Showcase Presents: Teen Titans Volume 1

Date: 1964-69 (original material), 2007 (collection)
Writer(s): Bob Haney, Len Wein, Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Nick Cardy, Bruno Premiani, Bill Molno, Sal Trapani, Irv Norvick, Jack Abel, Lee Elias, Bill Draut
Collects: The Brave and the Bold 54, 60; Showcase 59; Teen Titans 1-18
Storyline: The Brave and the Bold 54: The Thousand-and-One Dooms of Mr. Twister
A schism divided the town of Hatton Corner's between the adults and the teenagers. When the adults attempted to enact a curfew, the teenagers invited Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad to represent them. When they arrived, the trio found that all the teenagers were gone, and a phony note was left. The three split up to investigate. A tornado hit the small town while Robin talked to the people. He herded them into a bank vault to stay safe from the twister, but he was picked up by the winds. Kid Flash returned in time to save him from a fall. The tornado dissipated and revealed Mr. Twister (actually a disgruntled townsman named Brom Stikk who'd somehow gained the ability to affect weather). Mr. Twister told the town they'd never see their teenagers again unless his demands were met.
Robin inquired as to what debt Stikk referred to and was given a tale of the town's beginnings: one of Stikk's ancestors donated the land for the town in return for one passenger pigeon feather per year for him and his descendants. When he died, the bargain was forgotten. Brom heard this and demanded back pay, but passenger pigeons had been extinct for years. The town was unable to live up to the bargain.
Robin took his friends to the local airport, where they found some leads from the night the kids vanished. On nearby Goat Island, they found what they were looking for: Mr. Twister was using the children as slaves to build a monument in his honor. When Mr. Twister left to replenish his powers in an ancient Indian cave, Robin followed him. Twister, using his magic, easily defeated Robin and deposited him back in the town with another ransom note. Kid Flash helped the kids finish the monument. Aqualad made a strange discovery - the island was only being held up by a small piece of land. He commanded some whales to move the island in hopes that Mr. Twister could not find his way back.
When he learned his captives were free of danger, Mr. Twister attacked the town of Hatton Corners. His first attack, a sand storm, was thwarted by Kid Flash. He next attacked with a flood, but Aqualad was able to command sea life and stop it. Mr. Twister then rained fire onto the town. Kid Flash and Aqualad were taken down, leaving Robin and the townspeople to go against the villain. Robin was able to grab and destroy Mr. Twister's magic staff. Without it, he was powerless. With the threat ended, the town's teenagers returned - both they and the adults had a better understanding of each other after the ordeal.

The Brave and the Bold 60: The Astounding Separated Man
The Teen Titans were called in when Separated Man attacked a small city. Midville was celebrating their first "Teen Day," where teens were running the city for 24 hours. The mayor of this day's father was suspected to be the Separated Man. Robin, Aqualad, Kid Flash, and Wonder Girl arrived to help out.
The Titans led the town's kids against the Separated Man and found Professor Brian Holmes - the creator of the creature, and escaped convict. Holmes told them his serum had been stolen by his cellmate, who'd been released on parole. The man was destroying the city in hopes of finding the professor's secret lab. They had to find the Separated Man's torso in order to inject it's heart with the anti-serum. Wonder Girl went after an ear in hopes of following it to the heart, but was attacked by the mouth.
Wonder Girl got away by plugging the mouth with a billboard. After the right ear heard the professor telling Robin where his secret lab was, the Separated Man put himself together and went after the serum. The Teen Titans got to the un-Seperated Man and, with the help of some whales, injected him with the anti-serum. Professor Holmes and his cellmate returned to jail.

Showcase 59: The Return of the Teen Titans
The Flips, a hit music sensation, were accused of robbery after a concert. Though they denied it, eyewitnesses said they saw a wall-riding motorcycle and a flying surfboard - trademarks of the band. The Teen Titans were called in to the next city the Flips were to play in order to guarantee no crimes would be committed by the group.
The Flips broke free, grabbed their gear, and robbed a nearby bank. The Titans eventually dragged them in.
By locking the band up and assuming their identities, the Teen Titans were able to draw out the impostors when they tried to snatch the gate at the concert. The impostors were arrested and the real Flips put on their concert.

Teen Titans 1: The Beast-God of Xochatan!
The Teen Titans were invited to Washington, DC. There, they were told of some strange happenings in a South American location called Xochatan. They joined the Peace Corps so they could help out. When parachuting in, they spotted a giant robot conquistador and attacked it.
Robin hit it with a few smoke grenades and it seemingly vanished into a mountain. Later, the Peace Corps bulldozer attacked them. Aqualad and Wonder Girl got it out of the river (it was being used to create a dam for the upcoming flood season); Robin realized the break lever was hot - just like the mountain before. Kid Flash vibrated himself into the mountain, where he found the robot. It broke loose, and they trapped it. Believing the threat was over, the Teen Titans and Peace Corps continued building the dam. Kid Flash was attacked by a beast that was part human, part jaguar.
Kid Flash and Wonder Girl trapped the beast in a maze just before another beast attacked - this one with the body of an eagle. Wonder Girl was able to attach the beast to a boulder with her lasso, then Robin was attacked by a serpent beast. Aqualad followed them into the river and freed his friend. As the waters reached the top of an ancient pyramid, the true villain showed himself - a wealthy land owner who was thought to be dead. He'd holed up in the pyramid for a long time and was trying to scare the Peace Corps away from submerging his home.

Teen Titans 2: The Million-Year-Old Teenager
The Teen Titans received a distress call from a girl named Penny in the town of Smedleyville. Her new friend was thought to be in league with a giant who'd been plaguing their town.
The Titans arrived in time to see the giant attacking a school bus. Garn, the strange new boy, was fighting it. The giant threw a magic ax; Wonder Girl went after it. It eluded her and caused the Titan's helicopter to crash. The Titans survived and regrouped in a nearby cave. Garn told them the story of the giant who'd destroyed his village. Battling, the two were buried in an avalanche for a million years. Only recently had they escaped their icy tomb.
Robin received a transmission and they headed to a construction site where the giant was destroying equipment with his magic ax. Garn battled the giant while the Titans were attacked by his ax. When they were free, the ancient battlers had made it into the river below. Aqualad found them below the surface - the giant damaged the dam. He was able to save Garn. Kid Flash was able to divert the river away from the city. The Titans explained to the town that the giant was dead and Garn had helped rid them of the menace.

Teen Titans 3: The Revolt at Harrison High
Batman and Robin went after some bank robbers in a hot rod. The Batmobile was no match for the converting car. They went back to the cave to investigate; Robin and the rest of the Teen Titans were called to Washington. The National Committee on Drop-Outs asked the Titans to check out a town called Harrison, where the drop-out rate was huge. Once there, they found that the drop outs were getting good jobs at a hot-rod building facility just outside town.
The team split up and followed cars coming out of the factory. The one Kid Flash tailed was a drone. He stopped it from hitting a school bus. Wonder Girl and Aqualad were injured by the ones they followed. Robin went in to snoop. He was captured by the owner and placed on a run-away motorcycle. He was able to wreck it safely and was rescued by Wonder Girl, who'd shaken off the electric shock she'd received from the car she trailed. The team regrouped.
Disguised as regular kids, the Titans got jobs at the hotrod garage. Robin was able to uncover the info needed, and all the kids turned on their crooked boss who'd been outfitting criminal organizations with the cars they were making.

Teen Titans 4: The Secret Olympic Heroes
Speedy met with the Teen Titans to let them know the criminal organization known as Diablo was out to sabotage the Olympics. One of the US's biggest track stars was missing. They were able to find the boy, but he did not want to compete - he didn't want to fail his father who'd lost his own chance to be in the Olympics years before due to a car accident. The Titans convinced him to join them at the Olympics in disguise.
Shortly after getting there, they foiled two Diablo attacks - one at an autograph signing, another at the Olympic village where agents tried to lure competitors into a fight. Davey, the kid who'd vanished in order to stay out of the limelight, secretly trained and bumped into his father.
Aqualad found some more Diablo agents in the training pool and was captured. The rest of the team were captured trying to stop Diablo attempts. They were placed in the rings of the Olympic logo as Speedy prepared to practice lighting them. Davey was able to stop him before he barbecued his friends. Wonder Girl got the team loosed from their bindings and they took down the attacking Diablo agents Davey ran the next day and placed for a bronze medal. His father was proud.

Teen Titans 5: The Perilous Capers of the Terrible Teen
A professor from a reform camp for juveniles called the Teen Titans in. He suspected one of his former pupils, Eddie Whit, was the mysterious Ant - a costumed villain terrorizing a nearby town. The Titans ran into the Ant after meeting with the professor. He was able to deter both Robin and Wonder Girl before leaping from a building onto a train.
The Titans found the boy and learned he was indeed the Ant. They followed him and found out he appeared to be doing it because he was being blackmailed by his boss. The next caper for the Ant was at a local charity picnic. He snatched the loot and made off in one of the vans he'd arrived in. His younger brother was driving and Kid Flash caught up with them. He found out the Ant was trying to cover for his brother, who he thought was in a gang. The brother split with the gang when he saw Eddie. Kid Flash returned the money to the picnic.
With Eddie's help, the Teen Titans set a trap for the men who had been controlling him.

Teen Titans 6: The Fifth Titan
After trying a few more times to get the Doom Patrol to let him join, Gar "Beast Boy" Logan called the Teen Titans, hoping they'd let him in. After showing them what he could do, they gave him the same excuse - he couldn't join without his guardian's permission. Gar flew off in disgust - he knew his guardian would never agree.
Two weeks later, Beast Boy was the hit of the circus scene. However, he was soon duped by a hypnotist who caused the audiences to give him their valuables. The Teen Titans were called in when the tranced audience began looting the city. After breaking the spell, the Titans disguised themselves as a traveling acrobat group and tried out for the circus. They saw the hypnotist in action and snuck off, but were trapped in a cage.
The cage was dropped into a water tank, but Kid Flash vibrated himself and Aqualad out of it. Aqualad freed Robin and Wonder Girl. Beast Boy, also under the hypnotist's spell, was ordered to attack the Titans. After a short fight, the spell was broken and Beast Boy captured the circus' owner.

Teen Titans 7: The Mad Mod, Merchant of Menace
The Titans were teamed up with Holley Hip, a musician, on a tour of Europe in hopes of luring out some smugglers. After they touched down in London, Kid Flash found that Mad Mod, Hip's tailor, was using the singer's clothing to smuggle his wares.
Kid Flash was captured by Mod's goons. Robin and the team went to investigate after one of his transmissions was interrupted. Aqualad followed one of their trucks to the nearby docks. He realized what was going on when they went to throw a "manikin" into the water. Aqualad saved Kid Flash, but Mad Mod got away after chasing him on a mechanical fish. Robin and Wonder Girl stowed away in one of Holley's trunks. They were noticed after Robin got some photographic evidence of the operation.
Mad Mod gassed the two Titans and threw them off the plane. Luckily, they came to in time for Wonder Girl to take flight. Mod parachuted out, but the Titans gave him the slip. Robin's camera and film were destroyed.
Their next stop was Paris. The Titans got Holley wise to Mod's scheme and he refused to take his clothing in for repairs. Mod and his crew attacked the singer at his next concert. The Titans were there to take him down and hand him over to authorities.

Teen Titans 8: A Killer Called Honey Bun
The Teen Titans headed to a city where the citizens were protesting the exchange student program. One of them was blamed for stealing a robot from the plant where most of the townspeople worked. Kid Flash followed him and found him with the robot.
The robot attacked the Titans' helicopter, but Kid Flash snatched its controls away from the exchange student. Someone drove up and took at shot at the boy. The Titans split up to find the young spy. They found him nearby - he'd been captured by the protesters. The Titans had to take matters into their own hands when they refused to hand him over. The boy told them he'd stolen the robot to get it away from the real spy - the man they'd handed it over to. Robin checked out his story and it seemed to fit.
The Titans watched from their helicopter as the robot was loaded into a plane. Kid Flash caused the plane to crash before it could take off, but the robot rampaged through the town afterwards. Robin was able to stop it by modifying a pistol into a sand shooter and clogging its joints.
The exchange student was cleared and the real spy was arrested.

Teen Titans 9: The Big Beach Rumble
A town called Baxter Beach requested the Teen Titans come visit them for spring break. The previous year, college kids had all but wrecked their town and they wanted to avoid it at all costs. The team got to the beach before two rival groups of colleges and convinced them not to fight (Robin and Kid Flash played catch with one of the students).
The kids noticed the beach was eroding away into the sea and decided to build a jetty.
That night, during their shindig, Captain Tiger's submarine neared Baxter Beach. The sub ran aground on the jetty; Captain Tiger emerged from it and threatened the town. Aqualad and some eels attacked the sub and knocked one of their guns out of commission. Captain Tiger fired a torpedo at a bank and scored a direct hit. Wonder Girl stopped his next shot, but she was captured along with Aqualad. Robin and Kid Flash joined the action. Soon, the entire team had been captured.
The college kids crashed a train into the sub, freeing the Titans. With a little help, Captain Tiger's group was defeated.

Teen Titans 10: Scramble at Wildcat
Robin arrived at the Titans' lair on his new motorcycle. He got the gang together and told them he (and three friends) had been invited to judge a competition out west. When they arrived, they met the ghost town's only resident - his grandson was one of the bikers who would be arriving later.
The groups arrived (including one which wasn't invited) and the race began. Robin joined in on his bike and the other Titans followed to make sure no one caused any trouble.
The leader of the uninvited Bike Buzzards group took the lead in the race and began cheating to knock off those following him. Robin kept up until he was caught in an avalanche caused by a gunshot. Wonder Girl went looking for him and they threw her down a mine shaft. Soon, Kid Flash and Aqualad were taken down, too.
The Titans freed themselves and regrouped while the Buzzards were out robbing nearby towns. The Titans took down the Buzzards and the old man finally struck oil.

Teen Titans 11: Monster Bait
Speedy joined the Titans as they went out for a summer job. They were going to help out a kid who was a scientist's assistant. Once they arrived on the island, they got into swimsuits and hit the water. A fisherman warned them about a strange seamonster. Garth went under and looked around. He found a phone line under the man's boat as the monster attacked the Titans' raft. They all had to bail when it was destroyed by the monster's fire breath.
When they got back to land, Dick checked out the raft and found it to be chemical burns. They got into their costumes and headed to the scientist's lab. They found their boy genius (who'd asked them for help) stealing some plans and went in to talk to him. The boy was being blackmailed for the plans he'd taken - some men had information on his father. Robin took a page from the plans (for what could be used as nerve gas) and told the boy to hand over the rest. The boy did as he was instructed - he placed the plans in a floating device and threw them into the lake. They immediately began moving toward the fisherman. Speedy and Aqualad gave chase; the monster attacked the others, who were behind in a boat.
Speedy shot the float onto the bank and fired a grenade arrow into the monster. When it exploded, the mechanical beast "died" and several scuba divers emerged from it. Kid Flash took them down when they went for the plans. Speedy stopped the boat which was getting away with the plans; Wonder Girl grabbed them and returned them to the scientist.

Teen Titans 12: Large Trouble in Space-ville
Wonder Girl was listening to her favorite DJ (who was broadcasting from space) when she noticed a pattern. She told Robin about it and the team headed to South Dakota - Mt. Rushmore was in trouble. They arrived in time to see some man with a ray gun lifting the monument into the sky.
Wonder Girl was able to use her lasso to put Mt. Rushmore back in place. Robin tuned back into the radio station and picked up another code. They hopped in the helicopter and headed to Egypt. The Sphinx was being stolen. They caught up with the same man and his ray gun. After a slight delay, the Titans captured "the Deliverer" and handed him over to authorities. They then headed to the nearest rocket base and blasted off hoping to recover the sphinx from space.
After reaching orbit, they found the DJ's ship - and an alien ship. Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, and Aqualad were captured by it while fighting the alien. Robin defeated the alien, saved his friends, and returned to Earth with the sphinx and DJ.

Teen Titans 13: The TT's Swingin' Christmas Carol
The son of a junkyard worker found out that his father's boss was mixed up with a racket - he was importing "junk" parts only to have them assembled into complete vehicles. The man confronted his boss about the situation, and he was told that what people did with the junk they bought from him was none of their business. The boy called in the Teen Titans for help. They busted up the next attempt, but got no evidence.
While the Titans were on the scene, Mr. Scrounge (the junk yard owner) received a visitor - a former business partner who'd escaped from prison. The Titans stopped him from hurting Scrounge, but he escaped after explaining that he was in prison for taking the rap for Scrounge. The Titans decided to play a Christmas Carol prank on Scrounge.
The next night, the "ghost of Christmas past" visited Scrounge (actually Kid Flash vibrating through walls), followed by the "ghost of Christmas present" (), and the "ghost of Christmas future" (Wonder Girl). The plan backfired when WG was shot by one of his goons.
The Titans battled it out with "Mr. Big's" goons, and got help from Scrounge - he saw the error in his ways and turned a new leaf. After his business associates were taken down, he gave his employee a raise and got his son a new electric wheel chair.

Teen Titans 14: Requiem for a Titan
The Gargoyle had gone on TV saying he was an ex-con who'd been sent to the pen by the Titans - unjustly. They began working through the list of creeps they'd put away, and the group secretly knew it had to have been Robin who was in the wrong. When a famous rock star didn't show up for a gig, the Titans went in to make sure the audience didn't do anything crazy. The Gargoyle was there waiting for them.
The Gargoyle caused Kid Flash, Wonder Girl, and Aqualad to disappear - into limbo. He explained to Robin that he was the only one who'd not doubted one of his teammates. Robin attacked the villain, who conjured up the other Titans - who, at extra-size, attacked their leader. Robin caused a fire by breaking an electric cable. The Gargoyle escaped, and Robin escaped with his life.
The Boy Wonder walked away as firefighters battled the blaze. He not only lost his teammates, but the Titans helicopter was also destroyed. He wandered back to their HQ pondering what he would do alone now. Once inside, he was faced with the Gargoyle and the other Titans, who appeared to still be under his control. He escaped and continued fighting crime alone. News reports went out saying the others died in the fire. After a while, Robin gave up. He met the Gargoyle at the cemetery where the other Titans had graves.
By acting as though he'd given up, he was able to keep his sanity in limbo. He attacked the other Titans until the Gargoyle showed himself. They fought, and Robin was able to defeat him by destroying his magic ring. The Titans found themselves above ground with no recollection of what happened after the theater fire.

Teen Titans 15: Captain Rumble Blasts the Scene
The Titans were looking for a runaway and bumped into some hippies. The boy ran directly into them - he was running from cops. Some neighborhood thugs came in and started a fight with the hippies. The Titans and police broke them up. The runaway kid snuck off during the excitement.
Ken (the runaway) and his girlfriend, Karin, fled some thugs who were tracking them for not delivering a shipment for them. The Titans got into hippie garb so they could better fit in. Wonder Girl and Kid Flash stopped thugs from getting the runaways, but they both continued to elude everyone.
The Titans headed to a nearby park hippie gathering. The thugs attacked there, too. The Titans took them down, but the runaways continued to evade. Robin finally caught up with them and convinced them to talk to the cops. Once their bullying bosses were in custody, Ken was reunited with his parents.

Teen Titans 16: The Dimensional Caper
The Teen Titans headed in on a school where one of the kids claimed to have gone to another dimension. His principal told his father he was mentally disturbed.
The kid made a break for it, but Wonder Girl swooped in and caught him. He told the Titans he'd been spray painting his class year on a water tower when he'd crossed over into another dimension. He heard the natives talking of an invasion then found himself back on the water tower. Playing a hunch, Robin took the boy and the rest of the Titans back up the water tower. When he touched the glowing rivet the boy had described, all five were transported to the other dimension. After escaping some search and destroy troopers, the Titans found their way to the machine which allowed interdimensional transport - and the boy's principal. Kid Flash vibrated through the machine and it appeared that both dimensions were becoming one.
Chaos ensued as the two dimensions fazed in and out of each other. The boy who'd discovered the whole mess struggled with his principal and caused the man to shoot the teleportation machine with a ray gun. Everything that should have been on Earth's dimension seemed to be there except for the boy. The Titans headed back to the water tower. By the time they got there, it had collapsed.
Kid Flash was able to vibrate across the barrier and grab the boy. On his way back, he noticed the school there was breaking apart. Back in his right dimension, he warned everyone out of the school, but nothing ever happened to it other than a momentary weird glow.

Teen Titans 17: Holy Thimbles, It's the Mad Mod
The Teen Titans were invited to England to attend a royal event. Robin ended up getting locked inside the palace. While the other three attended, Mad Mod struck and stole the Queen's sceptre. Kid Flash gave chase, but soon felt oddly tired. He hopped on a motorcycle, but crashed it in the fog. He finally caught up with them (by chance) at a pub. He snatched the sceptre, but Mad Mod struck him from behind and regained it. Kid Flash radioed Wonder Girl and Aqualad for help.
Aqualad caught up with Mad Mod and actually got his hands on the sceptre, but he, too, was captured. He used his powers to summon the Loch Ness Monster and was freed. Wonder Girl was next. She tracked Mad Mod and found the sceptre, but had it taken away to her lack of strength. Later, the three Titans regrouped and got into fresh costumes. They realized their others had to have been doped - they felt their full strengths returning.
The Titans (still minus Robin) caught up with Mad Mod. Aqualad leapt from the helicopter into the sea after seeing his gang drop a man. He saved the "man" (actually a dummy) - the sceptre was in side him.
Wonder Girl and Kid Flash went into their hideout. Mad Mod and his goons were captured and the sceptre was returned to the Queen.

Teen Titans 18: Eye of the Beholder
The Teen Titans were invited to guard some jewels in Stockholm. There, they were introduced to Starfire, a teenage hero from Russia. Starfire was not exactly pleased with having to deal with the Americans, but he told them of his powers and how he gained them (from a crashed spacecraft).
That night, they tangled with the jewel thief, Le Blanc, but he escaped. Robin had to step between Starfire and Kid Flash so their argument wouldn't escalate.
The Titans were shown an invitation from Le Blanc - he planned to take the jewels that night. Aqualad was the first to find and tangle with the thief. Le Blanc trapped him in an air duct and continued on toward his booty. Kid Flash picked up his trail, but he was trapped in a stasis beam. If he moved, he was promised to set off an explosion. Robin and Wonder Girl also attacked and also failed. Starfire freed them all then went after Le Blanc. He couldn't stop him, either. The Titans moved in quickly behind him. Robin took the thief down while the others recovered the jewels.
Starfire and the Titans parted ways on good terms.

notes

  • The Teen Titans form - Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Aqualad (Garth), and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy).
  • "After our cool adventure together last year, I figured I'd rejoin you this summer for another go..." Speedy, issue 11.
  • "Robin! Your cape and mask...I've never seen you without them!" Wonder Girl, issue 14.
  • Return to continuity section 2.