12 years ago - A group of Teen heroes become the original Teen Titans. Team Members: 14-year-old Dick Grayson, 12-year-old Garth 14-year-old Wally West
11 years ago - Donna Troy & Roy Harper join. Team Members: 15-year-old Dick Grayson, 13-year-old Garth 15-year-old Wally West, 17-year-old Donna Troy, 14-year-old Roy Harper
10 years ago - Rachel Roth is taught about her father by her mother after the death of the mystic Azar. She takes the name Raven, swearing to stop her father. She travels to Earth & assembles a new Teen Titans who succeed in trapping Trigon in an interdimensional prison. They are almost defeated by 46-year-old Slade Wilson. Team Members: 16-year-old Rachel Roth, 16-year-old Dick Grayson, 16-year-old Wally West, 18-year-old Vic Stone, 15-year-old Koriand'r, 12-year-old Gar Logan, 18-year-old Donna Troy
9 years ago - Tara Markov infiltrates the Titans. Joseph Wilson joins to help them defeat Deathstroke. The Titans helps 17-year-old Mal Duncan battle the beings that forged his Horn. Team Members: 17-year-old Rachel Roth, 17-year-old Dick Grayson, 17-year-old Wally West, 19-year-old Vic Stone, 16-year-old Koriand'r, 13-year-old Gar Logan, 19-year-old Donna Troy, 16-year-old Tara Markov, 18-year-old Joseph Wilson
8 years ago - 18-year-old Raven is overwhelmed by her father Trigon. She manages to manipulate the Titans to defeat her, allowing them to finally defeat him so she appears to ascend to a higher plane. 16-year-old Betty Kane meets the Titans and decides to dedicate herself to joining them, but the team is betrayed by 17-year-old Tara Markov. 19-year-old Joseph Wilson tries to hold the Titans together, but is killed by 48-year-old Slade Wilson. The Titans are disbanded.
6 years ago - With 16-year-old Gar Logan's permission, Betty Kane recruits her own new team of Teen Titans. Most of the team is killed in the Quroc Bombing. Only Betty Kane, Toni Moretti, & Karen Beecher survive to be saved by Gar & the Doom Patrol. Team Members (before Quroc): 18-year-old Betty Kane, 15-year-old Toni Moretti, 16-year-old Eddie Bloomberg, 19-year-old Karen Beecher, 20-year-old Mal Duncan, 16-year-old Miriam Delgado, 15-year-old Danny Chase, 17-year-old Hank & Don Hall.
5 years ago - Roy Harper creates an entirely new Titans, with 34-year-old Ray Palmer serving as science adviser specifically to track and bring in the international criminal Cheshire. Team Members: 20-year-old Roy Harper, 16-year-old Kara Zor-el, 12-year-old Bart Allen, 19-year-old Jesse Chambers, 16-year-old Toni Moretti, 22-year-old Kyle Rayner, 23-year-old Donna Troy
4 years ago - the original Teen Titans reform as the Titans, along with a few new members. Team Members: 22-year old Dick Grayson, 22-year-old Wally West, 21-year-old Roy Harper, 24-year-old Garth, 24-year-old Donna Troy, 19-year-old Jesse Chambers, 17-year-old Toni Moretti, 21-year-old Koriand'r, 24-year-old Vic Stone.
3 years ago - 25-year-old Donna Troy dies in battle with a rogue superman android. 21-year-old Jesse Chambers & 18-year-old Toni Moretti are injured, and the Titans disband. Vic Stone creates a new Teen Titans from the members of Young Justice, asking Koriand'r & Gar Logan to move into the new tower & becoming a mentors to the new members. The team battles 53-year-old Slade Wilson, who shoots Bart Allen in the knee with a shotgun. Raven's soul is recalled from it's extraplanar existence to be imprisoned in a newly grown body grown by the Blood Cult, in order for her to become the consort of Brother Blood. she is saved by the new Titans and joins them. Team Members: 25-year-old Vic Stone, 16-year-old Tim Drake, 15-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, 14-year-old Bart Allen, 16-year-old Virgil Hawkins, Conner Kent, 22-year-old Koriand'r, 19-year-old Gar Logan, 18-year-old Raven
2 years ago - Mia Dearden joins the Teen Titans. 20-year-old Gar Logan brings the Titans to help the Doom Patrol recover Rita Farr. He chooses to stay with them to help his foster mother re-learn how to be human, & 19-year-old Raven goes with him. 23-year-old Koriand'r leaves to briefly join the Outsiders before returning to her home planet. Team Members: 26-year-old Vic Stone, 17-year-old Tim Drake, 16-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, 15-year-old Bart Allen, 17-year-old Virgil Hawkins, Conner Kent, 15-year-old Mia Dearden
1 year ago - Kaldur'ahm & M'gann M'orzz join the Titans. 25-year-old Dick Grayson leads all the surviving Titans into space to save 27-year-old Donna Troy from the Titans of Myth. Afterward, Tim Drake assumes leadership of the Teen Titans from 27-year-old Vic Stone. Titans Mission to Save Donna: 25-year-old Dick Grayson, 25-year-old Wally West, 24-year-old Roy Harper, 27-year-old Garth, 27-year-old Vic Stone, 24-year-old Koriand'r, 21-year-old Gar Logan, 20-year-old Raven, 18-year-old Tim Drake, 17-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, 16-year-old Bart Allen, 18-year-old Kaldur'ahm, 16-year-old Mia Dearden, 23-year-old Betty Kane, 23-year-old Jesse Chambers, 20-year-old Toni Moretti, 24-year-old Karen Beecher, 18-year-old Virgil Hawkins, 20-year-old Kara Zor-el, 26-year-old Kyle Rayner, M'gann M'orzz & Connor Kent. Team Members (after the mission): 18-year-old Tim Drake, 17-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, 16-year-old Bart Allen, 18-year-old Virgil Hawkins, Conner Kent, 16-year-old Mia Dearden, 18-year-old Kaldur'ahm, M'gann M'orzz
now - 18-year-old Cassie Sandsmark steps up to lead the Titans when 19-year-old Tim Drake leaves to find Batman. Tim later returns as Talon. Team Members: 19-year-old Tim Drake, 18-year-old Cassie Sandsmark, 17-year-old Bart Allen, 19-year-old Virgil Hawkins, Conner Kent, 17-year-old Mia Dearden, 19-year-old Kaldur'ahm, M'gann M'orzz
(Our Future Titans)
The Teen Titans really are the lifeblood of DC comics. The Justice League might have all the marquee names with their faces on billboards, but a quick glance at the history of the company will show that the Titans are the team that really matters. They set the tone for the entire line. When the Titans are performing well, DC is performing well. These characters are always and will always be central to DC's success.
The Teen Titan's Comic History
The Teen Titans first appeared in Brave & The Bold #54 in 1964. It was a deliberate attempt to reach a more youthful audience, appearing in back up stories and regularly referencing contemporary pop culture like Bob Dylan and the Beatles before eventually getting their own title. There were stories that involved socially relevant issues like inner city racism & the vietnam war, and it was a moderate success before it was eventually canceled.
The New Teen Titans debuted in 1980, a book by Marv Wolfman & George Perez. The book starred a few established characters from the original team as well as introducing several new members. This book struck the market right alongside the legendary John Byrne / Chris Claremont X-Men, and both books tapped into a storytelling style full of dynamic characters and intrigue that the industry really hasn't ever seen again. Over the years other creators came onto the book and the quality waxed and waned as it tends to do, but it left a lasting legacy that DC celebrates to this day.
There were several subsequent Titans books in the following years with varying levels of quality, but it largely became a revolving door of characters and creators. There was a resurgence of the type of storytelling that made the Titans great in the pages of an entirely separate book, Young Justice, a completely new team of brand-new teenage heroes. When Geoff Johns came on to create a new Teen Titans book of his own, he took a page from the classic Wolfman/Perez team and built something new using the members of Young Justice as his Titans, but also introduced the idea that some of the classic characters would also be on hand to serve as mentors to the young heroes. In grand Titans tradition, this lineup would slowly devolve over time as the lineup shifted and gave way to lesser characters, but Johns had managed to create a central cast of Titans that was just as strong as the one Wolfman & Perez had built. A new generation of Titans.
Ultimately, what makes these books work so well is watching the characters grow. When it's REALLY good, it's built around a core group of characters whose relationships you really care about, and the story follows them as those relationships evolve and change, and the characters mature before your eyes. This might also be the thing that makes the Titans such a weird challenge to adapt into the larger world of DC, because making these characters grow up means that EVERYONE should be growing up. DC wants it's marquee characters to be static; Batman or Superman can't really be depicted aging. This often leaves the classic Titans characters in a sort of limbo, too problematic to really be used but too awesome and popular to be ignored.
Our Teen Titans Story
There are several major story arcs and team lineups that truly define the Teen Titans. We've very carefully structured our timeline to make sure that each of these teams is front and center. There is a lot of content to draw from, and there are times when we had to struggle a little bit to get all of those stories to happen in a limited amount of time. These are supposed to be TEEN Titans after all, so these events really need to play out within a specific set of years of the characters lives.
There are quite a few other lineups of Teen Titans that have happened over the years with varying degrees of success, and we've used some of them as a basic framework for our other teams. For some reason there's a legacy of brand new Titans teams forming and then being completely wiped out in their first mission, so we used that as a way to include a bunch of classic Titan characters that we didn't really have a place for otherwise. We also built a version of the Titans from the early 90's into our timeline when Roy's leads a team to hunt for Cheshire.
Of course, our current lineup borrows heavily from the Titans rich history in animation, both from the actual Teen Titans series and in Young Justice. Both series created seminal new takes on the team and characters and their influence is felt through our entire timeline.
The Future of The Teen Titans
If there's any one truth about the Titans, it's that their membership is always changing, because these characters are always growing. Our current team is made up of kids aged 17-21, and will very soon no longer qualify for the 'teen' part of Teen Titans. This means we need our timeline set up so that we can very soon bring in a whole new generation of Titans.
All the best Titans teams have been built around a central idea; to give the current Robin a supporting cast. The two best lineups were built around Dick Grayson and Tim Drake, and it's likely no accident that these were the two best received and longest lasting Robins. It's an easy call, then, that the next generation of Titans needs to be built around the newest Robin, Damian Wayne. We've tried to specifically build this team to give Damian a framework to explore the qualities that make him unique, and to help him grow into a hero all his own. Our take on Damien has only JUST arrived on the scene so it will still be about a year before this story arc unfolds. We'll be setting up all these characters so that this next chapter in the legacy of the Teen Titans will be a great one.