Browsing: New Teen Titans

In my last column, I explored what comic books wanted to be when they grow up. Well, there was one thing I didn’t get into so I thought I would talk about it this time on a holiday weekend in the States—what I refer to as “the importance of reading.”

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Sometimes, you want to convey two things at once, but you still want that cool one-word name.  Fortunately, there’s a solution for that.  Welcome to Ten Things: Ten Portmanteau Super Names!

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In 1973, ‘The Brady Bunch’ welcomed a new addition, a young boy named Oliver. It was a truly bad idea that somehow still ends up being reused over and over. Welcome to Ten Things: Ten Cousin Oliver Characters!

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In 1984, or so the story goes, DC Comics was in dire straits. The company was bleeding money, very few of their iconic characters seemed very relavant, and there were, apparently, rumors that DC would be no more within months… Then, Marv Wolfman and George Perez launched ‘The New Teen Titans,’ a book that took DC’s kid sidekicks, added a dash of X-Men-style plotting, and managed to generate a bona fide classic (and, some say, bringing DC back from the brink.)

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