At DC Comics, Batman had Robin, Green Arrow had Speedy, Sandman had Sandy, Stripsey had the Star-Spangled Kid, and so forth. Kids even gathered to fight crime (or the war) with the Newsboy Legion and the Boy Commandos (they weren’t super-heroes, though the Newsboys worked with the Guardian, an adult who was). The Newsboy Legion, Boy Commandos and Sandy even teamed-up in Detective Comics #76 (June 1943, by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon) to fight Nazis (along with Sandman and the Guardian).
Sadly, there was never a real gathering of the sidekicks of the Justice Society of America (even though there was a Junior Justice Society made of fans!).
This is NOT an appearance of the Teen Titans, but just the three kids (Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad – three of the five charter Teen Titans, and well, the other two being Speedy and Wonder Girl, if you didn’t know) first working together to stop the menace of Mr. Twister in Hatton Corners. (Remember Brom Stikk aka Mr. Twister…he does indeed pop up later!) These kids first meet and stop the menace to the small town…all without the help of their famous partners.
But, before getting ahead of ourselves, let’s meet the future Titans!
The Boy Wonder
The Fastest Kid Alive!
Meeting the Flash changed young Wally’s life…as the lab accident that happened to Barry was repeated with the lad, and he too gained super-speed.
At first, taking the name of Kid Flash, Wally wore a costume similar to his idol (but smaller), until it was changed into the look better know with Flash #135 (March, 1963, also by Broome and Infantino)…pretty much the way it happened on the cover. Establishing his independence from his mentor was the first step this speedy lad needed to prepare himself for joining a group as his mentor did when he co-founded the Justice League!
Prince of the Seas
This all happened with Brave and the Bold #54….but, even after defeating Mr. Twister, the youngsters didn’t form the Teen Titans. Their next appearance en masse (and the first appearance of the Teen Titans) was in Brave and the Bold #60 (June-July 1965, also by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani), and it also included Wonder Girl (who was making her first appearance here as well, as a younger partner of Wonder Woman that Diana and her mother, Hippolyta, allowed to leave Paradise Island and join the boys in this adventure)….as the already formed team was facing the menace of the Separated Man in the town of Midville!
But, who was Wonder Girl? And, weren’t there other heroes around with sidekicks that could have been members? And what of the young hero, Superboy?
Well, those answers came later, and, thus, we’ll take a break here and bring you those answers sometime in the future as well!