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Friday, May 28, 2021

Contemplating the Titans

Conceptually, the Teen Titans and the Defenders have little in common. The founding members of the Teen Titans were sidekicks to adult DC heroes, while the founding members of the Defenders were highly powerful and individualistic Marvel heroes. After hearing the podcast Titan Up The Defense, which discusses classic issues of each team on alternating weeks, I decided to look for commonalities between the two super groups. Here are a few examples:

  • Aqualad, a founding member of the Teen Titans, has Atlantean parallels to the Sub-Mariner, a founding member of the Defenders.
  • Robin (Nightwing), the original leader of the Teen Titans, was the longtime sidekick to Batman; Marvel Comics patterned Nighthawk after Batman.
  • Superhuman strength, weaponry, and a mythological background makes Wonder Girl analogous to Valkyrie.
  • Daughter of the demonic Trigon, the mystical Raven corresponds to Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan.
  • With green skin and the power of transformation, Changeling (Beast Boy) has superficial similarities to the Hulk.
  • Three of the New Defenders began fighting crime as teenage members of the X-Men.
The Brave and the Bold #54 (July 1964) marked the beginning of the Teen Titans, when three sidekicks teamed up. The young heroes soon landed their own seires, which ran 53 issues, and then found new popularity with the launch of The New Teen Titans #1 (Nov. 1980).

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