Podcast 124: Secret Identities #1-7

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Peter Rios (of The Daily Rios podcast) joins me to discuss the Image Comics series Secret Identities. We discuss in depth this wonderful superhero series by Brian Joines, Jay Faerber, and Ilias Kyriazis, et al.

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Podcast Episode 92: New Teen Titans Spotlight

To commemorate the New Teen Titans 35th anniversary (better late than never!), I talk about my favorite comic book series of all time!

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Acquisition Avalanche 2015, the second one!

I’ve acquired some more comics from fellow collector Dean, from Captain Comics in Boise, ID, and from eBay, so I wanted to show them to you. Thanks for watching!


RandoMonday: New Teen Titans #6

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.



New Teen Titans (1981) #6 by Marv Wolfman & George Pérez (co-creators), Pablo Marcos (guest inker), John Costanza (letterer), Jerry Serpe (colorist), Len Wein (editor), and George Pérez (cover)

This comic is cover dated April, 1981, but it would be several years before I obtained it and found out how the Titans defeated Trigon the Terrible for the first time. This issue opens just after Raven joins her father in order to spare Earth. Then, we get a lesson in just how much of a massive dick Trigon is. First, he kills a young girl for insulting him after Raven saves her, then he destroys a planet, and finally he admits to Raven that he lied to her when he told her that he would spare Earth. Meanwhile, the other Titans try to convince the Azarathians to help them, but only Raven’s mother, Arella, helps take the Titans to Trigon’s stronghold. Along the way, they, and we, learn Raven’s origin: how Arella became pregnant by Trigon, and how the Azarathians rescued her and then helped to raise and train Raven to control her emotions. The Titans then confront Trigon, but are easily defeated. Arella & Raven make their escape from Trigon’s clutches, and then Raven frees the Titans. The teen heroes develop a plan to defeat Trigon by working together, and with help and sacrifice from Arella, Trigon is banished.

I have to say, after so long between knowing the Titans battled and defeated Trigon, and actually reading how those events unfolded, I was a little disappointed. Also, when you compare this story with the second bout in the 1984 Baxter series, this one falls short. However, this is not a bad end to a grand battle against a god-like being. In fact, the somber tone that ends the story was different from most of the comics that I was reading at the time. Of course, NTT often told superhero stories a bit differently, which is one reason why I loved the series so much.

RandoMonday: New Titans #72

Here’s a comic chosen at random from my collection.


New Titans 72

New Titans #72 by Marv Wolfman (writer), Tom Grummett (penciller), Al Vey (inker), John Costanza (letterer), Tom McCraw (colorist), Jonathan Peterson (editor), and Grummett and Vey (cover)

Ahh, Titans Hunt. One of the last great Titans stories that we got from Mr. Wolfman. This issue is the second part of the story, which continues the Wildebeast Society’s take down of the Titans. This time, the Wildebeasts kill Golden Eagle, and severely wound Aqualad. While Golden Eagle was really ever just a bit player on the Titans stage, the brutal way in which he was killed, not to mention all of the blood from the fight (especially from Aqualad), impressed upon me that I was reading at least a PG-13 book for sure. Meanwhile, Deathstroke, the Terminator, having been called in to help by Steve Dayton, searches for his son after the Wildebeests took him prisoner in the previous issue. Dayton and Deathstroke find the dead Golden Eagle, and the issue ends with Aqualad having been found, but he isn’t breathing, and we’re told that next issue things will get worse.

Looking back on it now, Tom Grummett provided good superhero art, but the style doesn’t quite fit this grittier Titans story, plus, the story just went on way longer than it needed to, and the after affects of this story goes on for many issues and years after. It was truly the last great New Teen Titans story for me.