Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Teen Titans

The Teen Titans, also known as The New Teen Titans, New Titans, or The Titans, is a DC Comics superhero team. The first incarnation of the group unofficially debuted in The Brave and the Bold #54 (July 1964), with the group making its first appearance under the name “The Teen Titans” in Brave and the Bold #60. As the group's name suggests, its membership is usually composed of teenaged superheroes. In the group's first adventure, the team was a junior Justice League of sorts, featuring Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) and Aqualad, the sidekicks of Leaguers Batman, the Flash and Aquaman, respectively.

In its second appearance, the group branched out with the introduction of Wonder Girl, a character introduced for the group to serve as an analogue for Wonder Woman. In Donna Troy's wake, many additional new characters were introduced into the Titans team, many of which were not teenaged sidekicks to adult characters, most notably the college-aged heroes in the 1980 New Teen Titans revival Cyborg, Starfire, Beast Boy, and Raven.

While only a modest success with its original incarnation, the series became a huge hit with its 1980s revival, under the stewardship of writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez. That year, the two relaunched Teen Titans as The New Teen Titans, aging the characters to young adulthood and featuring a level of complex storytelling and character exploration unheard of from DC Comics at the time. However, the departure of George Pérez from the book, the launch of a direct market-only Titans book, Marv Wolfman's own creative burnout (influenced partially by the departure of his longtime collaborator Perez), and editorial interference[citation needed] left the franchise decimated and the series was canceled in 1995 after 130 issues.

Since the cancellation of New Titans the concept has fluctuated in terms of success as creative teams have come and gone, though the most recent revival of the series has garnered both commercial and critical success. The animated television show, as well as the spin off comic, have also helped lead to a successful rejuvenation.

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