to theirs, and she was constantly screaming and yelling at the class. Just looking at her was terrifying. She reminded me of a female Darth Vader. So when we were told that we could go to this school, I was looking forward to it.

    [ Read more ORIGINS OF A COMIC BOOK JUNKIE: No Comics In School!? ]


    Hanna-Barbera's Animated The Protector
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    1983 saw the publication of a very special Teen Titans book. It made its debut, not on newsstands, but as part of a kit distributed to schools around the country. The kit was co-produced by DC Comics, Inc., and the Keebler Company for use in President Reagan's drug awareness campaign. Its goal was to inform schoolchildren (in particular, fourth graders) about the dangers of drug abuse.

    Originally, the head of the White House drug program approached DC because he had wanted to use one of their better-known characters such as Superman, Batman, or Wonder Woman. But those characters were tied up in other projects at the time. Instead, DC recommended The New Teen Titans, the company's best-selling title. The program heads were shown Wolfman's two-issue story dealing with runaway children and were impressed. Best of all, they realized The Titans would appeal most strongly to the age group they wished to reach.

    One problem cropped up with the book as Wolfman and Titans artist George Pérez began work on it: Robin, the leader of The Teen Titans, couldn't be used. "This book was being sponsored by Keebler, and Robin was already licensed by Nabisco. So I came up with a new character, The Protector. We already had the art done, so Dave Manak did all the corrections to turn Robin into The Protector. He looks pretty much as I envisioned him, except where his costume is purple, I had originally wanted black."

    Hanna Barbera produced a 60-second anti-drug spot in the early eighties using these six characters. It was the only animated appearance of the New Teen Titans.

    Marv Wolfman, from New Teen Titans #41 letter's page: "Sometime this season you'll be seeing The Titans all over the TV tube. Tying in with our special anti-drug comic, Hanna-Barbera will be unleashing a one-minute Titans anti-drug cartoon spot which should be shown on all three networks, most likely during Saturday morning. There will also be 30-second and 20-second version of the public service announcement. We received a call from their design department, asking for a whole slew of George's designs, so the Titans should look just about perfect."

    The commercial also included the Protector, who appeared in the anti-drug comic book.


    Teen Titans Drug Issue From Blotner
    News Thu, 08 Feb 2007 01:29:47 CST Vu
    From www.filmliteraturemusic.com
    27 August 2006
    written by STEPHEN BLOTNER

    (excerpt)


    NEW TEEN TITANS: DRUG ISSUE #1 (Jun 1983)
    THE TEEN TITANS (now a popular cartoon) was created as a comic series in the mid-eighties from George Perez and writer Marv Wolfman. Promotional comics were written with the JUST SAY NO theme and the comics analyzed addiction and the life and loss of young people.

    One comic had a place to sign a declaration and a pledge which read "I DECLARE THAT I AM AWARE OF THE DANGEROUS EFFECTS OF DRUGS. I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR MYSELF AND WILL NEVER USE ANY UNLAWFUL DRUG."

    The next statement was, “Remember, a declaration is a very strong statement, it's not just repeating something you've already heard. It's thinking hard and being really honest about what you say."

    News: New Speedy to Join Teen Titans

    October 17, 2004 10:39 am
     From New York Times (registration required)
    Arts, Briefly
    October 14, 2004
    written by George Gene Gustines

    A Social Issue in a Comic
    Like many DC Comics superheroes, Green Arrow likes to fight crime with sidekicks. In Green Arrow No. 43, published yesterday by DC Comics, the emerald archer learned that Mia, below, a teenage runaway under his care, had tested positive for H.I.V. The news makes Mia even more determined to realize her desire to become a hero. The writer of Green Arrow is Judd Winick, who is no stranger to tackling social issues in comics. In 2002 he wrote a story about gay bashing in Green Lantern. In 2000 he wrote and illustrated "Pedro and Me," a graphic novel chronicling his friendship with Pedro Zamora, his roommate on the MTV reality series "The Real World," who died of complications of AIDS. Mia will continue as a character in the monthly Green Arrow comic book, but her story will not be a grim and gritty tale. "This isn't about being ill; this isn't about her dying," Mr. Winick said. "She's not going to get sick. We have no interest in ever doing that." Instead, the focus will be on Mia's turning her life around and being a positive force. She will eventually adopt the code name Speedy, after the first of Green Arrow's sidekicks, and she'll join other young heroes in Teen Titans. Mr. Winick plans to write Green Arrow for the long haul. "I'd like to one day write the story where Mia gets the cure for H.I.V.," he said. "It would be nice if that happened sooner rather than later."

     January 12, 2003 | Marv's Letter (Apr 84)
    From NEW TEEN TITANS #41
    TITANS TOWER (Letter Page)
    April 1984

    Dear Titans Fans!

    We have lots of news and this go-around, so let's get started.

    (excerpt)

    …Other Titans news! Sometime this season you'll be seeing The Titans all over the TV tube. Tying in with our special anti-drug comic, Hannah-Barbera will be unleashing a one-minute Titans anti-drug cartoon spot which should be shown on all three networks, most likely during Saturday morning. There will also be 30-second and 20-second version of the public service announcement. We received a call from their design department, asking for a whole slew of George's designs, so the Titans should look just about prefect.

    Next summer should also be a special Titans time. Not only will we have our traditional annual - this time revealing the origin of, well we'll tell you who some other time - but the Titans will also be the guest stars in the DC PRESENTS ANNUAL, featuring our favorites and a certain unnamed Man of Steel. I'll be writing the story, and if deadlines permit, George will be handling the art! Definitely something to look forward to.

    - Marv Wolfman


    02/10/2007 03:33:52

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