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Interview with Sam Humphries (DC Daily)

posted May 25, 2019, 8:48 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated May 25, 2019, 8:49 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.