Summer 2004 Comic Book Trivia Quiz!!!
Author: Robert Smithers
Published on: July 28, 2004
It’s the lazy, hazy days of summer. So
what could be better to take along on your summer trip or take a break
between swimming and baseball to check out my trivia quiz! That’s right –
here’s a trivia quiz that you can print out and take along.
Here’s the deal. This week I give you the
questions. You have to wait until next week to get the answers. The
questions are divided up into easy, normal and hard. And the hard
questions are extremely hard.
In DC Comics, who gets married in Tales of the Teen Titans #50?
Summer Trivia Quiz 2004 - Answers
Author: Robert Smithers
Published on: August 3, 2004
Terrance Long and Donna Troy.
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 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
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
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
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