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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 152

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the acclaimed one-shot story of New Teen Titans, “Who is Donna Troy?” by Marv Wolfman, George Perez and Romeo Tanghal…


Very early on, New Teen Titans #38 lets you know that this is issue is different from typical issues of Titans, just look at the opening pages…

The story revolves around Terry Long, the fiance of Robin’s Titans teammate, Donna Troy, asking him to look into Donna’s past for their wedding…

After Dick gets her permission…

It’s cool to see Dick acting like a real detective in the issue (Wolfman has him refer to himself as a teenaged Ellery Queen – cute).

The doll leads them to a toymaker who used to fix up dolls for an orphanage. They track down the head of the orphanage, who recognizes the doll and Donna…

this leads them to a heartfelt reunion with Donna’ first adoptive mother…

I won’t spoil the rest of the issue, but note that there is still a lot of coolness in the issue, including…

1. Robin being Batman-esque with a crook

2. A graveside farewell


3. A nice piece of introspection by Robin to close out the issue

Perez and Tanghal did a nice job mixing up the artistic vibe of the comic to match Wolfman’s story (Perez, of course, also co-plotted – that should be noted).

A classic “done in one” issue whose plot would sadly become a bit moot by the post-Crisis reboot of Wonder Woman, leading to a whole lot more Donna Troy origins over the years.

But this one I would definitely say is the best one!


Tom Fitzpatrick

June 2, 2010 at 5:32 am

I remember this one. It was kind of also heart-breaking, because you could feel for Donna Troy.

I also believe that the next issue was the last appearance of Dick Grayson as Robin.

This was a fantastic issue, and really very moving. I got choked up just reading these excerpts again. Superb art from Perez and Tanghal.

Loved this story.

And of course, within the next two decades Donna would lose everything from her husband and kid to anything remotely coherent about her backstory. Thanks DC.

was hoping this story would show up on the list for found it nice and heart breaking for Donna finaly learned about who she is. only to lose some she loved to tragedy. too bad dc has wound up changing Donna’s origin so much that the character has become so bogged down in confusion. that this story now does not count as Donna true origin

Probably one of my very favourite comic stories period , and the story that cemented Dick Grayson as one of my favourite comic book characters ever.

Oh, and here’s a bit of trivia for you: Perez inked his own pencils on the framing sequence at the beginning and end of Dick in his office

One issue…! That’s like eight modern issues.

Yeah, these old Teen Titan issues were good stuff. TT was the only DC mag I would even look at back in the day (I was relentlessly biased against DC during my childhood – I imagined all of their books read like “the Super Friends” and ended up missing out on some good comics as a result). George Perez impresses me more and more the more I learn about him.

Funny that the adoptive mother of Donna Troy had the last name of “Stacey” at one point.

Great choice. It is my favorite issue of the Wolfman-Perez run on TEEN TITANS. Every detail is perfect. I love how the colors slowly warm over the first page as the sun rises. The colors shift from cool to warm just as Dick pulls Donna’s photo from the drawer. Five panels later, we are reminded that Dick and Donna are not romantically involved with the shot of Starfire’s photo. Not one word and the relationships are perfectly established in under two pages.

No other medium can do that.

I loved this story as a kid, not least because it was the only (AFAIK) significant comics story to be based in Newport News, Virginia, my home town.

One of my favourite parts of this story is a short sequence depicting Wonder Woman’s rescue of baby Donna from a burning building (that’s if I’m remembering correctly). It’s just a few panels but it manages to perfectly capture Diana’s majesty and kindness. Beautiful.

The other thing for me that made this story emotional was it was no secret the love that Dick had for Donna… you could feel his anguish as he well through all those dead ends while putting the pieces together for Donna.

THIS was well done…and should be the template for superhero detective stories…..

Too bad it has been erased by Superboy-Prime’s reality punches…. *insert angry face here*

Historically amazons have always hated men.. unless they wear turtlenecks.

For some one who lived in the eighties and bought the comic as it came out it was one of those moments in life you remember where you where when you when you got it and red it one of the best and most put together chacater issues out there and so well thought out with concerning the past and futures of the characaters . Just brillent and so ahead of its time

I was hoping Donna would turn out to be somehow related to Terry Long, so they wouldn’t have been able to get married .

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