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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Teen Titans Key Comics List Part 1

Fulfilling another request by Brian, this time it's the Teen Titans and this will cover the Silver Age through Copper Age key comics concerning this DC Comics superhero group.  This Teen Titans key comics won't be short and sweet. It will have some parts to it.

You may see some comics on here from other key issues list, or some floating around on High Grade Alerts and Key Issue Alerts, but there will be some that hasn't been mentioned on here as well. Alright, let's get to it.

First appearance of Teen Titans
Origin of Teen Titans

This sucker was featured on The Brave and the Bold key issues list not published too long ago, and according to Overstreet Price Guide it's still considered the first appearance of the Teen Titans. While other sources say this is the first unofficial first appearance of the Teen Titans because they are not officially titled as such, the industry disagrees for now.

The origin of this group is also featured in the this issue, and only features Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad. No Donna Troy as Wonder Girl just yet.

CGC also marks this issue as the origin and first appearance of the Teen Titans as well. The most important out of all the Teen Titans key issues out there, and the most valuable. The Teen Titans were originally created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani and were to be a Junior Justice League of America of sorts. The first appearance of the Teen Titans was published July, 1964 during the Silver Age of comics.

eBay - Very limited selection for this super key issue on the mighty eBay for the moment. Only about a handful of raw copies, but there are a few CGC copies. 9.4 NM is the highest graded copy followed by a 7.5 low VF. Lowest are two 5.0 VG/FN copies, both CGC.

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.4 NM is on consignment here. Slab has a minor crack on the edge. There are three other unslabbed copies that are in the low grade range. Highest is a GD+.

2nd appearance of Teen Titans
First official appearance of Teen Titans
First appearance of Wonder Girl

According to DC cannon, this is the first canonical appearance of the Teen Titans as a group with Robin, Kid Flash (Wally West), Aqualad and Wonder Girl. According to the back issue market industry, it's still the 2nd appearance of the Teen Titans and is noted as such.

However, it is still agreed that Brave and the Bold #60 is the first appearance of Wonder Girl, also known as Donna Troy, who has become a popular character with fans.  Donna Troy's version of Wonder Girl was also created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani.
An extremely important and sought out Silver Age key issue within the DCU, it's no lightweight for sure. It's the 2nd most important Teen Titans key issue so far and was published July, 1965.

eBay - Wow, only three unslabbed copies of this key issue at the time of this writing. All seem to be lower grade, and one is  in a comic lot. Last CGC copy that was sold was a 9.2 low NM back in May.

mycomicshop - Only two super low grade raw copies available. Highest is a low GD and is on consignment. Better options elsewhere at the moment.

3rd appearance of the Teen Titans
2nd appearance of Wonder Girl

The young superhero group makes their way to the pages of Showcase, the legendary title that saw the first appearances of the Silver Age Flash and Green Lantern.

Showcase #59 marks the Teen Titans 3rd full appearance in comic books, as well as the 2nd appearance of Donna Troy as Wonder Girl. This issue isn't yet noted as Wonder Girl's 2nd appearance on Overstreet nor CGC, but it is. December, 1965 is when this issue was published.

eBay - No problem finding unslabbed copies of this one on the world's largest comic market place. A few CGC options also including a CGC 9.4 NM copy and an 8.0 VF. Actually, there are three 9.4s!

mycomicshop - One CGC 9.4 here and is the Boston Pedigree. Two raw 4.0 VG copies also available. One is in stock with a 1/4 spine split.

4rth appearance of the Teen Titans
First issue to self-titled series
Did not take long for this super group to get their own title after just 3 appearances. Not surprising since this is one of the more popular superhero groups in the DCU, in which a lot of it had to do with the popular cartoon series that debuted in 2003.

This is the first issue to the Teen Titans first series and is marked as the 4rth appearance of the group as well. This issue was published February, 1966.

eBay - Selection is pretty limited for both CGC and unslabbed copies at the moment. Only one CGC copy so far at a 6.5 FN+.

mycomicshop - Two copies available. One is a CGC copy graded a low NM 9.2, and the other is a raw low grade low GD copy.

ComicConnect - One CGC 9.6 NM+ located here at the moment.

ComicLink - Holy moly, ComicLink brings the high grade CGC goodness. One whopping CGC 9.8 copy that happens to be a Rocky Mountain Pedigree and going for mucho bucks. Only one CGC copy but it's a whopper. There's also a raw 7.5 low VF copy.

2nd issue to self titled series
First appearance of the Titans Lair
Ah, and what super group doesn't need a headquarters, especially for the Junior Justice League. The first headquarters for the group was known as the Titans Lair. However, later incarnations would have the Titans headquarters at Titans Tower building built by Cyborg's father Silas Stone

Other than that, this is the 2nd issue to the first series, a semi-sought out Silver Age key, and was published April, 1966.

eBay - Quite a few unslabbed copies here. Less than a handful of CGC copies as well. Two 9.6 NM+s with one being a Pacific Coast pedigree. Two 8.5 VF+s as well.

mycomicshop - Only one CGC 9.6 NM+ copy here.

ComicLink - Only two CGC copies. One is an 8.5 VF+ and the other a 7.0 FN/VF. No unslabbers present yet.

First appearance of Titans helicopter
3rd issue to self-titled series

    Although this is a pretty minor key issue seeing the first appearance of the Titans helicopter, it is the 3rd issue to the first series. I usually don't put in #3 issues unless it has a first appearance of something or someone, so this barely makes it on this list.

    Not to say that's not a valuable issue. It sure is especially in NM and higher grades. June, 1966 was when this issue was published.

    eBay - Selection of unslabbed copies is decent enough. Four CGC copies available, all high grade. Two 9.6s, a 9.4 NM, and 9.2 low NM at the moment of this writing.

    mycomicshop - Two CGC copies for sale here. Highest is a 9.4 NM and the lowest CGC copy is 9.2 low NM. There is an unslabbed copy in stock and it's a GD+.

    ComicConnect - One CGC 9.0 VF/NM copy available here at the moment of this writing. Four raw copies of this issue here with the highest also being a 9.0 VF/NM.

    Some pretty high caliber Silver Age key issues presented so far in Part 1 of this Teen Titans key comics list, but there are plenty more key issues to go through. Part 2 is ready so click the READ PART 2 link below for more Teen Titans key issues to consider snagging. 

    We got quite a few more parts to this series to go, as the Teen Titans do go through various incarnations throughout the years. Click the blue link below to continue on!

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