Thoughts on the New Teen Titans
I got on this train of thought when I was thinking of Roger Stern, and how good of a job he did making both the Hobgoblin and Captain Marvel (Monica Rambeau) into major figures in the Marvel Universe. That is really, really hard to do, and as noted by the fact that the latter character disappeared from prominence basically the INSTANT Stern stopped writing her, and the former character only managed to hold on for a couple of years before also disappearing into virtual irrelevance (although Tom DeFalco is doing a nice job with the Hobgoblin in Spider-Girl).
That got me to thinking about how hard it is to debut a new characters into Marvel and DC comics PERIOD.
Marv Wolfman and George Perez introduced an astonishing FOUR prominent characters in the first couple issues of New Teen Titans (Starfire, Cyborg, Raven and Deathstroke)!
In an era where creators mostly have not been willing to create new characters for Marvel or DC (and if they DO, they’re usually just new versions of, say, Superboy or Supergirl or Blue Beetle or Green Arrow or Green Lantern or whatever), Wolfman and Perez debuted four of them within the span of two issues.
That’s really amazing.