7) THE HERALDHeraldMal Duncan had several identities in his time with the Teen Titans, including a revamped version of The Guardian, but perhaps the most inexplicable was his time as The Herald aka The Hornblower.  Acquiring an artifact known as Gabriel’s Horn, which allowed him the ability to warp realities, Mal fought evil with it until it was stolen.  (Sudden starts and stops are a common factor of 70s DC Comics, thanks to changing creative teams.)  In the post-Crisis continuity, he built the horn using technology, but the best take is that of the Teen Titans cartoon series, where it’s very clearly designed to be a trumpet and Mal is given the only decent costume of his entire superheroic career.

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