The New Teen Titans ongoing 1981 (issues 3-14)

Issue #3

Cover Date: January 1981
Subtitle: The Fearsome Five
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Frank Chiaramonte
Storyline: Dr. Light completed the lineup for his new "Fearsome Five" with Mammoth and Shimmer (Gizmo and Psimon were already on his team).
Starfire told the rest of the Titans that she'd not seen her family in six earth years - she'd been forced into slavery to end a war against the Citadel. Raven appeared to call the team into action; Kid Flash decked Robin for questioning the mysterious girl. The Titans attacked the Fearsome Five, who appeared to be waiting for them. After trapping their attackers, the Five - for unknown reasons - left.
Safely at the new headquarters each Titan had been invited to, Raven told the group about her vision of Trigon the Terrible. Somehow, both the Fearsome Five and the JLA were tied to Trigon (an interdimensional being).
Psimon, who'd been transformed into what he was by Trigon, took over leadership of the group and contacted the Titans. They went after the Fearsome Five head-on. Raven tried to stop them and stayed behind with Kid Flash. Raven told him they were getting pounded, and Kid Flash rushed in. He quickly went down, too. The Fearsome Five had defeated the new Teen Titans.


Issue #4

Cover Date: February 1981
Subtitle: Against all Friends
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The JLA - Zatanna, Green Lantern, Batman, Hawkman, the Atom, and Wonder Woman - left their satellite when Zatanna had a premonition. En route to earth, they encountered three mystics performing a ceremony. A fight ensued; Raven tried to stop them so the ceremony could continue.
Raven teleported to the Temple of Azarath, where she tried to get her mother's help in the battle against Trigon. Arella refused and sent her home. Raven found herself back at the tower; her team had no memories of the Fearsome Five. They watched the Titans through a device planted in Cyborg by Gizmo. With Psimon in control, the rest of the group planned his demise after they defeated the Justice League.
Hawkman told the rest of his group they were about to have company. Wonder Girl, Robin, and Kid Flash arrived and attacked. Robin let the rest of his team enter. Batman realized they were somehow being mind-controlled. Both the Titans and JLA were teleported to the magicians going up against Trigon. The JLA told the Titans that Raven had come to them; Zatanna told them she was using her magic to make Kid Flash love her.
The two groups walked away.


Issue #5

Cover Date: March 1981
Subtitle: Trigon Lives
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: No longer with help from the new Teen Titans, Raven spoke to Trigon. She promised him she would stop him, even if it meant her own death. Due to having his mind tampered with, Kid Flash threatened to quit the team. She sent her soul self to the team in hopes of getting their attention - she was being attacked by one of Trigon's monsters. Kid Flash and Cyborg refused to go with the rest of the group. Cyborg was able to use reverse-psychology and convince Kid Flash to join the rest of the team in battle. Cyborg followed him. After the Titans defeated his Goronn, Trigon arrived on Earth. The team learned the demon was Raven's father.
Psimon arrived; Trigon dissipated his atoms. He then destroyed Goronn. The Titans found themselves back at their tower. They regrouped and went after the rampaging Trigon. Raven went to Azarath and was followed by her father. She summoned the Titans. Once they were all at the temple, Raven propositioned her father. She told him she would rule at his side if he would leave Earth's dimension and never return. He accepted and the two vanished.


Issue #6

Cover Date: April 1981
Subtitle: Last Kill
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Trigon and Raven landed on his home planet. When a small child in the audience thought he was a monster, Trigon killed her. They made way for his castle. Once inside, one of his people told him of an uprising on a nearby planet. Trigon used his cosmic cannon to destroy the world. He then told his daughter Earth would be next.
Raven's mother told the Teen Titans about her past - she'd been abandoned as an infant and grew up unfulfilled. She turned to the occult and was taken by Trigon as his bride. After becoming pregnant, he tossed her aside and killed the rest of her cult. She attempted suicide and was taken in by her new people.
The Titans convinced the people of Azarath to help them get to Trigon's world. Arella, Raven's mother, went with them knowing she could never again return home. They found Trigon, and working together, defeated him. Arella sacrificed herself to be a block so he could never return to their dimension.


Issue #7

Cover Date: May 1981
Subtitle: Assault on Titans' Tower
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The Titans returned from Azarath and headed to the Tower. Kid Flash, still confused over the whole situation, told them he needed to go get his head straight.
Psimon was able to get himself together enough to appear as an apparition to the rest of the Fearsome Five (actually four). He convinced them he was being controlled by Trigon and had not acted according to his own will. Back home, they found their tower had been intruded upon. Raven went in to investigate and was taken down by Dr. Light. While the rest of his team took on the Titans, Dr. Light got Psimon back into reality. They discovered the tower's architect - Silas Stone, Cyborg's estranged father. The Titans came out on top; Victor spoke with his dad. He explained what had happened to him and his mother. An experiment had gone wrong. His mother was killed; Victor and his father were injured. His father was able to get the cybernetic parts and give his son life, but he'd been stricken ill and was dying. Cyborg forgave him and began to mend their relationship. Three months later, Silas Stone died.


Issue #8

Cover Date: June 1981
Subtitle: A Day in the Lives
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Kori met Donna at the photography studio for lunch. She was introduced to Donna's date, Terry Long. She quickly learned that Starfire was a natural model. Robin left the tower for a work out at the circus, then he planned on going back to Gotham City. Raven's soul self took down some terrorists while she checked out a nearby university.
Gar got a call - a second Dayton Industries employee had been killed. He left Vic's house and returned home. After getting the cold shoulder from his old girlfriend, Vic took a walk in the park. He happened upon a baseball game being played by children who all had prosthetic parts. Their teacher, Sarah Simms, invited him to join them.
Another Dayton man was killed, this one by a puppet.


Issue #9

Cover Date: July 1981
Subtitle: Like Puppets on a String
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: A forth Dayton Industries board member was murdered by the time Gar got home. Once inside, one of his own toys took a shot at him. He called Robin for help. The next day, Changeling and Robin toured Dayton and were introduced to Project Promethium. They learned that the man once known as the Puppeteer was now working at Dayton and was their lead suspect. At the man's home, they ran into (and escaped) a trap.
As Victor and Raven left their class with the handicapped children, Cyborg was attacked by a toy Batman. The Puppeteer gained control of him. Raven escaped and sent her soul self to warn the others.
Kid Flash, Starfire, and Wonder Girl arrived on scene and were blasted by Cyborg. The Puppeteer gained control of them. Raven went to Robin and Changeling. The mind-controlled Titans caught up with them and attacked. Kid Flash vibrated to get himself away from Changeling and broke free of the Puppeteer. He was able to get the rest back to normal, and the team went after their attacker. He escaped by sending his troops against them.
Deathstroke set Dayton Industries on fire and stole the plans for Project Promethium.


Issue #10

Cover Date: August 1981
Subtitle: Promethium Unbound
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Deathstroke met with his people who had been going over the Project Promethium notes.
A US ship carrying a thermonuclear device was attacked by unknown assailants.
Gar Logan talked with Vic Stone about his past. He'd contracted a rare disease as a child. The treatment turned him green and enabled him to change forms. His parents were killed in a canoeing accident and he was adopted by two members of the Doom Patrol. Robotman was the only surviving member, and he spent his time searching out Gar's adoptive parents.
Deathstroke sniped Starfire out of the sky. When she crash-landed, they began to battle it out. During the fight, he got a transmitter on her. He escaped while she was forced to save innocent bystanders. Through her, he made his ultimatum to the Teen Titans: he had Cyborg's friend, Sarah Simms. If they didn't show up, he'd kill her. The trade was made - them for her. He set up the auction for the Promethium plans and demonstrated the bomb with the one he stole from the aircraft carrier. The Titans were the target. They beat the bomb and went after Deathstroke, who'd just killed the two HIVE members (who'd killed the other bidders). Deathstroke escaped, leaving Changeling on his death bed.


Issue #11

Cover Date: September 1981
Subtitle: When Titans Clash
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The female Titans (Raven, Wonder Girl, and Starfire) were dropped off at Paradise Island with Gar. They hoped he could be helped there. Below, in Tartarus, Hyperion awakened. He began soaking up the sun's rays, blocking it from getting to the island. Wonder Girl went after him, but he seduced her. Starfire and Raven were blasted away.
Hyperion began his journey to free his brothers and sisters; the Amazons prepared to wage ware on the Titans of Myth. Days later, they arrived at the scene where Hyperion had successfully freed the Titans. Donna told them all she was with them by choice. The Titans of Myth disappeared en route to Mt. Olympus.


Issue #12

Cover Date: October 1981
Subtitle: Clash of the Titans
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The Titans of Myth and the Olympian gods began their war. The Titans of Myth were victorious and the Amazons reached the pinnacle of Mt. Olympus. Donna was questioned by her mother and fellow Titans. She realized that the "peace" Cronus offered was servitude to him - not free will. Another battle began. The Titans of Myth realized their reign must fall to their children and willingly returned to Tartarus, vowing to turn it into a paradise.
Gar awakened.


Issue #13

Cover Date: November 1981
Subtitle: Friends and Foes Alike
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Donna, still raging about the Hyperion incident, took out her aggressions on a street gang. She headed home to Paradise Island, where Starfire had just won a gladiator-like tournament. The lab where Gar was being treated suffered an explosion. They found him in shape of a dinosaur. He had been maddened by the power of the Amazon medicine, but Raven restored his mind.
Kid Flash, Cyborg, and Robin found the Doom Patrol's Robotman - in pieces. Cyborg was able to get him back functional. He led them to the underground city run by Madame Rouge and Zhal. They rescued Steve Dayton and prepared the jet to return home. Rouge and Zhal looked on approvingly.


Issue #14

Cover Date: December 1981
Subtitle: Revolution
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The female Titans arrived at the scene with Changeling in tow. Raven found mental blockage in Dayton, who continued to jabber on about his "Mento" suit. They let him put it on and he attacked them. The Titans spread out and forced him to fight a battle on multiple fronts. Raven was able to get into his mind and destroy the programming.
Dayton recounted the formation of the Doom Patrol, but could not remember anything that had happened in the last year. An earthquake occurred and the Titans witnessed the underground fortress surface and take flight. Changeling was able to grab on to it while the other Titans boarded their jet.
The flying fortress attacked a small island country in the Baltic named Zandia. The robot soldiers overwhelmed and captured the Titans save for Changeling, who was captured by the Brotherhood of Evil.


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