Tales of the Teen Titans

Issue #1

Cover Date: June 1982
Subtitle: Cyborg
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Brett Breeding
Storyline: The Titans took a vacation at the Grand Canyon. While eating, Victor told them about his early years. His parents were research scientists at a major university, and he often ended up as their guinea pig. He got into some trouble early when he rebelled, but his mother convinced his father to let him go to public schools. There, he was introduced to sports and girls - he excelled at both. He had another run-in with gang violence and got cut. After refusing to help vandalize the Statue of Liberty, his best friend, Ron, turned his back on him.
Victor continued to train for the Olympics until one day he visited his parents at their lab. There was an accident with one of the experiments - he and his mother were covered with an interdimensional goo. He was unconscious for a month. When he awakened, he realized his father had spent day and night grafting cybernetic parts to his destroyed limbs and body structure. His mother had not survived. Five months later, he was able to walk again. He expressed his hatred to his father and moved out.
Once again, his "friend" came to him for help. They were planning on blowing up the UN building. Vic agreed, but secretly was going to stop them. That night, he learned he was going to be set up as their scapegoat. He threw the bomb into the sky. It detonated and killed Ron.


Issue #2

Cover Date: July 1982
Subtitle: Raven
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Pablo Marcos
Storyline: Raven had a nightmare while camping. Her shriek woke everyone up. Wally was quick to her side and demanded she let them know what was going on. She told them how her mother was taken from Earth to Azarath after being impregnated by Trigon. As soon as she was born, the place of peace and beauty became black with fear. One of the temple's elders attempted to toss the infant through the great door which led into nothingness, but a great light shone in and killed him.
Raven was taken from her mother and given to Azar - a woman who ruled them like her mother and her mother's mother. Raven could not know of emotion, or the Trigon in her could be unleashed. Years later, Azar died. When she began having nightmares of Trigon coming to get her, she learned that the people of Azarath had created her father. Trigon soon appeared outside their great door demanding his daughter. When she admitted she was his daughter, he realized he could corrupt her. He vanished, saying he would be back for her when she reached adulthood.


Issue #3

Cover Date: August 1982
Subtitle: The Changeling
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Gene Day
Storyline: On their third night, Garfield Logan cooked for everyone and told them his story. His father was a scientist in Africa. As a boy, Gar contracted the disease Sakutia. It was something only animals survived. His father cured him, but at the expense of the boy turning green. His parents died in a boating accident later, and Gar began turning into small animals. At age eight, poachers pretty much destroyed the tribe he'd been adopted by, and took him to steal for them.
When Elasti-girl married Steve Dayton, they adopted Gar. The Doom Patrol was later killed and Gar joined Teen Titans West. Later, he got a part on a sci-fi TV show. During a shot, a giant robot burst in for him. They fought, but the robot finally gave up. The show was sued and canceled.
The robot, Arsenal, later returned and kidnapped Gar's girlfriend. Gar went after them, and was captured himself. He learned the Arsenal was actually the poacher who'd been his guardian before. He wanted his father's money. Dayton was away and no one could pay the ransom. The Arsenal took Jilian and left Gar to die. He escaped and took down the attacker.


Issue #4

Cover Date: September 1982
Subtitle: Starfire
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Ernie Colon
Storyline: As the group gathered their things and prepared to head back to New York (Dick was going back to school), Kori told them about Tamaran. All her planet rejoiced at her birth - except for her sister, who'd been judged to sickly to eventually rule. Their father was king of the tropical, peaceful paradise. Due to her illness, Komand'r could not fly like the rest. The girl was devious and once killed Kori's pet.
Eventually, the Citadel attacked Tamaran. They were defeated and Tamaran rejoiced. When their father returned home, Komand'r was beating Koriand'r. After their brother was born, the time came for them to be sent to Okaara and trained as warriors. Upon graduation, there was a tournament. The sisters were put against each other. Komand'r got the upper hand, but Koriand'r caused her to fall into a cliff. Not wanting her sister to die that way, Koriand'r saved her. Back on solid ground, Komand'r looked for the killing blow, but was stopped by the Warlords. She was expelled. Instead of going home to Tamaran, Komand'r went to the Citadel and gave away her people's secrets. The Citadel attacked again. Tamaran gave up, but had to give Koriand'r to the Gordanians as a result.
Kori was reunited with her sister. She was Komand'r's slave for six years. The Psions attacked the Citadel. They were taken hostage and became scientific experiments. The Citadel soon attacked the Psions. The sisters escaped and found they had new powers - they could harness solar energy within them and blast it out. She eventually escaped slavery and ended up on Earth.


notes

  • The Tales of the Teen Titans miniseries takes place between issues 20-21, where the Titans go on a camping vactation.
  • This is collected in the The New Teen Titans Archive volume 3.