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Friday, August 22, 2014

Teen Titans Key Comics List Part 5

It's origin time, and the next issues in this Teen Titans key comics list will feature quite a few origin issues for it's members, especially the newer ones like Raven and Cyborg. We're in the late Bronze Age of comics and soon heading into the Copper Age.

Did I forget to tell you that there were going to quite a few parts to this key issues series? Expect a few more as dig further into this beast. Click this Part 4 link if you missed, but if you didn't, enjoy more key comic goodness presented in this part.

First appearance of Arella
Raven's origins begin

In this issue, it's revealed that Raven went to the Justice League of America to ask them for help in stopping the coming of a powerful demon named Trigon before turning to the Teen Titans. Zatanna advised the JLA to refuse her plea, because she could sense a demonic presence within Raven.

This issue sees the first appearance of Arella, Raven's mother, who resides in the Azarath dimension where Raven was raised. She asks for help to stop the coming of Trigon, but they also refuse to help her.

The New Teen Titans #4 and the issues to follow shed light on Raven's origins.

eBay - Pretty limited selection for both unslabbed copies and slabbed copies at the moment. May change by the time you read this or not. There is a CGC 9.4 NM copy, but only one so far.

mycomicshop - Only two unslabbed copies and both are low grade at the moment.

ComicLink - Only CGC copy but it is a beautiful super high grade 9.8!

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 NM+ and an unslabbed 9.4 NM available at ComicConnect for now.

First appearance of Trigon
Raven's origins continued
Not knowing that the three sorcerers are trying to stop the coming of Trigon and even though warned by Raven, the Justice League of America continue to battle them until Trigon appears. This issue marks the first actual appearance of Trigon. In previous issues, the character had cameos but was only a pair of red glowing eyes and a disembodied voice. 

It is also revealed in this issue that Trigon is in fact Raven's father. Raven's origins still continues in issue #6. Pretty much a sleeper issue.

eBay - A stunning CGC 9.8 high grade copy located here, but only one CGC as of yet. Limited selection for raw copies as well for this issue currently.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies and the highest is a FN. Other copy is a low FN. No CGC yet.

ComicConnect - Beautiful CGC 9.8 of this key issue located here. Only one CGC copy at the moment though. Only one unslabbed copy as well. It's a 9.0 VF/NM.

Origin of Arella
2nd appearance of Trigon
Raven's origins end

    In this issue we see the 2nd appearance of Trigon as well as the origin of Raven's mom, Arella, which she tells to the Teen Titans. Arella is a human whom was seduced by Trigon in human form. They married, but once she found out Trigon's true nature, Trigon raped and impregnated her.

    After, Trigon left her and she was taken to a temple in Azarath, a dimension located between all dimensions, and gave birth to Raven. In Azarath, Raven raised and taught to control her emotions by Azar, the high priestess of Azarath. 

    Arella decides to bring the Teen Titans to Trigon's world and help her daughter Raven, who agreed to serve by her father's side in order to stop him from advancing upon the world and disappeared with Trigon back in his world in the previous issue. The Teen Titans fight Trigon and Kid Flash opens a portal into a nether-verse. Cyborg punches Trigon into the portal, and Arella jumps into it to forever guard the gate against Trigon. This key issue comic was published April, 1981.

    eBay - Surprised that there are any CGC copies for this sleeper on eBay, but there's one. It's only a 9.0 VF/NM copy though. Some unslabbed copies for sale as well.

    mycomicshop - Only one FN unslabbed copy in stock at the moment. No CGC goodness at mycomicshop yet for these issues.

    Origin of Cyborg
    Silas Stone revealed as builder of Titans Tower
    The origins continue and this time it's the first origin of Cyborg, also known as Victor Stone. In this issue, we learn that Silas Stone was doing experiments on his son Vic at S.T.A.R. labs and an accident during one resulted in the loss of his son limbs and the need for Silas to build his cybernetic prosthetics. Also, Victor's mother died in the accident also.

    Cyborg wants nothing to do with his old man, but Silas reveals that he built Titans Tower for him so he would have a place among the Teen Titans and not feel like such an outsider. It wasn't until Silas reveals that he is dying of cancer when Victor changes his mind. Cyborg remains at Silas's side when he passes away. This was published May, 1981

    eBay - Just can't find any CGC copies for this issue. eBay doesn't have any either, but there are some unslabbers if you prefer them. Selection for this comic is limited at the moment.

    mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here at the moment. Two copies and the highest is a VF.

    Origin of Kid Flash retold
    First Terry Long
    While Wally West retreats back to his parents place in Nebraska, he contemplates whether he can handle his superhero activities while going to college. He remembers how he became Kid Flash in this story, and it's basically a retelling of how Wally was doused by chemicals when a bolt of lightening shot through the window of Barry Allen's laboratory and broke the bottles containing them. 

    This origin is the same way Barry Allen got his powers as the Flash. Terry Long or Terrance Long was the history professor who ended up marrying Donna Troy. A pretty minor key issue and was published June, 1981.

    eBay - Wow, some CGC options for this key issue. Currently five 9.8 copies with one of them being a Signature Series. Quite a few unslabbers as well.

    mycomicshop - A FN copy is in stock. No CGC!

    ComicLink - A whopping CGC 9.9 copy located here. Only copy here at the moment of this writing.

    Deathstroke cameo

    Nope, not a 2nd appearance. This is the a cameo appearance of Deathstroke the Terminator, but for those of you who are fans of Deathstroke and looking for early appearances of the character, this is the one that precedes the 2nd full appearance of Deathstroke.

    Not much else other than that in terms of key issue status regarding this issue, but just may be enough. This is still a sleeper and still under the hundred dollar mark for 9.8s. July, 1981 was when this Bronze Age key issue was published.

    eBay - Only one CGC copy, but it is a 9.8 high grade one with a Best Offer. You can probably get it quite cheaper. As usual, there are unslabbed, raw copies to sift through as well.

    mycomicshop - No CGC goodness here at all at the moment. Only unslabbed copies and the highest only a VF, followed by a FN.

    Mostly sleepers in this Part 5, but they are still Bronze Age comics. You can still CGC them as Modern Comics at most third party grading services. If you missed the PREVIOUS part to this Teen Titans key comics list, just click the link below to go back.

    Part 6 is ready with more Teen Titans key issues, so click the PART 6 blue link below to continue.


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