Thanks to Ilke
DC; November 1980
Cover by George Pérez and Dick Giordano
Title: “The New Teen Titans”
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Review: Following a strong debut in DC Comics Presents #26, the new Teen Titans gather for good in this well-executed first issue. Writer Marv Wolfman packs a lot into this origin tale: back story, foreshadowing, solid action, and plenty of characterization – often in the form of parental angst. A former top editor for the competition, Wolfman brings something else essential to the Teen Titan’s mix: an infusion of Marvel style. Joined by fellow Marvel-expat George Pérez – who delivers dynamic-but-still-raw art here – the writer would soon have this series topping DC’s sales chart. Deservedly so.
Cool factor: DC finds its answer to Marvel’s X-Men – and the creative team to pull it off.
Notable: Includes a one-page intro essay by Marv Wolfman titled “You Can Come Home Again!”
Creator quotable: “The Titans’ origins all stemmed
from parent/child differences. The theme for the Titans began and
remained young verses old. Son and daughter verses father and mother.
These universal conflicts, understood by all teens as they grow up and
separate from their parents, could be revisited time and time again.”
–Writer/co-creater Marv Wolfman (From the Preface to The New Teen Titans Archives: Volume 1, November 1998)
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