Why Don't DC Comics Give More Of A Damn About The Teen Titans 50th Anniversary? (UPDATE)

By Dimitrios Haritos

As everyone knows DC has been doing a year long celebration for Batman's 75th Anniversary, but there has been no recognition of the fact that in July of 2014 the Teen Titans hit a milestone for being around for 50 years. The Teen Titans debuted in issue #54 of The Brave and the Bold, created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. The team in that issue included Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad. Wonder Girl was also first introduced in issue #60 of The Brave and the Bold and the team was called the Teen Titans for the first time in that issue. Speedy joined later on in issue #4 of the regular Teen Titans title.

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Having multiple successful runs of comics, most notably the Marv Wolfman and George Perez run, and having hit shows like Teen Titans and Teen Titans Go which is currently airing on Cartoon Network, there has been no mention of the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest teams ever created. I find it interesting that as DC just relaunched Teen Titans in the right month and totally missed a great marketing campaign to do variant covers celebrating the occasion and giving the book's relaunch an even bigger push other than the controversial cover by Kenneth Rocafort.

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I reached out to DC via social media but have yet to hear a response. What do you guys think, would you have liked to see a celebration of the Teen Titans? Do you think DC could still pull something off before the end of the year?

UPDATE: DC Comics are publishing a 50th Anniversary volume of Teen Titans entitled Teen Titans: A Celebration of 50 Years in hardcover on November 5th at 400 pages and $75.00. So, there is that and yes, that's entirely fitting to celebrate the body of work. However, wouldn't we like a little more media around this including other ways of celebrating the anniversary? Maybe it's time for a hashtag #moreteentitans50th

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Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. Independent comics scholar and former English Professor. Writing books on magic in the works of Alan Moore and the early works of Neil Gaiman.

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