"Who Is Donna Troy?" (23 pages)
Six by 6 | Six comics that made us cry
posted Jun 21, 2009 9:54 PM by vu sleeper
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
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
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 ]
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.
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.
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?
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| February 10, 2004 | Question of the Issue Reponses
Question of the Issue?
PACESETTER: THE GEORGE PEREZ MAGAZINE #4
NEW TEEN TITANS #26
NEW TEEN TITANS #34
Thread started on: 02/08/04 at 12:40am
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
TALES OF THE TEEN TITANS #44
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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From NEW TEEN TITANS #38
January 12, 2003 | Titans/X-Men #2 (Errata)
TITANS' TOWER (letter page)
edited by Marv Wolfman
How about another X-Men/New Teen Titans teamp-up? I Love the first one.
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.
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.
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