Value of 1st Appearance Teen Titans Characters Comics
Growing in importance thanks to the DC movie mill, Teen Titans have a number of classic, valuable first appearance issues.
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Sidekicks to most major superheroes have been established since Robin joined Batman in Detective Comics #38.
The first team: Robin, Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad, all appeared in different titles, as shown below.
Robin: First Appearance,
Detective Comics #38
Record sale: $107,000
Minimum value: $4,000
Here is a list of first appearances of the major Teen Titans and New Teen Titans characters. The list is ordered (approximately) by earliest to most recent introduction to the DC Universe.
Click any of the names to see the value of their first appearances.
The three superhero sidekicks (Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash) never call themselves "The Teen Titans" in this book.
BB #60 (see below) would be their first official outing.
BB #54 is currently a hot comic book.
Now we can get official. While we don't get to see how, exactly, Wonder Girl joins or how they decided to call themselves The Teen Titans, the team is officially born here.
After the story ends, the Teen Titans characters go their separate ways, their first mission a success.
The final appearance of the Teen Titans characters before their own series began a month later was in Showcase #59.
Odd timing, since their own debut a month later had to already be in the works, making this not very effective as a "try out," which is what Showcase generally was used for.
Either way, the Titans get locked into the "teen themed" stories that would characterize their first run here.
In the inaugural issue of their own title, the Teen Titans characters show themselves to be the upstanding and earnest teens that all America loved.
Values of this book have heated up due to speculation about the upcoming Teen Titans movie.
The Titans face a teenage would-be super-villain named Punch in this issue.
He is so angry at another villain for mocking his plans to defeat the JLA that he decides to prove himself by defeating the Teen Titans first, as that should be an easier accomplishment.
Well, wouldn't you know it, the Titans foil him. Old Pal Speedy (teenage sidekick to Green Arrow and future junkie) is along for the ride to help out, and after the case is wrapped up, volunteers to take Aqualad's place.
We'll leave out, for now, the way in which Hawk and Dove, well, dovetail into the unpleasant objectivist philosophy that their creator, the legendary Steve Ditko, had begun espousing by 1969.
Let's simply say that Hawk and Dove begin their occasional association with the Teen Titans characters in this issue.
Record sale: $1,000
Minimum value: $5
In Teen Titans #22, Wonder Girl was Donna Troy, the orphaned survivor of a house fire who'd been rescued by Wonder Woman, brought to Paradise Island, and given powers equal to Wonder Woman's by Queen Hyppolyta.
Another hot comic thanks to the renewed interest in Wonder Woman.
"Joker's Daughter" had been hanging around Titans' HQ, after a battle with Robin.
Robin, for whatever reason, proposed her as a new member of the Team. She had purple skin and some cool gadgets, and could fight a bit, so the Boy Wonder must have figured they needed more chicks around. Or that's the best guess.
Her real name is Duela Dent, and later on, she would be retconned into having the Jokester (the alternate reality heroic version of the Joker) as her real father.
In addition to Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Beast Boy (now known as Changeling), there are new heroes Cyborg, Raven, and the barely-dressed Starfire.
The issue of the New Teen Titans characters backtracks from the preview in DC Comics Presents to show the unfolding drama of nearly-naked alien princess Starfire (real name: Koriand'r) and her enslavement at the hands of her evil sister.
Meanwhile, Raven (an empath and precognitive) gathers together the members of the New Teen Titans, since they are fated to be together to rescue Starfire and fight for justice together.
If you're looking for a valuable issue of the New Teen Titans, then #2 is just what the doctor ordered.
The first appearance of Deathstroke adds significant value to this issue, in which we find out that he is the father of Grant Wilson.
The introduction of this classic New Teen Titans character makes this a hot comic book.
The drama which had been brewing between Starfire and her sister, Blackfire, comes to a head in this, the first New Teen Titans Annual.
For anyone interested, the real end of comic books happened in The New Teen Titans #44, when Robin, the Boy Wonder, finally grew up and became Nightwing.
The poop-storm of new Robins that followed was a sad, sad chapter in DC Comics history, and the way that Nightwing was rebooted and retconned after the Crisis in the mid-80s is probably why Nightwing was never as popular as Robin or as his old mentor, the guy in the Bat suit.
The Teen Titans began as a simple idea for a story in The Brave and the Bold: get the sidekicks of some JLA members together for a story.
One can just imagine B&B writer Bob Haney pitching the idea to his higher-ups: "The kids'll love it! Three teenage heroes together, fighting crime—they'll really identify! We can’t miss!"
From that beginning, the idea for the original Teen Titans came. Robin, the Boy Wonder, Aqualad (Aquaman's teenage sidekick), and Kid Flash (Flash's teenage sidekick) would be joined by Wonder Girl (less a sidekick than a junior version of Wonder Woman) to form the original Teen Titans.
The comic sold reasonably well, but not enough to make it monthly. The Teen Titans characters plodded along as a bi-monthly until it was cancelled in 1973.
A 1976 reboot as part of the "DC Explosion" lasted only ten more bi-monthly issues before falling victim to the "DC Implosion." And after all, they'd grown up. Being no longer teens, it seemed silly to all concerned to keep going.
When a "new" Teen Titans team was slipped into a backing feature in DC Comics Presents in 1980, no one expected much, but with new characters and a new creative team (Marv Wolfman and George Perez) The New Teen Titans became a runaway hit, DC's answer, if you will, to Marvel's X-Men (at least it was perceived that way at the time).
The title failed, however, to have the staying power of its counterpart at Marvel, never spawning the franchise that the X-Men did.
Nonetheless, there are many issues of Teen Titans comics, both the "original" and the "new" incarnations, which are valued by collectors, with the earliest Silver Age issues commanding the highest prices at the moment.
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