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Review: Teen Titans #37

Teen Titans #37 cover
Cover by Nick Cardy

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.

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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: Future Titans’ writer Bob “The Answer Man” Rozakis gives Aqualad some love via LoC. … 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.

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