7) THE PROTECTOR

One of the more interesting footnotes in comics history, The Protector was one of the leaders of the New Teen Titans back in 1983.  His appearances came in a pair of anti-drug stories featuring the then-red-hot Teen Titans, designed to teach young readers about the dangers of illegal drugs.  Reputedly, his existence as a Robin analogue (in some shots, like the one above, he is clearly draw over existing Robin figures) is due to the Keebler company’s sponsorship of the comics; at the time Batman and Robin were licensed to competitor Nabisco for cookie-sellin’ purposes.  Either way, though his appearances are few and far between, he has been explicitly designated as in-continuity by DC editorial, thanks to an appearance in ‘Who’s Who In The DC Universe’ circa 1988.

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