Reading the new Teen Titans Showcase
isn't quite this joyously funny, but it has it's moments. The book reprints the first 20 Teen Titans stories from the 1960s as a black and white phonebook. This is a fantastic format, collecting 500 pages of comics for about $8, used. I enjoyed the Green Lantern Showcase
more, but the Titans collection does deliver.
What I found most interesting is how quickly the angle on the Titans changes from issue to issue. The series jumps all over the map looking for a gimmick. In the first issue from January 1966 (but actually their 4th comic book appearance) the Titans join the Peace Corps. Like most Peace Corps volunteers they end up in South America fighting a giant Conquistador Robot programed by an eccentric landowner. We even get the Scooby Doo ending:
But this is the first and last time we ever hear about the Titans belonging to the Corps. By issue 6 the titans are off to stop the Japanese Olympics from being undermined by a secret Get Smart! type of evil organization:
"Dedicated to hate and distrust"!! Sounds like fun. And I especially liked this panel:
Ha, ha, ha. Robin, you fucking racist.
Anyway, by the time issue 15 from 1968 rolls around, the whole country has gone to shit and the Titans are undercover as hippies:
And that's the best explanation I can give for that panel
. Having read the whole issue it's from, I feel confident saying that there is no amount of context on Earth that would properly explain it. Everything about it and the time it's from is just weird.
Simply put, other than the Mad Mod, there is very little in these stories that will be familiar to fans of Teen Titans GO!
; but if these panels are your thing like they are my thing, you might want to check out this collection. Worst case scenario is, you are out $8.