"The Return of the Teen Titans": This story is reprinted from Showcase #59.
Appearing in "The Return of the Teen Titans"
- Joe's motorcycle
Synopsis for "The Return of the Teen Titans"
This story is reprinted from Showcase #59.
The Flips are a new teenage rock 'n' roll trio that has taken the country by storm, each with their very own gimmick: Jack with his tricked out motorcycle, Joe with his special surfboard, and Jill with her baton. They have generated a legion of fans, including the individual members of the Teen Titans. The teenagers of the town of Clarkston are excited about a coming Flips show, however the anticipation for the show is marred when the Flips apparently robs a jewelry store that night after a gig in another town. In spite of police intervention, the Flips appear to get away with the crime.
Later, the Flips are brought to the police station where they deny that they had anything to do with the robbery. When they explain where they were, the Flips tell how their driver went a strange way to their hotel, however when the Flips questioned the driver about it he suddenly got out of the car and ran off into the woods, naturally the police pan the story and they are put on bail.
The kids of Clarkstown are upset when the mayor decides that he doesn't want criminals to be performing in their town, even if the concert is to benefit an underprivileged teenager's college tuition. Feeling that the Flips were framed, the kids contact the Teen Titans to investigate. The Titans meet with the mayor of Clarkstown and promise that while the Flips are in town playing they will insure that no crime happen. In spite of their best efforts to prevent the Flips from leaving their hotel room and keeping them away from their gimmicked props, it appears as though the Flips some how break free and steal back their devices and use them to cause havoc across town.
The Teen Titans fail to stop the Flips from robbing a bank, however they still give them chase across town. Each time they are about to catch a member of the Flips, the Titans are tripped up. Finally, they manage to knock out Jack and Jill however Joe manages to escape with the loot. Wonder Girl finds the unconscious Jack and Jill and unmasks them revealing that they truly are the members of the Flips, and not impostors. Taking them to the Clarkson police station, the two Flip members revive and have no memory of what happened, shortly after Joe arrives equally unable to remember what happened. The furious mayor however, orders the concert cancelled and the Flips to be arrested. The Flips plea the Teen Titans to help clear their names.
After some consideration, it suddenly revealed that "new evidence" has been found making the Flips innocent and that they would be putting on a concert. Just before the show, a bunch of impostors arrive in the Flips dressing room to take their places, however when they steal the receipts from the show, they find that their devices have all been tampered with and they are easily defeated by Robin. Robin unmasks them as criminals posing as members of the Flips, and then reveals that the "Flips" they really took prisoner were members of the Titans in disguise, the real Flips were really in a jail cell, proving their innocence.
With the crooks defeated, the Flips put on their show and both they and the Titans are praised by the teenagers of Clarkstown.
Appearing in "The Boy Who Lost Touch With the World"
- Gang of Crooks
- Tommy Davis (Final appearance)
Synopsis for "The Boy Who Lost Touch With the World"
This story is reprinted from The Flash #164.
While searching for plants in the woods for botany class, Wally West witnesses his classmate Tommy Davis endangered by a falling boulder. He goes into action as Kid Flash only to see the boulder pass harmlessly through Tommy. Somehow Tommy has become invisible and intangible, visible only to Kid Flash's super fast eyes.
Tommy suspects that a lab experiment is responsible for his condition. He takes Kid Flash to his father's lab where they discover a robbery in progress. Kid Flash stops the crooks and realizes that his own speed has caused Tommy's condition. Kid Flash then uses his vibrations to cure Tommy.
One of the crooks went unnoticed by Kid Flash and follows Tommy, hoping to learn the secret of invisiblity. Tommy begins to suspect that Wally is Kid Flash and calls his friend just as the crook strikes. Kid Flash comes to his rescue, then covers his own secret by appearing to be on the other end of the phone line at the same time as Wally.
Appearing in "The Monster Machine"
- Monster Machine
- Leggy the Octopus
Synopsis for "The Monster Machine"
- Synopsis not yet written.
Appearing in "Mer-Boy vs. Bird-Boy"
Synopsis for "Mer-Boy vs. Bird-Boy"
This story is reprinted from Wonder Woman #144.
Wonder Woman, exhausted by the many demands upon her and disheartened by people’s perception of her as a “fighting machine”, succumbs to despair, wishing she could find someone who appreciates her for herself.
Appearing in "The Secret Olympic Heroes"
- Agents of DIABLO (Single appearance)
- Kravik (Single appearance)
- David Bradley
- Ted Bradley
- Trick Arrows
- Various Sports Equipment
- Passenger Jet
Synopsis for "The Secret Olympic Heroes"
This story is reprinted from Teen Titans #4.
In the spring of 1964, young sprinter Davey Bradley wins his recent race making him a competitor in the coming Olympics, however after crossing the finish line Davey just keeps on running. News of Bradley's victory makes national news gaining the attention of the Teen Titans. Robin believes the boy has some serious problems. As fate would have it they are contacted by Davey's father who pleads for the Titans to find his son because he feels he is good enough to compete in the Olympics and, moreover, his father believes his boy could win the gold medal.
After deciding to help the Bradley's out, their alarm goes off and when investigating the Titans learn that their base has been infiltrated by Speedy, the Green Arrow's sidekick. Speedy has come to join the Teen Titans and had learned of the location of their base through the Justice League, he explains that he wants to help the Titans out as well because he too will be participating in the Olympics, however just to put on a trick archery demonstration. He explains that he needs the Titans aid because earlier while he was practicing he was attacked by a man from an organization called Diablo, who wished to try and sabotage his arrows in a bid to ruin the Olympics. The Titans decide to take on this case at the same time as trying to find Bradley.
Out on patrol, Wonder Girl traces Davey's trail and saves him from a pack of hobos, however the boy refuses to return. When Davey's father asks for a progress report, Robin explains the situation and that Davey doesn't find running as important as his father does. This causes the elder Bradley to lose his temper and Robin sends him away. This worries Davey who doesn't want to disappoint his father but also doesn't want to run. Robin assures the boy that he has a plan.
Later, the Teen Titans arrive in Tokyo, Japan for the Olympics and arrive to much fanfare. When signing autographs Robin suddenly realizes one of the autograph books he is signing is rigged to explode and throws it in the air, commanding Speedy to shoot it with an arrow to send it higher into the air where it explodes safely. With Davey joining them in disguise the Titans go to the training camp where all the competitors are staying. There Davey hears his fellows bemoan his abandonment and also runs into Kravik, a rival runner from another country. Later, when one of the houses is vandalized, accusing the occupants as cheaters, causing some of the competitors to come to blows, the Titans reveal that it was really done by members of the Diablo organization.
Later when Davey is practicing his running, he is confronted by his father who thinks he recognizes his son, but falls for his disguise and openly calls his son a quitter, upsetting Davey. Davey decides to actually compete in the Olympics and he and Speedy agree to train in the stadium that night. Meanwhile, the other Titans are looking for members of the Diablo organization and try to stop them from sabotaging the Olympic Torch, but find themselves knocked out by sleeping gas. They are shackled to a giant mock up of the Olympic rings that Speedy intends to light on fire with trick arrows as part of the ceremony. When the Titans find themselves about to be torched when Speedy practices this stunt, Davey spots what's going on and out runs the flanking members of Diablo to stop Speedy before he can light his teammates on fire. Speedy quickly subdues the members of Diablo and frees his fellow Titans.
The next day, after the opening ceremonies, Davey competes in the 400 meter sprint and wins third place. When a disappointed Davey confronts his father, however his father is still proud of his son especially after being told about how he helped save the Teen Titans and the two reconcile.
- Although it may appear like a Silver Age Annual, this one-shot was actually a 1999 replica edition of a book that was never actually published.
- "The Monster Machine" is the only original story in this issue. All other features are reprints. The story consists of cartoon cels from the old Filmation Adventures TV show are adapted to comic form. It keeps the altered-for-TV uniforms and colors.
- "The Return of the Teen Titans" was originally printed in Showcase #59.
- "The Boy Who Lost Touch With the World" was originally printed in The Flash #164.
- "Mer-Boy vs. Bird-Boy" was originally printed in Wonder Woman #144. Its inclusion in this annual is slightly mis-placed as the Wonder Girl featured in this story is actually a teenage Wonder Woman (from the "Impossible Stories" alternate earth), not Donna Troy.
- "The Secret Olympic Heroes" was originally printed in Teen Titans #4.
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Links and References
- Titans Tower Complete Guide
- Teen Titans at Wikipedia.org
- Teen Titans at Hyperborea
- Teen Titans at Toonopedia