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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Teen Titans Key Comics List Part 4

This is Part 4 to this Teen Titans key comics list and there's quite a few important key issues that will change the dynamic and popularity of the superhero team as you'll soon see. We're still in the Bronze Age of comics, but the later part of that era. 

Quite a few first appearances featured in Part 4, and one on here that I've already recommended a few months back. If you missed Part 3, just click the link to check out the Teen Titans key issues you may have missed. If you've been keeping up, read on and enjoy Part 4.

  • First appearance of Teen Titans West
  • Revival of original Batgirl
The Teen Titans split off into two teams. The new team is known as Teen Titans West, and this issue marks the first appearance of the Teen Titans West. Among the members to join the new team in this issue are Lilith, Beast Boy, Hawk, Dove, Gnarkk, and Golden Eagle.

Also the original Batgirl is revived and joins the Teen Titans West as well. She last appeared in Detective Comics # 322 before her revival in this issue.

The original Batgirl is Elizabeth Kane and first appeared in Batman #139 (1961) before Barbara Gordon. Elizabeth Kane, known as Betty Kane, is the niece of Kathy Kane, the original Batwoman. This comic was published October, 1977. 

eBay - We got some CGC goodness for this issue on the mighty eBay at the time of this writing. Two gorgeous 9.6 NM+s, a 9.4 NM and a 9.2 low NM. The 9.2 is from the old Modern Age label. A few raw copies of course are present.

mycomicshop - Just raw copies here so far. Highest is a FN/VF copy on consignment. Highest raw copies in stock are two 5.0 VG/FNs. 

  • Last issue to first series
  • Teen Titans disband
  • Secret origin of the Teen Titans
The first series ends for the Teen Titans comics with issue #53. The Teen Titans disband in this comic book, but it would not be long before we see the group revamped with new cast members.

Much like with the new X-Men team during the Bronze Age, the New Teen Titans would make the group even more popular than the original.

This issue reveals the secret untold origin of the Teen Titans as well. This issue was published February, 1978.

eBay - In terms of slabbed copies, only one CGC 9.2 low NM located here so far. Quite a few unslabbed copies though.

mycomicshop - Four unslabbers only at mycomicshop. No CGC goodness yet for this issue here. Highest is a VF+, and lowest is a VG.

  • First appearance of New Teen Titans
  • First appearance of Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire
  • First appearance of Silas Stone
  • First appearance of Titans Tower
  • First Beast Boy as Changeling
When I first recommended this issue back when Cyborg was confirmed that he would be in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice, I only noted that this issue was the first appearance of Cyborg, but since this key issues list pertains to the Teen Titans, this issue is a lot more significant than just Cyborg's first appearance.

This issue actually has a boatload of first appearances. It is actually the first appearance of the New Teen Titans and debuts the first appearance of Raven and Starfire as well as Cyborg. This new team is extremely popular and a more well-known version to most comic fans growing up in the Copper Age to the present.

Silas Stone's first appearance is in this issue, as well as Titans Tower, the New Teen Titans headquarters. Also, this is the issue where Beast Boy first changes his name to Changeling.

This issue is going to be hot and it's steaming up nicely now, especially as the Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice and the Justice League movies draws nearer to release. I recommended this comic a few months ago. October, 1980 was when this key issue was published.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies of this key issue. Actually, no problem finding high grade slabbed copies either. 9.8s and 9.6s are present as well as other CGC graded options.

mycomicshop - Two CGC 9.8 copies here with one of them being a Signature Series signed by Jim Starlin and George Perez. Six unslabbed copies also with the highest being a VF/NM 9.0 copy.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 NM+ copy up for auction here.

  • First official New Teen Titans
  • Cyborg, Raven & Starfire joins
  • First appearance of Grant Wilson
  • First issue to titled series
Continuing the story from DC Comics presents #26, here we are with the New Teen Titans first issue and first official formation as the superhero group. Of course, this key issues sees the new members of Cyborg, Raven, and Starfire join the team. Returning members would be Robin, Changeling, Wonder Girl and Kid Flash.

The first appearance of Grant Wilson is also in the issue. Grant is the son of Deathstroke the Terminator, and he ultimately becomes the original Ravager in the next issue. This comic was published November, 1980.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies to choose from. Only one CGC copy so far and it's a 9.4 NM.

mycomicshop - A whopping CGC 9.8 copy here. Only CGC copy so far. Highest unslabbed copies are an 8.0 VF and a 7.5 low VF. The VF copy is up for auction at the time of this writing. Other raw copies in stock.

ComicConnect Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here at the moment. No unslabbed copies yet.

ComicLink - Six copies here, all CGC. Three beautiful 9.8 copies and two 9.6 NM+ copies. There's also a 9.0 VF/NM available as well.

  • First appearance of Deathstroke The Terminator
  • First appearance and death of Ravager
  • First appearance H.I.V.E
Pretty hot issue right now. Ever since Deathstroke The Terminator made his debut on the small screen in the Arrow television series, this comic saw a pretty big boost in demand.

As of now The New Teen Titans #2 is the first appearance of Deathstroke, also known as Slade Wilson, and has become a popular antagonist to the New Teen Titans and even has his own comic series. Deathstroke was created by George Perez and Marv Wolfman.

This issue also sees the first appearance of the villain Ravager, who is Grant Wilson. He is contracted by H.I.V.E to assassinate the Teen Titans but fails and also dies. Deathstroke would take up the contract and hold the Teen Titans personally responsible for his sons death. Although Grant Wilson dies in this issue, there would be four others to take up the mantle of Ravager after him. This key issue was published December, 1980.

High grade 9.8s are already passing the $500 mark, and 9.6s are hitting the $200 mark. Out of the New Teen Titans key issues, this is definitely one of the Copper Age books to snag.

eBay - Another hot key issue, there's plenty of unslabbed and slabbed copies on the mighty eBay for the first appearance of Deathstroke. 9.8s and 9.6s are present as of now. One 9.8 is up for auction.

mycomicshop - Buttload of copies here as this comic is pretty hot at the moment. Two CGC 9.8s on consignment and one of them is a Signature Series signed by George Perez. Quite a few unslabbed copies, and the highest raw is a 9.0 VF/NM.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.8 copy up for auction with 7 days left. Only one at the time of this writing.

ComicLink - Two CGC copies here. One is a beautiful 9.8 regular Universal copy and the other is Signature Series 9.8 signed by George Perez. It's also unrestored.

  • Origin of Starfire
  • First appearance of Fearsome Five
  • First Titans Island
After Donna Troy asks Starfire, Koriand'r, to be her roomie, Starfire tells of her origin and how she was sold into slavery in order to subdue a war between her people of Tamaran and the conquering forces of the Citadel.

Meanwhile, The Justice League of America's old nemesis Dr. Light puts together a team of villains. This group known as the Fearsome Five consisted of Dr. Light, Psimon, Mammoth, Gizmo and Shimmer. This issue marks the first appearance of the Fearsome Five, and they would become a recurring threat to the New Teen Titans. 

We also see the first appearance of Titans Island, where the Titans Tower resides and their base of operations for the group. This over-looked key issue was published  January, 1981.

eBay - No CGC for this issue at the moment, and only a few unslabbed copies as well.

mycomicshop - Only raw copies at the moment, and there's only two. Highest is a FN copy. No CGC goodness yet here.

ComicLink - Only one CGC copy here, and it's a Signature Series 8.5 VF+ double signed by George Perez and Marv Wolfman.

Two really hot comics in Part 4 regarding Teen Titans key issues. DC Comics Presents #26 and The New Teen Titans #2 from volume one are comics in demand.

Of course, if you missed Part 3, you can always click the PREVIOUS link below to go back. If not, click the PART 5 link below to continue with this Teen Titans key comics series.

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