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Six by 6 | Six comics that made us cry

posted Jun 21, 2009, 7:54 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