The team first appeared in Brave & the Bold #60 (June-July 1965, by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani), but, as I’ve mentioned before, it felt like the Teen Titans had already been around. Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad had already worked together, and, with B&B #60, they added Wonder Girl. Now, before we get too far into the team, let’s go back and look at Wonder Girl’s history.
Well…that’s where the problem starts. Wonder Girl’s adventures in Wonder Woman’s title…were stories of Wonder Woman as a girl! Great Hera, has there been some trickery here?
This confused everyone....
Don’t feel too bad about that though, Wonder Girl had been picked up by the Teen Titans at that point (though she didn’t have an alter ego…
...and, if anyone had thought about it, she really couldn’t have been around…but then, she was the one that gave the team the Titans part of their name!).
So, Donna was Diana after all...
...more or less!
Then, Speedy worked with the Teen Titans in Teen Titans #4 and in Teen Titans #11, eventually taking the place of Aqualad in Teen Titans #19, wherein he was a regular member of the team.
This included being a part of 3 Titans team-ups with Batman in Brave & the Bold and one with Superman in World’s Finest Comics #205).
He even worked with Deathstroke and Cheshire in a villainous grouping that called themselves Titans for a time…
...until Flashpoint restarted the universe, and now he works with Red Hood and Starfire (with some of his history altered…as Donna doesn’t seem to be, nor were the Titans formed until recently).
War And Peace
...until a mysterious voice gave them the power to change into super powered being, when they said the names of the symbol which they represented, aggressive, war-like Hank became the Hawk, and peaceful, thinker Don becoming Dove.
The boys joined the Teen Titans in #25, just as the team failed an important mission, and nearly disbanded, but instead reformed under philanthropist Mr. Jupiter, who helped the kids on missions (albeit, without costumes for a time, but more on him later…as he brought in a few new members as well). The plainclothes adventures didn’t last long, the two left after facing Aqualad’s foe, Ocean Master.
The boys had grown up and tried to establish themselves, but briefly rejoined the team to help form Titans West (Teen Titans #50-52, 1977), and even helped out during one case involving many heroes (including the Teen Titans) in Showcase #100 (May, 1978).
Dawn Granger was the new Dove, and got her powers from the voices (voices…yes, there were more than one, and that was explained with a little help from their foe, Kestrel) during issues #14-17 of that duo’s regular run, seeing that Hawk embodied chaos and Dove, order).
That made Dove unavailable for a time...
…and Hank took on a series of villains' identities until things were set right in the JSA.
Strangely, Hawk & Dove continued into the New 52, seemingly without any changes (though much of their Titans history had become…history), and lasted 8 issues until that run was cancelled.
...and so many Titans joined they had to keep some of them on a separate coast. But, time enough for that later!