Superhero Saturday: Teen Titans

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We’re continuing our Back to School month with another popular team up of young heroes: the Teen Titans!

The Teen Titans are a team of super kids (many sidekicks) with a rotating lineup. They began way back in 1964, in an issue of Brave and the Bold, and were, at the time, made up of the original Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) and Aqualad, but were eventually joined by Wonder Girl (Donna Troy) and the first Speedy (Roy Harper).

The New Teen Titans premiered in the 1980s, and brought with it the original line-up (Robin/Nightwing, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash), with the addition of a few of the more recognizable characters, including Cyborg, Raven, and Beast Boy. The series would have a few different titles through its 130 issue run, starting with The New Teen Titans, then Tales of the Teen Titans, then The New Titans.

Eight years later, in 1996, the Teen Titans would be born again, and in 2003 we would be treated to a brand new line-up featuring the 1980s Titans Raven, Beast Boy, Starfire, and Cyborg, but the newest incarnations of Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), and Kid Flash (Bart Allen), along with newly introduced Superboy.

When the New 52 relaunch of the DC Universe premiered in 2011, it brought with it yet another line-up, featuring Red Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Kid Flash (Bart Allen), Solstice, Superboy, Bunker, and Skitter.

And those are just the major teams. Others have also included teen versions of a number of other famous heroes, including the Betty Kane version of Bat-Girl from the 1970s, Supergirl, Hawk and Dove, Bumblebee, etc. You can see a complete list here.

Major Villains

Villains of the Titans have come in just about as many varieties as the Titans themselves, and usually spawn from enemies of each individual hero. Brother Blood, Deathstroke, Trigon and Lex Luthor have all had run ins with the teen heroes throughout the decades.

In the newest incarnation of the Teen Titans, the evil organization N.O.W.H.E.R.E. has posed the largest threat.

Major Story Archs

The Terror of Trigon

Who is Donna Troy?

JLA/Titans: The Technis Imperative

Any major universe crossover (Countdown, One Year Later, Brightest Day)

Where to Start

Honestly, there are a ton of places you could pick up and start getting to know the heroes, but possibly the least confusing would have to be the New 52 books, featuring Tim Drake as Red Robin, or the animated series Teen Titans, or even the brand new Teen Titans Go!.

Tricia Ennis

Tricia Ennis

Tricia is the owner and editor of this website, but it's not like she's holding that over anyone's head or anything. Lover of cats, comics, television, and the occasional horror comedy. Find other thoughts and absurdities on Twitter, and her personal blog. Fully expects to die brilliantly in the zombie apocalypse.
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