"The Perilous Capers of the Terrible Teen": Meeting at the Titans Lair, the Teen Titans read a letter from their teammate Speedy who thanks them for their aid against the Diablo organization. Robin next reads a letter from Dr. Paul Turner of the Lacklock Camp who asks for the Titans aid because
Appearing in "The Perilous Capers of the Terrible Teen"
- Ant (First appearance)
- Lazlo Krask
- Danny Whit (Single appearance)
- Paul Turner (Single appearance)
Synopsis for "The Perilous Capers of the Terrible Teen"
Meeting at the Titans Lair, the Teen Titans read a letter from their teammate Speedy who thanks them for their aid against the Diablo organization. Robin next reads a letter from Dr. Paul Turner of the Lacklock Camp who asks for the Titans aid because some of the kids attending the camp have gotten into trouble with the law, and so the Titans decide to go to Lacklock Camp to investigate.
Arriving at the camp, they learn that Lacklock Camp is actually an open concept juvenile detention centre where Dr. Turner hopes that facilitating an environment of trust and openness can help the trouble kids sent to his camp. After meeting with the kids and signing autographs, the Titans are taken into Turner's office where he shows them reports about a new costumed criminal called the Ant who had appeared shortly after the disappearance of a boy at the cam named Eddie Whit who's father was a circus strong man and the likely suspect. Turner fears that if it is really Whit it would look bad toward his camp and that people trying to shut it down may gain sway in succeeding in their task thinking that Turner's methods are too soft. The Titans agree to take the case after overhearing some of the boys thinking about turning back toward crime after hearing of Eddie's apparent resurfaced criminal behavior.
Later that night while patrolling a nearby city the Teen Titans come across the Ant just after he committed a robbery. Attacking him, the Titans are ill prepared for his special costume, and the Ant makes fools out of the Titans before making an escape by hitching a ride on the roof of a subway train.
Deciding to check out Eddi's apartment, they arrive and find that the only person present is his younger brother Danny. When Eddie returns home the Titans question him while Kid Flash quickly stakes out the property, and finds a locked up room with an Ant costume inside. Telling Robin, the Boy Wonder excuses Danny from the room and they confront Eddie about his being the Ant. Eddie denies the claim and then attacks the Titans, making his way to his costume stash changing into the Ant and making his escape. Returning to his apartment, the Titans are confronted by Danny who overheard the whole thing and professes his brothers innocence.
To prove this, he takes the Titans to the Zenith Caterer building where Eddie works. Staking it out they find that it's really a front for Lazlo Krask and his gang who have been extorting Eddie to go into action as the Ant due to some incriminating evidence. Danny is at first disappointed that his brothers gotten involved in crime again, however Robin assures him that they will find out what Krask has on his brother, and if possible -- clear his name if he is innocent of any wrong doing.
Following Krask's gang and the Ant to a charity picnic that the Ant robs, the Titans rig it so that the get away vehicle is being driven by Danny. Confronting his brother, Eddie tells Danny that Krask had evidence proving that Danny was a member of the Sharks gang and in order to keep his brother out of trouble, Eddie agreed to become the Ant. Realizing it was all a lie to exploit Eddie's abilities, he allows Kid Flash to take the stolen money and return it to the charity.
When Krask's gang tries to kill Eddie and Danny, the Teen Titans have them led to Camp Lacklock where the Titans deliver the gang a humiliating defeat in front of all the teens to witness. After Krask's gang is defeated the truth is revealed and Dr. Turner tells Eddie that he is still proud and agrees to help him through the legal proceeding that will result as of this capture.
- This issue is indexed in The Official Teen Titans Index #1.
- This issue is reprinted in Silver Age Teen Titans Archives, Volume 1, Showcase Presents: Teen Titans Vol. 1, and Brave and the Bold (Volume 1) #114.
- Titans Lair is identified by name for the first time in this issue.
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