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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Teen Titans Key Comics List Part 7

Welcome to yet again another part to this Teen Titans key comics list. This is Part 7 and most of the key issues within it will be sleepers, minor keys, or minor DC Comics first appearances. If you're a fan and just in it to read up on some great stories pertaining to the Teen Titans, there are absolutely some worth considering in Part 7.

Click this Part 6 link if you missed it, but if not and you're ready for Part 7, read on and enjoy!

Detailed origin of Raven

Not quite sure if The New Teen Titans #4 through #6 actually tells of how Raven's mother, Arella, was raped by Trigon or if it's actually in this issue. Anyway, this issue explains Raven's origin and her upbringing in Azarath in more detail. If you're a fan of Raven, this may be a worthwhile issue to pick up. It was published July, 1982.

eBay - Only two CGC 9.8 goodness on the mighty eBay so far at the moment. A few unslabbed copies as well.

mycomicshop - Only one copy in stock and it's a raw FN copy.

NewKadia - Six high grade copies reside here. Highest are a NM+ and NM. Three copies in the Very Fine range with the highest a VF+.

First Brother Blood & Mother Mayhem 
First appearance of Baron Winters
First appearance of Vanessa van Helsing
First appearance of Merlin the Leopard 

Quite a few DC Comics first appearances in this issue and they all connect to the Church of Blood, which is the group's first appearance in this comic.The most prominent member of this church was known as Brother Blood, the eighth to hold the title. 

The mythos goes: A priest in the nation of Zandia named Brother Sebastian killed another priest to possess what's believed to be the prayer shawl of Christ. This act occurred seven hundred years earlier. 

The shawl gave the priest the power of invulnerability and reduced his aging, but it also came with a price. The priest was cursed to be killed by his son before his hundredth birthday, and so would his son by his son. This cycle would continue down the bloodline forever. How this happens I don't know, since the shawl is suppose to grant them invulnerability?

Anyhow, the Brother Blood that appears in this issue plans to expand the Church of Blood to become a world power, thus meeting the Teen Titans, who aim to stop the group of course.  July, 1982 was when this very, very minor key issue was published.

eBay - Three CGC copies here, all 9.8 goodness. Two are Signature Series, but one is a regular Universal. One of the SS copies is still under the $100 mark.

mycomicshop - Six copies here with one and the highest being a CGC 9.8. It's a Signature Series signed by George Perez. 2nd highest copy is a 9.0 VF/NM and is unslabbed.

NewKadia - Seven copies in stock so far at NewKadia. Highest is a solid NM copy.

Detailed origin of the Changeling (Beast Boy)

The first origin of the Changeling as Beast Boy was featured in Doom Patrol #100 back in the Silver Age of comics. This origin sheds more details on Beast Boys youth, though the original story of how he becomes Beast boy stays in tact with it's original telling in Doom Patrol #100.

When he was a boy, Garfield Logan fell ill with the Sakutia virus. His father was a biologist and developed a serum that could cure him. Garfield was injected with the solution and the experiment was a success, but his skin and hair turned green. This was not the only side effect and Garfield gained the ability to metamorph into any animal of his choice. 

Much of his origins and time in Doom Patrol, as well as after Doom Patrol's demise. This comic was published August, 1982.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies for this key issue. One CGC 9.8 located as of yet.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbed copies only. Highest is a VF and no CGC goodness just yet.

NewKadia - Six copies here with the highest being a NM+.

Detailed origin of Starfire

This issue also sheds more light on the origin of Starfire that was first featured in The New Teen Titans #3. The story arc details in depth the rivalry Starfire had with her sister Komand'r. Komand'r was born ill and was unable to fly like other Tamarans. Because of this, Komand'r was believed to be unfit to rule by their father, thus sparking a deep hatred for her younger sibling. 

It's basically their story that tells of the events that lead Starfire to escape to Earth and join the Teen Titans. September, 1982 was when this comic was published.

eBay - Only one CGC 9.8 copy at the moment. A few unslabbed copies as well.

mycomicshop - Two unslabbers here. Highest is a VF and the lowest is a FN. Both copies are in stock.

NewKadia - Highest copy in stock at the moment is a NM. 2nd highest is a low NM. Three copies in the VF range with the highest VF being a VF+.

First appearance of Adrian Chase
First Blackfire
The first appearance of Adrian Chase, and to those who are not Teen Titans fans, Adrian Chase would later become the masked superhero the Vigilante. However, he does not appear in costume in this issue nor in his next several appearances in this title, but as a District Attorney of Manhattan, he often worked with the Teen Titans. 

The New Teen Titans #23 also sees the first appearance of Starfire's sister, Komand'r, and she goes by the name Blackfire. This was published September, 1982.

eBay - Two CGC 9.8s located so far. One is a Signature Series signed by George Perez. There's also a whopping 9.9 but it is a PGX slab.

mycomicshop - Only unslabbed copies here at the moment. A VF and FN copy is in stock. No CGC yet.

NewKadia - Six copies in stock for this key issue at NewKadia so far. Highest is a NM.

First appearance of Terra

Adrian Chase makes another appearance in this key issue, but it's the first appearance of Terra that makes this issue worth noting. As most Teen Titans fans know, Terra is a villain and mercenary often working for Deathstroke the Terminator. 

She would join the Teen Titans in a later issue only to infiltrate and spy on them so Deathstroke could later kipnap the Titans. Doesn't happen in this issue, but that's the back ground of her character. All this doesn't happen until later during the Judas Contract storyline. December, 1982 is the publishing date for this comic.

eBay - Limited selection for both slabbed and unslabbed copies for this issue. There are two CGC copies and both are high grade 9.8s. Both are also Signature Series also and signed by George Perez.

mycomicshop - Only two copies here once again. Both unslabbed and the highest is only a mere FN.

ComicLink - A whopping CGC 9.9 Signature Series located here.

NewKadia - Highest copy is a NM. There are four other raw copies in stock at the moment as well. 2nd highest is a low NM.

Quite a few sleepers and minor keys in Part 7 to this Teen Titans key comics list, but if you're looking for sleepers or speculating on them, these may be some to consider. CGC copies of these issues will definitely be a hunt. Not because they're rare or overly important, but because most who own them haven't bothered submitting them. Well, at least, yet.

If you missed Part 6 to this key issues series, just click the PREVIOUS link below to read up on that. Otherwise, click the Part 8 link below to continue with this Teen Titans key issues list.

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