The New Teen Titans (Volume 1)
Starting Members: Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Cyborg, Starfire (II), Beast Boy, and Raven.
Continued in: Tales of the Teen Titans
- Vol. 1 (#1-8)
- Vol. 2 (#9-16)
- Vol. 3 (#17-20)
- Vol. 4 (#21-27)
- Vol. 1 (#1-20)
- Vol. 2 (#21-40, Annuals #1-3)
The spin-off was about to surpass the original. The Teen Titans had been a part of DC Comics lore since their debut in the pages of "The Brave and the Bold" in 1964. Originally grouping side kicks Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad, the team expanded to include Wonder Girl and then gained its own ongoing series in 1966, adding other team members along the way. Over the course of the years, the teens popularity began to wane, and after a hiatus and a brief return, the comic was cancelled altogether in 1978 at issue #53. But in that title's end, writer Marv Wolfman saw the opportunity of a new beginning.
Joining with artist George Perez, a detailed craftsman known for his ability to seemingly effortlessly render large casts of characters, Wolfman relaunched the famous team of side-kicks in "The New Teen Titans." With a mix of familiar heroes like Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, the Doom Patrol's Beast Boy (now called Changeling), and a few intriguing new faces including the beautiful princess Starfire, the mysterious empath Raven and the half - machine hero Cyborg, "The New Teen Titans" attracted scores of new readers, in no small part due to the quality of the work put into the title.
Wolfman seamlessly blended action and characterization, creating a cast of varied yet easily identifiable team mates, and the New Teen Titans soon climbed to new heights of popularity, scaling right past their mentors in the Justice League to become one of DC's best selling titles of the day. Readers found themselves not only picking up the comic to witness the Titans square off against new foes like the demon Trigon and the criminal organization H.I.V.E., they also did so to check in on the relationships of the cast, including the budding romance between Robin and Starfire. With a level of sophistication rarely seen in its era, "The New Teen Titans" ran for 91 standard issues and spun out into a second series that amassed another 130 issues.