The New Teen Titans ongoing 1984 (issues 38-49, annual 3)

Issue #38

Cover Date: January 1984
Subtitle: Who is Donna Troy?
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Terry Long asked Robin for help. Donna wouldn't marry him until she'd uncovered her past. He wanted the Teen Wonder to help her out. The three got together and went through her memories. She remembered being a victim of an apartment fire, and being rescued by Wonder Woman. Since there was no record of her parents (the landlord said the apartment was not rented), Wonder Woman was appointed the girl's legal guardian, and Donna was taken to Paradise Island and raised by Hypolyte. Using their purple ray, the Amazons gave the girl their own powers.
At the ruins of the apartment building (which had been rebuilt, but was being torn down again), Robin found a doll. Wonder Girl felt a familiarity to it. The doll led him to a toy repairman, which led to an old orphanage. He tracked down the woman who'd run the orphanage and called Donna to meet him. They found the woman in a retirement home. She had answers: Donna's (which was her real name) mother gave her up for adoption - she had terminal cancer. A couple named Stacey adopted her. Donna and Dick drove to the town where they'd live and found Fay Evans (remarried widow of Carl Stacey) at a house she remembered. After her husband died, a lawyer took Donna from her and placed her in an abuse home.
As Donna relived the past with her first adoptive mother, Dick (as Robin) went to find answers about the second set of adoptive parents. The orphanage had been shut down due to illegally selling children. The lawyer's go-betweens had been the ones that died in the fire.
Dick and Donna visited her birth mother's grave. He called Kory.


Issue #39

Cover Date: February 1984
Subtitle: Cross-Roads
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: The Teen Titans attacked an Alaskan compound and were captured by Brother Blood's cult. They escaped and turned in enough evidence to get a few elected officials out of office. Tara reported to Deathstroke the Terminator. After a workout, she returned to her team.
The Titans held a meeting. Kid Flash announced he was quitting the group. Dick announced he would no longer be Robin, the junior half of Batman and ... .
Deathstroke watched the whole thing through a camera in Terra's costume.


Issue #40

Cover Date: March 1984
Subtitle: Lifeblood
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: After a tutoring session, Gar and Tara headed to a TV studio where the Titans were being interviewed along with senators and Brother Blood (via satellite). Blood's charisma flowed through the audience.
Dick, posing as a tv reporter, interviewed the senators voted out of office for having ties to Blood. Strangely, none of them actually did have ties to Blood. He planned to take them and Bethany Snow (another reporter) on a fact-finding mission to Zandia.
They arrived and began a tour of Blood's church. The Titans gathered and headed out when they received a distress beacon from Dick. They broke into the stronghold and were immediately captured. Blood showed them their leader - under his mind control.


Issue #41

Cover Date: April 1984
Subtitle: Baptism of Blood
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Romeo Tanghal
Storyline: Terra was able to break the Titans free of Brother Blood's trap. Knowing the Titans would win, Blood sent his "pets" after them. After defeating them, Raven convinced the team to lay low. Blood sent mechanical toys after them, and the Titans easily defeated them. He appeared to them - in front of his congregation - and took them all down.
Blood placed the Titans in a death trap and ordered Dick to kill them. Kory's love broke through to him and he smashed the control panel. The Titans took Brother Blood as Zandia's army attacked the church. Raven's soul self saved the Titans from the attack, but it appeared Brother Blood turned into a martyr.


Issue #42

Cover Date: May 1984
Subtitle: The Judas Contract part one: The Eyes of Tara Markov
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Dick Giordano
Storyline: The Titans (out of costume) met Donna and Kory at the photography studio. They headed back to Donna's apartment and worked on the wedding plans. Tara and Gar walked Dick home then met up with Vic, who was out with Sarah and the kids she worked with. He stressed about his grandparents coming in for a visit.
Gar and Tara kissed before they headed back to the tower. The next day, the Titans worked out. Terra sized them up and continued sending Slade Wilson information about them. Tara and Gar sparred. When he got the best of her, she flipped out. They had to be separated by the rest of the team.
Later, Tara met up with Slade to work out their plan.


Issue #43

Cover Date: June 1984
Subtitle: The Judas Contract part two: Betrayal
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Dick Giordano
Storyline: Deathstroke attacked Dick Grayson in his home. While wondering how he could know his civilian identity, Dick escaped. A woman and her son watched from a nearby car. They knew both players.
Dick went looking for the rest of the team. Kory, Donna, and Vic had already been taken. Inside Titans Tower, Dick found evidence that Terra had been in a struggle. He was approached by the woman and boy who'd been watching. She introduced herself as Adeline and her son Joseph. She told him that Terra was working for Deathstroke and had captured Raven. Dick called Dayton estates - Gar was missing.
Adeline told Dick she was Wilson's ex-wife. Deathstroke prepared to hand the Titans off to the HIVE.


Issue #44

Cover Date: July 1984
Subtitle: The Judas Contract part three: There Shall Come a Titan
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: After telling Dick her son was mute, she told him the Terminator's origin. She'd been his special-ops trainer in the army. Six months after he graduated, they were married. Their first son, Grant (who would become the Ravager), was born after Slade was shipped off to war. While overseas, Wilson took an experimental drug for resisting truth serums. He was hospitalized.
Wintergreen, his faithful family friend, told Adeline. His combat career was over. He recovered, but his physical state was unstable - he was sometimes comatose, sometimes super-human. Adeline became pregnant again. Joseph was born a week before Slade heard Wintergreen had been captured. The army discharged him for butting in, but Wilson saved his friend.
Slade took up hunting and mastered it. While his wife thought he was on a safari, their home was attacked. Joseph was kidnapped (Grant was at boarding school). When Slade got home, he revealed to her that his superpowers had never left him - he was a master assassin. Deathstroke saved his son, but his throat had been cut. They got him to a hospital and he survived. Weeks later, Deathstroke returned home. Adeline shot him in the head. He lived, but lost an eye.
Dick realized it was time to get back in costume. Using a name from a Kryptonian legend, he emerged as Nightwing. His named and dress were derived from Superman and Batman. Joseph was also in costume as "Jericho." He had mutant powers (he was conceived after Slade had gained his power) that would allow him to take over other people. After a brief demonstration, Nightwing and Jericho left together in the Titans' jet.


Annual #3

Cover Date: 1984
Subtitle: The Judasa Contract part four: Finale
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordano
Storyline: The Titans awakened on a device the HIVE called the enervator. It absorbed their powers. Raven, who could not be controlled, was kept unconscious. Deathstroke introduced them to his helper, Tara.
Somewhere in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, Nightwing and Jericho found the HIVE hq.
The HIVE demanded Kid Flash and Robin. Deathstroke informed them Flash was no longer in the hero business, and called Wintergreen to see if he'd been able to gather any intel on Robin. Wintergreen replied in the negative - he was being held captive by Adeline. He told her how Slade had rescued him from captivity during a war.
Nightwing and Jericho got into HIVE's stronghold using the mutant's powers. Once inside, they took down some goons and disguised themselves as HIVE members. They were called to a gathering and told plans were on hold. Jericho and Nightwing began their attack. After taking down the group, they ran into Terra. She knocked them both out and delivered them to the HIVE. Deathstroke was taken aback when he learned she'd not only grabbed Robin, but also his son. He demanded the HIVE release the boy to him. Jericho was able to possess his father. In Slade's body, Jericho blasted the device holding the Titans. They attacked.
Terra, believing Deathstroke had betrayed her, went after the mercenary. Changeling refused to realize she was not on their side and went to her aide. She attacked him. Soon after, she went completely insane and caused eruptions throughout the area. Deathstroke was captured; Logan found Terra's body. She was buried a hero - she died fighting Wilson. Batman, Robin (Jason), and the Outsiders all attended her funeral with the Titans.


Issue #45

Cover Date: August 1984
Subtitle: Tales of the Teen Titans
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: Aqualad brought a dying Tula to Titans' Tower.
Changeling attacked some arms dealers and had to be stopped by Cyborg. They had it out and Changeling left.
Terry had his bachelor party. Donna and Kory went to Paradise Island for Queen Hippolyta's blessing.
Joseph (Jericho) picked up Raven from school. On their way back to the tower, Raven vanished from the car. She emerged at the tower to find Nightwing, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Wally, and Frances - they had Aqualad and Aquagirl in a tank. Dick was able to get them revived. Garth told them they'd been outside Atlantis when it was attacked by the HIVE.
Wally and Fran headed home without telling the group he was in pain when using his superpowers. The Titans headed to Atlantis in their submarine.


Issue #46

Cover Date: September 1984
Subtitle: Showdown
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: The HIVE, from Atlantis, attacked the approaching Teen Titans. Aqualad and Aquagirl headed inside. Raven teleported in to help Tula and went berserk. Aqualad tried to bring her to her senses, but she blasted him.
Cyborg gave up on finding Gar and went home. His grandparents had let themselves in. He went off on them for not showing up to their son's funeral and not being there for his ordeal. They made up.
The Titans were lured into an empty compartment and jettisoned.


Issue #47

Cover Date: October 1984
Subtitle: Final Conflict
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: When Raven saved the group by enveloping them with her soul self, the HIVE decided to let them have the next move before destroying Atlantis. Garth and Tula opened up a wall; Raven got the rest of the Titans inside. After doing so, she simply vanished.
Garfield finally returned to Titans' Tower. Cyborg came in with his old girlfriend, Jillian. She said she still loved him.
Garth and Nightwing got to the control center as the others took on the guards. The power went down and the weapon systems became useless. The HIVE fired one missile off toward Atlantis, but Aqualad stopped it. The HIVE leader killed all it's members.
As the Titans headed home, Lyla informed the Monitor about HIVE's demise.


Issue #48

Cover Date: November 1984
Subtitle: The Recombatants
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): Steve Rude, Al Gordon
Storyline: Dayton Labs in Nevada lost some of its AI creations - not quite life, but not quite cybernetics. The Teen Titans went after these super-powered pseudo beings. They did battle, but when the Titans realized how close to human they were, they all stopped. Back at Dayton Labs, they were briefed on the situation. The "recombatants" were prototypes of a super-solier they were trying to build.
The Recombatants escaped and destroyed the machinery which had created them. They were "killed" during the meltdown, but made sure no more of them would be created.
Gar and Jillian checked out the area where the Donna / Terry wedding would take place. Gar's adoptive father appeared and verbally slammed him.


Issue #49

Cover Date: December 1984
Subtitle: The Light that Failed
Writer(s): Marv Wolfman
Artists(s): George Perez, Mike DeCarlo
Storyline: The wedding preparations continued, as the players got fitted for their outfits. One of Donna's friends tried to contact Wally, but his father told her he'd moved to Central City. Wally and Frances were getting used to their new city when Dr. Light struck. Fran was able to single-handedly stop Light and having him waiting for the cops to arrive. After, they met the Flash. He ran some tests on Wally and realized the problem was that he'd been turned into a Flash while still growing, as he (Barry Allen) had been an adult when he received his powers.
Wally got the message and called Donna to say he'd be there.


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