Teen Titans #37
Published and © by DC, January-February 1972
Title: “Scourge of the Skeletal Riders!”
Synopsis: The Titans travel abroad to save a friend, but square off with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse instead.
Writer: Bob Haney
Penciler: George Tuska
Inker: Nick Cardy
Review: The Titans crash their peace-and-love-covered VW Bus, then hitchhike their way toward another groovy adventure. DC’s attempts to capture the era’s youth culture add a delicious camp quality to this iteration of the Titans, and the book’s supernatural overtones work well, too. Not great, but a good deal of fun.
Title: “Superboy Meets the Young Green Arrow”
Synopsis: A young Oliver Queen moves to Smallville, where Superboy tries to get him to take up the bow and arrow.
Writer: Jerry Coleman
Artist: George Papp
Review: This silly Silver Age reprint is made quite confusing by the decision to recolor Green Arrow to look like Speedy.
Grade (for the entire issue): B
Second opinion: “The supernatural aspect creates at least something of a challenge for the Titans, but it’s unresolved nature makes this an odd story for an extra-long slot. … 3 out of 4 stars.” – Craig Shutt, Comics Buyer’s Guide #1604, May 2005
Cool factor: Camp and Cardy. Groovy good fun.
Notable: The “Tell It to the Titans” letters page includes an LoC from future Titans’ writer Bob “The Answer Man” Rozakis offering Aqualad some love. … The Superboy/Green Arrow story is reprinted from Adventure Comics #258.
Character quotable: “Dig the ‘village smithy’! What’s he know from Volkswagens?” – One of the Teen Titans, who, honestly, sound pretty much alike here
Editor’s note: This review was originally published by Comics Bronze Age on April 24, 2009.