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Series Index: Teen Titans Go!





Teen Titans Go! #1 [2003] to Teen Titans Go! #55 [2008]

Fighting for truth, justice and the last piece of pizza, the Teen Titans animated series debuted on Cartoon Network on Saturday, July 19, 2003. A new generation of superheroes came to life as Robin led Cyborg, Beast Boy, Starfire and Raven in this all-new, high-adventure series based on the popular DC Comic Book Series. Teen Titans was produced by Warner Bros. Animation under the guidance of Emmy Award-winner Glen Murakami. The series ran for 65 episodes from 2003-2006.

Capitalizing the show’s success, DC launched Teen Titans Go!, a new ongoing series written by J. Torres with art by Todd Nauck. Teen Titans Go! complemented the Cartoon Network series by keeping the same tone and stories as its source material. Limited to printed form, the comic book was unable to make use of the ‘super-deformed’ animation reactions and sight gags. Instead, the comic often had the chibi versions of the Titans populating the panel borders with commentary or the occasional knock-knock joke.

Unable to drastically change the status quo while the show remained on the air, Teen Titans Go! was able to creatively expand upon the Teen Titans animated universe. Teen Titans Go! #12 detailed an encounter with Mumbo that was only hinted at in the episode, “Aftershock (part one).” Other issues featured the Doom Patrol, Red X and many of the Titans characters introduced during the five seasons (including Speedy, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Kole, Gnarrk, Red Star, Hotspot, Pantha, Herald and more).

Perhaps the greatest coup of the comic book was the introduction of Wonder Girl in Teen Titans Go! #36. Due to licensing restrictions, Wonder Girl was not available for use in the Teen Titans animated series. Despite that, some clever storyboard artists managed to sneak in a “mysterious pony-tailed heroine”  in “Homecoming (part two)” and “Calling All Titans.” Having already designed Wonder Girl with the hope of using her, producer Glen Murakami shared this design with DC Comics and even provided the cover art for Teen Titans Go! #36. The issue itself featured Wonder Girl teaming up with Robin, Speedy, Aqualad and Kid Flash (the founding members from the original comic book) to rescue several Titans from Blackfire.

Fans of both the original comic book series and the animated series were given some unique treats in the latter issues. Wonder Girl returned with a host of other Titans in Teen Titans Go! #41. Psimon and Dr. Light form their own Fearsome Five team in Teen Titans Go!#43. The origins of Beast Boy and Cyborg were revealed in Teen Titans Go! #45 (origins were not directly addressed on the animated series).

The popular comic book series outlasted its televised inspiration by several years, which was a testament to both the creative team and its expressive cast of characters. The series was eventually canceled with Teen Titans Go! #55 in 2008.


Series Index:
Teen Titans Go! #1-55

Key Issues and Storylines:
Teen Titans Go! #8: Mad Mod comes to Jump City and calls out the fashion police! Written by Adam Beechen
Teen Titans Go! #12: The Titans (with Terra) face Mumbo! This issue takes place between episodes “Titan Rising” and “Betrayal”
Teen Titans Go! #23: The Return of Red X.
Teen Titans Go! #28: The Doom Patrol returns.
Teen Titans Go! #32: Pantha, Kole, Gnarrk and Herald finds themselves caught in “The Arena”
Teen Titans Go! #34: A race between Kid Flash and Mas Y Menos.
Teen Titans Go! #36: Wonder Girl helps Robin, Speedy, Aqualad and Kid Flash when a bunch of Titans are caught by Blackfire.
Teen Titans Go! #41: Wonder Girl returns with a host of other Titans .
Teen Titans Go! #43: Psimon and Dr. Light team up and assemble a deadly team of super-villains: The Fearsome Five!
Teen Titans Go! #45: Secret Origins of Cyborg and Beast Boy.
Teen Titans Go! #46: Meet Starfire’s brother: Wildfire!

Notable Creative Runs:
J. Torres, Writer: Teen Titans Go! #1-55
Todd Nauck, Artist: Teen Titans Go! #1-55


 


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