The Silver Age Teen Titans Archives Volume 1

Date: 1964-66 (original material), 2003 (collection)
Writer(s): Bob Haney
Artists(s): Nick Cardy, Bruno Premiani
Collects: The Brave and the Bold 54, 60; Showcase 59; Teen Titans 1-5
Storyline: 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 hot-rod 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.

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.

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.


notes

  • Problem / justification: Wonder Girl is a part of this team, though in current continuity, Wonder Woman isn't created until post-Crisis.
  • The reason this has been placed here is the references to a previous team during the 1980s Wolfman / Perez series. This is the best collection of the first Teen Titans.
  • Return to continuity section 2.