New, New, New Teen Titans

I remember reading Teen Titans as a kid and thinking “these cool cats are too hip for me.” The year was 1964 and I was 9-years old.

The first Teen Titans team consisted of Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Wonder Girl. They were known as ‘the Cool Quartet’ or ‘the Fab Foursome’ and they used phrases like “groovy”, “far-out”, and “surfs up”.

Brave and the Bold #60 (Jul 1965)

The Teen Titans first appeared in Brave and Bold #54 (Jul 1964). They appeared in subsequent issues of that title and they got their own series which I do not think that I ever read. To me, it felt like “Justice League in short pants”.

Now I feel like I missed out on stuff like when Wonder Girl got her new costume in Teen Titans #22 (Jul 1969). Donna Troy was the absolute most! She was out of this world! A total knockout! A real groovy chick!

The series did not do all that well. It went into hiatus in 1973, was revived in 1976, and then canceled during the comic book crash of 1978.

But then, in 1980, something wonderful happened… Marv Wolfman (writer) and George Perez (artist) teamed up and a new team was born… The New Teen Titans.

The New Teen Titans were previewed in DC Comics Presents #26 (Oct 1980)

This new team consisted of Robin from the original Teen Titans, Changeling (aka Beast Boy), formerly of Doom Patrol and the short-lived Teen Titans West, and three new characters. The new characters were Raven, Cyborg, and Starfire.

The New Teen Titans ran from 1980 to 1984 in 40 issues. It was relaunched in 1984 and ran until 1996 with 131 issues in the second series.

Now fast forward to today… I am addicted to the “Teen Titans Go!” cartoon series on Cartoon Network…

I just discovered that all 64-episodes of the original “Teen Titans” series (2003-2006) is available on YouTube-TV under Cartoon Network.

Also, I learned that there will be a “Teen Titans Go!” feature-length animated movie coming out this year.

Did you know… that the same five voice actors who did the original series are the current voices of Robin, Cyborg, Raven, Starfire, and Beast Boy. The difference is that today there is no drama, it is all comedy.

Plus, there will be a live-action “Titans” series on DC’s new streaming service, DC Universe . The cast is almost complete.

But wait there’s more! At Hoopla, you can read all 40-issues of the first four years of The New Teen Titans (1980-1984) in eight volumes.