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NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984) DC Comics

cover:  George Perez
Date: Jan 1984
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    • MegaCon Orlando 2022 recap (part one) Read More MegaCon It was with heavy heart but great admiration to be present for the George Pérez memorial service hosted at MegaCon Orlando inside the sprawling Orange County Convention Center. … Though it only may be the unofficial start of Summer, it is definitely the official start of comic convention season and we packed up our Avengers Quinjetto flydown to Orlando, FL for the Southeast’s largest show, MegaCon Orlando 2022. Comic book shows have been held in Central Florida since the 70s, and this particular show began in 1993, with former publisher CrossGenpurchasing it in 1999, and its current UK owner, Informa, taking charge in 2015 under its Fan Expo banner.  Fan Expo more recently also assumed ...
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    Newport News, Virginia, in New Teen Titans

    posted Jul 31, 2020, 5:50 PM by Vu Sleeper

    From Vu

    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984)
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    Trivia: Did you know Donna Troy's hometown, Newport News, Virginia, is based on a real city? First appeared in NTT#38

    George updated (and re-used) the city in 1988.

    Images from:
    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984)
    NEW TITANS #50 (Dec 1988)
    NEW TEEN TITANS: GAMES (Sep 2011) - Timeline from 1988

    According to a local (see link), he/she testified, "This odd little shape... which locals would know is the Waterworks tower by the shipyard...which firmly places the neighborhood in downtown Newport News. Just a couple of lines, way in the background...and he places this scene for locals without distracting the story."

    Interview with Sam Humphries (DC Daily)

    posted May 25, 2019, 10:48 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 25, 2019, 10:49 PM ]


    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984)
    DC Comics

    What's your single favorite DC issue of all-time?

    This one was easy for me because my favorite single issue of DC Comics is "Who is Donna Troy?" which is a New Teen Titans issue by Marv Wolfman and George Perez. I love the whole run but that that one issue is fantastic because you really see Dick as a detective. That's one of the reasons why I love it, because it's a Dick Grayson story. It's not a Robin story, it's not a Nightwing story, it's from when as a character he was kind of in between phases. I love it because, in some ways, the stakes are small. He's not chasing down a villain with a bomb that could level of city or, you know, Darkseid or anything like that. But in other ways, the stakes cannot be bigger because he's trying to find the identity of one of his best friends. In this world, anybody's identity means so much to them, but Donna Troy has so little to go on. And he's not doing it because the clock is ticking, he's just doing it because he knows how much it would mean to his friend and he feels like he can do that. I love that issue so much, and when I did my brief Nightwing run I got to do an issue with Phil Jimenez, who's a great artist, great guy, and also a Wolfman-Perez New Teen Titans mega fan! We got to work together on one issue and I said I wanted to do an homage, but we couldn't do it justice if it was just a straight copy job. So I wanted to do a twist on it in the context of the untouchable story arc, and he was so down. So instead of "Who is Donna Troy?" we (and we never called it this officially) did "Uncovering the Identity of the New Villain, the Judge"! We got to show Dick at Hudson University and most of it is told in flashbacks, but he's not in costume and he's just being the detective, and that's just a great thing to have in a Nightwing story.

    Six by 6 | Six comics that made us cry
    posted Jun 21, 2009 9:54 PM by vu sleeper


    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984)

    Six by 6 | Six comics that made us cry
    Posted on June 21, 2009 - 10:52 AM by JK Parkin

    This week Chris Mautner suggested we share our softer sides and each talk about three comics that broke down our tough-guy exteriors and made us openly weep as we turned the pages. It’s a risky venture, to be sure; to some members of our audience, this will destroy the “manly man” image we’ve worked so hard to build up on the blog, but for others, it will show there’s more to who we are than just bad jokes and Shelf Porn.

    So here they are — six comics that made us cry. After reading our selections, be sure to grab a tissue and tell us what comics made you cry as well.


    2. “…I think I’m going to cry …”

    Back in the 1980s, Marv Wolfman and George Perez had a pretty incredible run on the New Teen Titans, and issue #38 always stood out to me as one of the highlights — and one that, yes, made me cry. “Who is Donna Troy?” was narrated by Dick Grayson as he attempted to track down information about his longtime friend Donna Troy, whose past was much less of a continuity nightmare back then. The structure of the story had Grayson using his detective skills to find clues about Donna’s past, and we saw her emotional reaction as he presented each of them to her. Part of the mystery is resolved thanks to a doll Grayson finds in the apartment building where Wonder Woman first found Donna. He tracks it back to a toymaker who used to fix dolls for the orphanage where Donna lived for a time, which eventually leads to Donna reuniting with her adopted mother and visiting the grave of her real mom.

    An emotional scene, sure, but it wasn’t the one that got me … it was when Grayson pulls out the doll again, fixed by the toymaker. It gets me every time:

    from New Teen Titans #38

    from New Teen Titans #38

    –JK Parkin

    On Writing/Art: To Truly Be A Master, You Must Think Like A Novice

    posted May 16, 2009 4:36 PM by vu sleeper [ updated May 16, 2009 4:40 PM ]

    Book Four
    I'd been searching for the right words to begin this post, and "Amateur" and "Professional" don't quite fit the bill. But Master and Novice do.

    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 (Jan 1984)
    A novice can still act with professionalism. But what I wanted to address was the work itself ("work" applying equally well to any creative endeavor), and the process a creator goes though in maturing from a novice to a master.

    Sorting out some old boxes, I came across three color pages I did for the continuation of the PRYDERI TERRA comics, which I hoped to publish through DC Comics' imprint Piranha Press (back in the good ol' days around 1987-88).

    The pages were a long stretch better than the earlier work I'd done. After all, an entire YEAR had passed. I was getting better. And the coloring was decent - I was MUCH better at that, having been instructed by people like Mike Grell and Stan Sakai and Mark Wheatley how I should be doing my coloring. But the art styles were drawing on some very broad influences: one page was all George Perez (TEEN TITANS); one was Bissette & Totleben (SWAMP THING); one was Giffen (LEGION) crossed with Gibbons (WATCHMEN). And these were CONSECUTIVE PAGES.

    That was pretty daring of me, I thought. I wouldn't take creative risks like that today. And then I wondered: when did I stop being daring?

    [ Read more  On Writing/Art: To Truly Be A Master, You Must Think Like A Novice ]

    NEW TEEN TITANS #38 - Page 1 (Jan 1984)

    Coopervale Art

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     February 10, 2004 | Question of the Issue Reponses
    From Forum
    Question of the Issue?
    Thread started on: 02/08/04 at 12:40am

    Tony Lorenz (email): Hi everyone, I still need response to the question of the issue "What is your favorite Titan's cover and why?"

    Reply #1 on: 02/08/04 at 4:22pm
    Mark Metz: I think I have to go with New Teen Titans 21 (the Baxter version). The image of the Titans fallen in the know imaged within Cheshire's green costume has always been one of the most striking covers of the series to me. I had dropped Titans before that issue, but later, I had to have that one for the cover alone.

    It's everything a photoshop user like me wishes I could draw myself rather than use an application to do so. George's artwork her is truly amazing.

    Reply #2 on: 02/08/04 at 7:20pm
    That is my favorite cover of the Teen Titans by George Perez. The cover introduces three new characters, all in a very heroic stance. In each of the background, it tells the story of the character. This is definitely one of the best cover ever made!

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     January 12, 2003 | Titans/X-Men #2 (Errata)
    From NEW TEEN TITANS #38
    TITANS' TOWER (letter page)
    edited by Marv Wolfman


    How about another X-Men/New Teen Titans teamp-up? I Love the first one.

    Hooked forever,
    Alan Pickerill

    The second Titans/X-Men team-up will be published later this year if schedules are willing. George will be drawing it and I (Marv) will write. It should be a goodie. One advanced bit of info is the villains - Brother Blood and the Hellfire Club. Interested now?

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

  • (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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