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Series Index: Teen Titans v2





Teen Titans #1 [1996] to 24 [1998]

Less than a year after the cancellation of the New Titans with #130 [1996], DC Comics decided to re-launch the Teen Titans concept. Dan Jurgens spear-headed the new concept and characters, with George Pérez providing inks. Jurgens’ Titans team was a group of teenagers united by a common origin: the sinister H’San Natall alien race produced alien/human half-breeds. The Teen Titans group included H’San Natall seedlings Argent, Risk, Joto and Prysm. The team was led by Atom, who had been de-aged to a teenager during the Zero Hour event.

Writer/Artist Dan Jurgens set out to create a diverse cast: “I tend to approach a group title differently from a solo character. What I think of first are the personalities and their family and social backgrounds. I knew I wanted an interesting blend of personalities. I start by pulling various elements together, adding characterizations, then powers and talents. First, I create an individual personality, then fit that into the concept of a team comic book for an interesting mix. There are a thousand comics out there right now that have young people with powers. You can pick them up by the dozen each week. I want us to be a little different by having more character-oriented stories; I want to create characters here that the readers are really going to become interested in.”

Although an all-new concept with all-new characters, Jurgens still provided ties to past Titans teams. The Teen Titans were funded by Loren Jupiter, who had funded the original Teen Titans for a time; allies included Omen (who was revealed to be former Titan, Lilith) and Neil Richards (former Teen Titans villain, the Mad Mod); a storyline in Teen Titans #12-15 featured a reunion of the original team. This also marked the last issue with George Pérez on inks.

The team seemingly broke up following events of Teen Titans #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots provided a spotlight for individual members. These double shots (February 1998) featured: Argent/Robin, Supergirl/Prysm, Atom/Impulse and Risk/Superboy. Teen Titans #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team. Former Titan Arsenal also joined the supporting cast.

These changes failed to invigorate the title. It seemed readers didn’t accept these new characters as “Titans” and the book, while not a failure, failed to reinvent the franchise. The title was canceled with Teen Titans #24.


Series Index:
Teen Titans #1-24
Teen Titans Annual #1
Titans Beat Promotional Flyer

Crossover Index:
Superman #116
Robin & Argent Double Shot
Superboy & Risk Double Shot
Supergirl & Prysm Double Shot
Impulse & Atom Double Shot
New Year’s Evil: Dark Nemesis #1

Key Issues and Storylines:
Teen Titans #1-3: Three teenagers are kidnapped by the alien H’San Natall and joined by a fourth, as well as by the Atom. Dubbed Argent, Joto, Prysm, and Risk, these teens are taken in by Loren Jupiter and the mysterious Omen and become the new Teen Titans.
Teen Titans #12-15: “Then and Now” – Nightwing, Arsenal, Tempest and Flash help the new kids battle Haze; Omen revealed as Lilith.
Teen Titans #17: Now reunited, the team holds an open tryout for new members; Captain Marvel Jr. & Fringe join.
Teen Titans #21-24: After a confrontation with Deathstroke, the teens are taken to Titan, the moon of Saturn, where they confront their H’San Natall creators and Prysm’s mother. Joto is resurrected, and Prysm and Fringe decide to remain on Titan.

Notable Creative Runs:
Dan Jurgens, Writer: Teen Titans #1-24
Dan Jurgens, Artist: Teen Titans #1-24
George Pérez, Inker: Teen Titans #1-15


Series Index: Teen Titans v2


Titans Beat [1996]
cover date: October 1996

Credits:
Writer: Dan Jurgens, various
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Description: This 8 page promotional preview of the series which was a simulation of “Tiger Beat” magazine, complete with mock interviews, profile pieces and pin-ups. It was given away free at comic shops and conventions.

Synopsis:
– A faux ad for Mad Mod clothing featuring Argent in a bikini
– A faux ad for “soder” featuring Joto
– A “true-life” text piece featuring Prysm
– An advice column with Argent called “Ask Argent”
– Profile piece on “dreamboat” Risk
– Profile piece Q&A with Joto
– Profile piece on Atom
– Centerfold pin-up with original art by Dan Jurgens and George Pérez
– “Trading Cards” to cut-out with member profiles

Notes:
>> First printed appearance of Toni Monetti [Argent]
>> First printed appearance of Cody Driscoll [Risk]
>> First printed appearance of Isaiah Crockett [Joto]
>> First printed appearance of Prysm


Superman #116 [1996]
cover date: September 1996

Credits:
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Description: Contains an 8-page preview of the Teen Titans series; No new material, the preview contains a pastiche of issues #1-3 as a sampling. There are also preview images of upcoming covers.

Notes:
>> This free insert issue serves as a preview to Teen Titans #1


Teen Titans #1 [1996]
cover date: October 1996

Credits:
“Titans Children”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: This new ongoing series takes off at full speed with “Titan’s Children,” Part 1 of 3: A sinister alien experiment reaches its climax as five human teenagers all go “meta” at once — living weapons in a fiendish plot to conquer Earth. Only the rejuvenated Atom can break the aliens’ hold on Prism, Risk, Argent, and Joto, forging them into a cohesive fighting machine to battle the extraterrestrial threat. Writer/penciller Dan Jurgens, (SUPERMAN, DC VERSUS MARVEL) and inker George Pérez, (NEW TITANS, WONDER WOMAN) combine fast-paced stories with intense characterization and boldly rendered art for the high energy adventures of a new generation of metahumans– worthy heirs to a proud DC tradition — The Teen Titans. FC, 32 pg. Miraweb Format ; $1.95

Synopsis: The Psions, under H’San Natall orders, keep Prysm in an imaginary world based on earth’s TV shows. On earth, various teens are mysteriously transported away shortly after their 16th birthdays: Cody “Risky” Driscoll while he inavdes NORAD facility on a dare; Toni Monetti as she throws a pool party at her mansion home; And Isaiah Crockett on his first day at Ivy University [along with an unwitting stowaway: The Atom]. Meanwhile, Loren Jupiter and the mysterious cloaked figure known as Omen sense the H’San Natall invasion seems imminent.

The teens have been transported to the Psion spaceship outside of Saturn’s moon, Titan. They are placed in Prysm’s imaginary world until Atom intervenes and breaks the Psion’s mental hold on the teens. As they awaken, each of their powers begin to manifest – resulting in Isaiah melting the spaceship’s hull – threatening to hurl them into deep space!

Notes:
>> First appearance of Toni Monetti [Argent]
>> First appearance of Cody Driscoll [Risk]
>> First appearance of Isaiah Crockett [Joto]
>> First appearance of Prysm
>> First appearance [mention] of H’San Natall.
>> First Omen.
>> First modern appearance of Mr. Jupiter [last seen in Wonder Woman #265-266 in 1980]
>> This issue was preceded by Superman #116 [1996]: Contains an 8-page preview of the Teen Titans series; No new material, the preview contains a pastiche of issues #1-3 as a sampling.
>> This issue was preceded by “Titans Beat” – a 8 page promotional preview of the series which was a simulation of “Tiger Beat” magazine


Teen Titans #2
cover date: Novemer 1996

Credits:
“Titans Children”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation:
The saga of the all-new team of heroes from Dan Jurgens and George Pérez continues in “Titan’s Children,” Part 2 of 3: At the mercy of the aliens on Saturn’s Moon, the Titans are forced to shatter the virtual fantasy world of a trapped young girl. What they unleash is Prysm, a being composed of pure energy who’s just discovered that her past 16 years of life have all been a lie, and who’s ready to annihilate those she holds responsible — the Titans!

Synopsis: The Psion scientists rescue the Atom, Isaiah Crockett, Toni Monetti and Cody Driscoll from deep space and place them back in stasis. The Atom escapes and is able to free the others from being mentally trapped in Prysm’s imaginary world. The process also awakens Prysm, who learns her idyllic life was a lie. Shattered at this news, Prysm incinerates one of the Psion scientists responsible. The teens then force a Psion known as Dorek to pilot a shuttle back to earth. Unfortunately, the bounty hunter known as Jugular is on their trail.

Meanwhile, on earth, Loren Jupiter and Omen are able to trace the Titans location on Saturn’s Moon, Titan, just as Neil Richards [formerly the Mad Mod] arrives.

Notes:
>> First Modern Appearance of Mad Mod [last seen in Teen Titans #17 in 1968]
>> First Appearance of Jugular [last page only]


Teen Titans #3
cover date: Decemer 1996

Credits:
“Titans Children”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: The saga of the all-new team of heroes from Dan Jurgens and George Pérez continues in “Titans Children,” part 3 of 3. They may have escaped from their alien abductors and made it back to Earth, but they’re not home free. Another agent of the H’San Natall, Jugular, is hot on their trail with the distasteful order to bring them back alive. During the course of the battle, the Titans get some very distressing information on the origin of their powers and their parents. This issue features a cameo of Nightwing and sets up the two-part story beginning next issue!

Notes:
>> to come


Teen Titans #4
cover date: January 1997

Credits:
“Coming Out” Part 1 of 2
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: The saga of the all-new team of heroes from Dan Jurgens and George Pérez continues in “Coming Out,” part 1 of 2. It’s guest stars galore, when Nightwing enlists Robin to investigate the new team. Meanwhile, Supergirl and a strange creature are kidnapped by a mysterious organization; and Risk, Joto, Prysm, Argent, and the Atom blow up their headquarters during a training exercise, leaving Captain Marvel Jr. the task of saving Risk!

Notes:
>> First Appearance of Fringe


Teen Titans #5
cover date: February 1997

Credits:
“Coming Out” Part 2 of 2
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Conclusion to the 2-part “Coming Out”, guest-starring Nightwing, Supergirl, Robin, and Captain Marvel, Jr.: Just getting used to their origins, powers and expense accounts, the Teen Titans are hardly ready to break into a well-armed fortress, but that’s what they have to do to rescue Supergirl and the bizarre creature that will become known as Fringe. It’s also up to Nightwing along with Robin and Captain Marvel, Jr. to make sure they all make it out alive. And Titans fans won’t wanna miss out on the last page that illustrates all the various Titans teams that have existed.

Notes:
>> to come


Teen Titans #6
cover date: March 1997

Credits:
“Movin’ Daze”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: It’s a day in the lives of the Teen Titans as told from Risk’s unique perspective as he writes a letter home trying to decide if he should tell his mother about his alien origins. Read along as the reluctant teenage-Atom gets a visit from his (now older) ex-wife; Joto botches an attempt at trying to impress Argent, and poor Prysm tries to make herself look human. Also, the Teens move into their new video-store HQ and then disobey Mr. Jupiter’s orders and investigate the Veil’s installation resulting in an explosive conclusion that will have major repercussions in the months to come.

Notes:
>> to come


Teen Titans #7
cover date: April 1997

Credits:
“Dark Nemesis” Part 1 of 2
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Lee Loughridge, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Having had enough of Mr. Jupiter and his rules for the Teen Titans, the Atom quits — Leaving the rest of the team to consider if they should stick together. Meanwhile, Pylon has hired a deadly group called the Dark Nemesis to exterminate the Titans — and by issue’s end they’re very close to completing their mission! All this and a guest appearance by the lovable Bibbo (?!) from the pages of Superman! What more could you want??

Notes:
>> First Appearance of Dark Nemesis: Vault, Carom, Axis, Scorcher, and Blizard


Teen Titans #8
cover date: May 1997

Credits:
“Dark Nemesis” Part 2 of 2
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Jason Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Having been trashed on their first fight, the Teen Titans now, joined by the Atom, burst out of their traps ready for a rematch with the new, deadly team, the Dark Nemesis. But beating the bad guys is only one of their problems. Prysm’s prison isolated her from all light sources and now powerless she is dying. And behind it all is the Veil’s leader, Pylon, who gathers more and more of information on the Titans’ alien abilities.

Notes:
>> First Appearance of Dark Nemesis: Vault, Carom, Axis, Scorcher, and Blizard

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #121: While driving along the New England Coast, Terry, Robert and Jennifer Long try to drive through a raging storm. Unable to see, their car plunges off a cliff, killing all three of them. Death of Terry, Robert and Jennifer Long.


Teen Titans #9
cover date: June 1997

Credits:
“The Lost World of Skartaris” 1 of 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Looking for a presumed dead Prysm, the Teen Titans enter “The Lost World of Skartaris” for a three part sword and sorcery saga. Prysm almost becomes a meal for a T-Rex, if not for the intervention of Travis Morgan, the Warlord, and his “pet” cat Shakira, who’s more than what she seems. The other Titans clash with an armored battalion, lead by Tara, the Warlord’s wife. Tearing through the land of eternal sun is a snake creature, whose master is drawn towards Prysm’s power. And sentiment towards the Titans is going sour in the U.S. Government, thanks to newspaper reports of their alien connection.

Notes:
>> to come


Teen Titans #10
cover date: July 1997

Credits:
“The Lost World of Skartaris” 2 of 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Part 2 of the 3-part “Lost World of Skartaris.” Still in the realm of the Warlord, the Titans search for their teammate, Prysm, who they think is dead. But there are things worse than death. A villain named Motalla has given Prysm what she’s always wanted — the chance to become human. However, in order to do this, he’s taken away her powers and his plans could result in the end of Skartaris… and the Titans.

Notes:
>> to come

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #123: Artemis returns.. but has she reentered Wonder Woman’s life at this crucial moment in Diana’s struggle for survival as a friend or a foe? Meanwhile, Donna Troy arrives in Gateway City.


Teen Titans #11
cover date: August 1997

Credits:
“The Lost World of Skartaris” 3 of 3
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Warlord guest-stars in the conclusion of “Lost World of Skartaris.” In the land of dinosaurs, the wicked sorcerous Motalla now has Prysm’s power, and she’s using them in ways Prysm never though of. Prysm, on the other hand, finally has her humanity and she couldn’t be happier because now she can tell Risk how much she loves him. The trouble is, if Prysm doesn’t take back her powers, Motalla will destroy everything in her path — including the Titans.

Notes:
>> First Mention of Haze [Jarrod Jupiter]
>> Teen Titans Annual #1 takes place immediately after the events of this issue

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #124: Magala laments her ancient spell over a picture of Diana & Donna; Donna locates Wonder Woman to find her dead at the hands of Neron.


Teen Titans Annual #1
cover date: August 1997

Credits:
“The Lost Junction Massacre”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: John Cassidy
Inker: Mark Pennington
Colorist: Jason Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer:Chris Eliopoulus
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Brereton

Solicitation:

“Pulp Heroes,” the DCU Annuals event continues with a tribute to the macabre pulps of the 1930s. On their way back from Skartaris, the team’s T-Jet lands outside the spooky town of Lost Junction, where the lifestyle has remained mysteriously unchanged since the 1800s. No videos, no rap, no nothing, except for… the cannibals! It seems the town was settled by folks who had to survive a terrible winter, and some of them became flesh eaters. One of the people that was served was an ancestor of Risk’s. Now the kids find themselves powerless against the arcane rituals of this town. And they only have a ghost of a chance of survival.

Notes:
>> This annual is part of the summer theme, “Pulp Heroes”
>> This story takes place between Teen Titans #11 and #12
>> The test page has a 1 page preview of the covers of issues #12-#15

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #125: Diana lies at death’s door while all around her, events continue to unfold that will have an important impact on everyone in her life! Guest-starring JLA and Donna Troy. Many heroes mourn Diana; Donna has a tense moment upon seeing Kyle Rayner.


Teen Titans #12
cover date: September 1997

Credits:
“Then & Now”, Part 1 of 4 “Deadly Reunion”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens, Gil Kane
Inker: George Pérez, Dick Giordano
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: An extra-sized issue reuniting the original Titans! In Part 1 of a 4-part story, Titans fans get what they’ve been clamoring for – a reunion of original Titans Nightwing, Flash, Tempest and Arsenal – in a story that finally reveals Omen’s secret. Nightwing gathers his old teammates to help find their former mentor, Mr. Jupiter, and the missing Omen, which leads to a confrontation with Haze, a never-before-seen villain from their past. It’s an encounter that leaves one of the heroes changed forever. Meanwhile, the current Titans are missing in action! Gil Kane pencils an all-new flashback sequence featuring the original Titans’ first encounter with Haze, in which the villain makes the young team battle twisted versions of Batman, Flash, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Wonder Woman!

Notes:
>> First Appearance of Haze [Jarrod Jupiter], Loren Jupiter’s son
>> This is a double-sized, 48 page issue
>> The letter’s page contains a profile on Nightwing
>> The flashback appearance of Wonder Woman is a continuity error; Wonder Woman came into man’s world after the Crisis on Infinite Earths

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #126: Diana is dead, but on high Olympus, Zeus has decided that he can not allow this soul to perish, so he grants her the greatest gift of all – transfiguration from mortal to the goddess of truth! Meanwhile, on Earth, the legend of Wonder Woman will live on when Hippolyta, changed by the events of GENESIS, takes up her daughter’s mantle. Donna and Hippolyta go through a ‘fever dream’ where Donna sees hints to her true nature.


Teen Titans #13
cover date: October 1997

Credits:
“Then & Now”, Part 2 of 4 “Clash”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Genesis ties into Part 2 of a 4-part story reuniting the original Titans! Flash narrates the tale everyone’s been waiting for. As part of the villainous Haze’s mind tricks, Nightwing, Flash, Tempest, and Arsenal think they’re battling Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and Speedy, but, in reality, they’re facing the new Titans, who are having their worst fears manipulated by Haze. Meanwhile, the Atom, whose powers have radically changed thanks to Genesis, comes across the beaten form of Omen in Haze’s Colony and gets a shocking surprise!

Notes:
>> This issue is a cross-over to the “Genesis” limited series
>> The Genesis wave allows Atom to grow as well as shrink starting this issue
>> The letter’s page contains a profile on Flash

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #127: While Diana learns to adjust to her new life as a goddess on Olympus, Queen Hippolyta assumes the role of Wonder Woman on Earth and, with the help of Donna Troy and Artemis, tries to maintain order.


Teen Titans #14
cover date: November 1997

Credits:
“Then & Now”, Part 3 of 4 “Who is Omen?”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: Part 3 of a 4-part story reuniting the original Titans! Tempest narrates the tale of the two sets of Titans — Nightwing, Arsenal, Flash, and himself and Risk, Argent, Atom, Prysm, and Joto — teaming against the mind-bending realities of Haze. At the core of villain’s fortress lies a tortured Omen, whose secrets are revealed as one of the Titans faces a very final challenge.

Notes:
>> The letter’s page contains a profile on Tempest

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #128 [1997]: The carnival’s in town.., and it brings to Hippolyta, Artemis, and Donna Troy something far more sinister than amusements in the form of Egg Fu! And on Olympus, Diana adjusts to her new existence as a goddess, while back on Earth, Donna Troy must deal with her ever more confusing life in the aftermath of GENESIS.. and Diana’s replacement as Wonder Woman makes her debut… her mother.


Teen Titans #15
cover date: December 1997

Credits:
“Then & Now”, Part 4 of 4 “Victory?”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: George Pérez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: It’s the fatal conclusion to “Titans: Then and Now,” guest-starring Nightwing, Tempest, Flash, and Arsenal. Omen’s origin is revealed, as is her connection to Mr. Jupiter and the wicked Haze. The villain uses Omen’s power to make his illusions real. Tapping into the original Titans’ minds, he unleashes a plethora of their past foes — from Brother Blood to Deathstroke to Trigon — in an explosive showdown that ends the life one of the new Titans.

Notes:
>> Omen is revealed as Lilith this issue
>> Lilith is revealed as Mr. Jupiter’s daughter this issue
>> Joto is seemingly killed this issue, but resurfaces alive in Teen Titans #23-24
>> Arsenal adopts a “Red Arrow” costume this issue
>> The letter’s page contains a profile on Arsenal

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #129: Hippolyta makes her debut as the replacement Wonder Woman as the turn-of-the-century supercomputer, Egg Fu, is revealed to be more than a mere carnival attraction! It’s a product of New Genesis technology, with a deadly purpose that threatens the lives of Artemis and Donna Troy!


Teen Titans #16
cover date: January 1998

Credits:
“Then & Now: Epilogue”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Josef Rubinstein
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: Richard Starkings and ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza

Solicitation: The Titans bury one of their own in the aftermath of “Titans: Then and Now!” As one of the new Titans is laid to rest, the kids are unresolved if they should continue. Mr. Jupiter answers that question when he dissolves the team, but there are greater threats emerging that may put all their lives in great peril. Is this really the end of the Teen Titans?

Notes:
>> Mr. Jupiter disbands the team this issue
>> This issue leads into a series of “Double Shot” Specials: Robin & Argent Double-Shot, Superboy & Risk Double-Shot, Impulse & Atom Double-Shot, Supergirl & Prysm Double-Shot

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #130: Part 1 of 4: Queen Hippolyta has taken up the mantle of Wonder Woman…and Jay Garrick, the Golden Age Flash, realizes that he has seen her in that capacity in the past. In the 1940s, to be precise, where he suddenly remembers her fighting alongside the Justice Society of America. So together, Flash and Wonder Woman travel back in time to discover the cause of this paradox… and encounter the JSA.


Robin/Argent Double Shot #1
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Bright Lights, Gotham City”
Writer: Dan Jurgens, Chuck Dixon
Penciller: Greg Land
Inker: Jose Marzan, Jr.
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: John Workman
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Greg Land

Solicitation: The weekly excitement following the break-up of the TEEN TITANS begins here! The Titans’ Argent heads to Gotham seeking guidance from Robin, but all she finds is trouble for them both at the hands of drug smugglers. And the only person who can help them is… Spoiler?!? The saga of the split-up Titans continues in SUPERBOY/RISK DOUBLE-SHOT #1.

Notes:
>> This issue takes place between Teen Titans #16 and #17
>> The cover is an homage to a Batman & Robin cover by Carmine Infantino
>> In lieu of a letter’s page, there is a mock internet chat room featuring familiar DC teen characters
>> Argent adopts a new costume this issue


Superboy/Risk Double Shot #1
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Bad Times at Montridge High”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Joe Phillips
Inker: Jason Rodriguez
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: Richard Starkings, ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Joe Phillips

Solicitation: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS continue! As a favor to his old principal, Mack Harlin, the Kid goes undercover in a Denver high school to track down someone who broke into NORAD. But being a mild-mannered student may be more than Superboy can handle, especially when his target turns out to be the Titans’ Risk.

Notes:
>> This issue takes place between Teen Titans #16 and #17
>> The cover is an homage to Action Comics #1
>> In lieu of a letter’s page, there are mock report cards of “Carl Krummet” and Cody Driscoll
>> Risk adopts a new costume following the events of this issue


Supergirl/Prysm Double Shot #1
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Coming Home”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Tom Grindberg
Inker: Chris Ivy
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: John Workman
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Tom Grindberg

Solicitation: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS continue! Deep in the woods near Leesburg lurks a creature that has come to be known as Fringe. He comes searching for answers, and for the parents that abandoned him long ago. Also en route to Leesburg is the former Teen Titan named Prysm. With the team disbanded, she has no place to call home and she’s seeking out a kindred soul in Supergirl. Unfortunately for all, the galactic bounty-hunter Jugular is also coming to town. He’s got his sights set on both Fringe and Prysm, and he doesn’t care if Supergirl gets in his way.

Notes:
>> This issue takes place between Teen Titans #16 and #17
>> The cover is an homage to Action Comics #252, the first appearance of Supergirl
>> In lieu of a letter’s page, there is an article about what happened this issue from the “Leesburg Tribune”
>> First appearance of Mickey and Tamara Gorman, Fringe’s parents


Atom/Impulse Double Shot #1
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Roll Back”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Pop Mhan
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Richard Starkings, ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Tom Grindberg

Solicitation: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS conclude! The Atom tries to use his time pool to reverse the events that killed one of the TEEN TITANS, but instead unleashes a time wave that reverses his age even more, and has the same effect on the visiting Impulse. Now, it’s up to Linear Men Waverider and Lori Lee to set things right, while trying to babysit both the toddler Impulse and the adolescent Atom. But boys will be boys, and they end up unleashing dinosaurs and Khund warriors!

Notes:
>> This issue takes place between Teen Titans #16 and #17
>> The cover is an homage to Showcase #34 by Gil Kane & Murphy Anderson


New Year’s Evil: Dark Nemesis #1
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Turncoat!”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Chrisscross
Inker: Wade Von Grawbadger, Ray Snyder
Colorist: Jason Wright
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Jason Pearson

Synopsis: After their battle with the Teen Titans, all members except Scorcher were captured. Scorcher helps organize a prison breakout to rescue her Dark Nemesis teammates. During the breakout, Risk feels a psychic connection to Scorcher, alerting them both to the fact she is H’San Natall offspring. During the breakout, the rest of Dark Nemesis abandon Scorcher. Before she is able to rendezvous with her teammates, she saves the lives of Atom and Risk. Axis also begins to suspect that Scorcher is a H’San Natall/human hybrid.

Notes:
>> This issue takes place between Teen Titans #16 and #17, specifically, after Superboy/Risk Double Shot #1
>> This special was part of a series of specials (collectively called “New Year’s Evil”) produced by DC Comics highlighting various villains in the DC Universe.
>> In lieu of a letter’s page, there is an “interview” with Axis
>> Scorcher is revealed as a H’San Natall/human hybrid this issue


Teen Titans #17
cover date: February 1998

Credits:
“Then & Now: Epilogue”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Phil Jimenez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: The Titans reunite in a guest-star filled issue. After their adventures with Superboy, Supergirl, Impulse, and Robin; the reunited Argent, Prysm and the Atom try to restart the Titans by having an open house for all the DC Universe’s youthful heroes, and get much more than they bargained for. And if everyone survives the Veil’s attack, there will be a new team of Teen Titans.

Notes:
>> The team re-forms this issue
>> Fringe joins the team this issue
>> Captain Marvel Jr. joins the team this issue, the winner of a DC fan vote contest to pick a new member
>> Arsenal joins the cast this issue
>> First Appearance of Sweet 16, a girl who can control pheromones
>> First Appearance of Kid Emotion, a teen who can control emotions
>> First Appearance of The Solution, powers unknown


Teen Titans #18
cover date: March 1998

Credits:
“Night of the Beast”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Phil Jimenez
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: What do you get for a thirty something guy who’s reliving his teen years? Not much, as the Titans discover as they try to share some birthday cheer with the young Atom. Only Arsenal may have a chance of cheering up the Atom when he calls in a favor from Wally West. Meanwhile, Captain Marvel Jr. is having second thoughts about having joined the team; and the other new member, Fringe, goes on the rampage in Metropolis. Plus, this issue showcases the new Titans HQ above “The Stain,” Metropolis’ hottest arcade/club.

Notes:
>> First appearance of “The Stain” as the new Titans headquarters


Teen Titans #19
cover date: April 1998

Credits:
“To Save a Country”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens & Ron Frenz

Solicitation: Superman Red guest-stars as the “Millennium Giants” continues! The Man of Energy is sinking fast as Tempest rushes to his rescue! Meanwhile, the other Titans head for Egypt to stop the giant known as Sekhmet! Argent and Prysm show how deadly their powers were designed to be as they unleash their full fury against the giant — but will that be enough?

Notes:
>> Tempest appears this issue.
>> This issue is part of the “Millennium Giants” storyline
>> Adventures of Superman #557 features the “Millennium Giants” storyline; Geo-Force and Terra II defend Markovia, revealing that Terra II settled in Markovia following the events of New Titans #130.


Teen Titans #20
cover date: May 1998

Credits:
“My Dinner with Argent”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: A night with the Titans! Captain Marvel, Jr. takes Argent on a dangerous first date that finds them running into Lex Luthor. Fringe is left home alone with Arsenal’s daughter just as his bestial side gets the better of him, and Risk and Prysm fight a new dangerous female group led by Titans reject Sweet 16. And Pylon makes his move to eradicate the Titans by kidnapping Risk’s mother and learning the secrets of the team’s creation.

Notes:
>> First appearances of Pom-Pom girl , Prom Queen and Bookie
>> Arsenal and Lian leave the Teen Titans this issue; last appearance in this series


Teen Titans #21
cover date: June 1998

Credits:
“Titans Hunt”, Part 1: “The Lesson”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation:

Part 1 of the 4-part “Titans Hunt!” It begins here! The final TITANS storyline by writer/artist Dan Jurgens resolves the whole alien-Titans situation once and for all, setting the stage for the monumental changes to come in TEEN TITANS #25.

Notes:
>> Scorcher dies this issue
>> The solicit claims “monumental changes to come in TEEN TITANS #25” – but the series last issue is #24


Teen Titans #22
cover date: July 1998

Credits:
“Titans Hunt”, Part 2: “Shards of Glory”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: Part 2 of a 4 part “Titans Hunt!” Things are changing fast as Risk becomes a fugitive, and Deathstroke comes to put a permanent end to the team. Plus, Pylon makes his final move against the team using Risk’s mother and a former Titan.

Notes:
>> The Veil is destroyed this issue
>> Pylon reveals himself as a member of the H’San Natall
>> First Appearance of Queen Miraset
>> Changeling appears this issue


Teen Titans #23
cover date: August 1998

Credits:
“Titans Hunt”, Part 2: “Shards of Glory”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Moose Baumann, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: Superman and Changeling guest-star in Part 3 of the four-part “Titans Hunt!” The Atom is aging and de-aging as residue chronal energy plays havoc with his body and even Waverider is unable to aide him. While Superman and Captain Marvel Jr. try to find the missing Titans, they find the former Changeling instead. And what about the missing Titans? Well, they’re headed into outer space to meet their destiny at the hands of the H’San Natall (including one of their parents!) Plus, a Titan turns against the team.

Notes:
>> Queen Miraset is revealed as the mother of Prysm
>> Joto is revealed alive this issue
>> Changeling appears this issue


Teen Titans #24
cover date: September 1998

Credits:
“Titans Hunt”, Part 2: “Shards of Glory”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: Dan Jurgens
Inker: Norm Rapmund
Colorist: Gregory Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer: ComiCraft
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Jurgens

Solicitation: Final issue. Concluding the four-part “Titans Hunt!” Superman and Changeling head into space to find the missing Titans as the Atom experiences chronal chaos that’s aging and de-aging him, and not even Waverider may be able to help him. It’s the final fate for the Teen Titans as Dan Jurgens’ run with the team comes to an explosive end. Two of the members won’t be coming back, while one you thought was gone makes a heroic return! But the DC Universe won’t be without a Titans team for long. Look in upcoming issues of Previews for information about the upcoming Arsenal and JLA vs. Titans miniseries which will set up the new ongoing Titans title.

Notes:
>> Last issue of the series
>> The team disbands this issue; All character appear next in JLA/Titans #1-3 a month later
>> Joto is restored to life this issue
>> Atom is restored to his true age
>> First appearance of Prysm’s father, King Ch’Ah
>> Changeling appears this issue


Annuals


Teen Titans Annual #1
cover date: August 1997

Credits:
“The Lost Junction Massacre”
Writer: Dan Jurgens
Penciller: John Cassidy
Inker: Mark Pennington
Colorist: Jason Wright, Digital Chameleon
Letterer:Chris Eliopoulus
Editor: Eddie Berganza
Cover Art: Dan Brereton

Solicitation:

“Pulp Heroes,” the DCU Annuals event continues with a tribute to the macabre pulps of the 1930s. On their way back from Skartaris, the team’s T-Jet lands outside the spooky town of Lost Junction, where the lifestyle has remained mysteriously unchanged since the 1800s. No videos, no rap, no nothing, except for… the cannibals! It seems the town was settled by folks who had to survive a terrible winter, and some of them became flesh eaters. One of the people that was served was an ancestor of Risk’s. Now the kids find themselves powerless against the arcane rituals of this town. And they only have a ghost of a chance of survival.

Notes:
>> This annual is part of the summer theme, “Pulp Heroes”
>> This story takes place between Teen Titans #11 and #12
>> The test page has a 1 page preview of the covers of issues #12-#15

Also Published This Month:
>> Wonder Woman #125: Diana lies at death’s door while all around her, events continue to unfold that will have an important impact on everyone in her life! Guest-starring JLA and Donna Troy. Many heroes mourn Diana; Donna has a tense moment upon seeing Kyle Rayner.


Specials & Appearances of Note

IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER (see series index above for detailed synopsis of each)

Titans Beat [1996]: This 8 page promotional preview of the series which was a simulation of “Tiger Beat” magazine, complete with mock interviews, profile pieces and pin-ups. It was given away free at comic shops and conventions.

Superman #116 [1996]: Contains an 8-page preview of the Teen Titans series; No new material, the preview contains a pastiche of issues #1-3 as a sampling.

Robin & Argent Double Shot [1998]: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS continue! The Titans’ Argent heads to Gotham seeking guidance from Robin, but all she finds is trouble for them both at the hands of drug smugglers. The team seemingly broke up following events of #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots spotlighted individual members. Issue #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team.

Supergirl & Prysm Double shot [1998]: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS continue! Deep in the woods near Leesburg lurks a creature that has come to be known as Fringe. He comes searching for answers, and for the parents that abandoned him long ago. Also en route to Leesburg is the former Teen Titan named Prysm. With the team disbanded, she has no place to call home and she’s seeking out a kindred soul in Supergirl. Unfortunately for all, the galactic bounty-hunter Jugular is also coming to town. He’s got his sights set on both Fringe and Prysm, and he doesn’t care if Supergirl gets in his way. The team seemingly broke up following events of #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots spotlighted individual members. Issue #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team.

Superboy & Risk Double shot [1998]: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS continue! As a favor to his old principal, Mack Harlin, the Kid goes undercover in a Denver high school to track down someone who broke into NORAD. But being a mild-mannered student may be more than Superboy can handle, especially when his target turns out to be the Titans’ Risk. The team seemingly broke up following events of #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots spotlighted individual members. Issue #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team.

Impulse & Atom Double shot [1998]: The adventures of the disbanded TEEN TITANS conclude! The Atom tries to use his time pool to reverse the events that killed one of the TEEN TITANS, but instead unleashes a time wave that reverses his age even more, and has the same effect on the visiting Impulse. Now, it’s up to Linear Men Waverider and Lori Lee to set things right, while trying to babysit both the toddler Impulse and the adolescent Atom. But boys will be boys, and they end up unleashing dinosaurs and Khund warriors! The team seemingly broke up following events of #16. Following that issue, a number of one shots spotlighted individual members. Issue #17 featured a membership drive, and new members Fringe and Captain Marvel Jr. joined the team.

New Year’s Evil: Dark Nemesis #1 [1998]: The Teen Titans’ adversaries are highlighted in this special by Dan Jurgens and ChrissCross. This special was part of a series of specials (collectively called “New Year’s Evil”) produced by DC Comics highlighting various villains in the DC Universe. After their battle with the Teen Titans, all members except Scorcher were captured. Scorcher helps organize a prison breakout to rescue her Dark Nemesis teammates. During the breakout, Risk feels a psychic connection to Scorcher, alerting them both to the fact she is H’San Natall offspring. During the breakout, the rest of Dark Nemesis abandon Scorcher. Before she is able to rendezvous with her teammates, she saves the lives of Atom and Risk. Axis also begins to suspect that Scorcher is a H’San Natall/human hybrid.

 


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