George Perez switched alliances to DC Comics from Marvel Comics in the late 1970s. The soon-to-be comic book artist superstar was persuaded to work for DC when promised that he would be the penciller on the Justice League of America.
fill-in issues on various titles proving he could deliver the goods George
began his run on the JLA.
As DC Comics sales began
to fall behind Marvel Comics sales it was decided that changes had to be made
in order to compete.
sky-rocketing sales of Marvel's Uncanny X-Men, DC management wanted to tap into
that burgeoning market with a title of its own.
Writer Marv Wolfman
and George Perez felt that a revamped Teen Titans might just be the
ticket. DC bosses balked at the idea
pointing out that the Teen Titans had been re-launched before and failed
George and Marv
persisted and convinced DC to give it one more try. They produced the first issue of the New Teen Titans and DC
executives were so impressed that they green-lighted the series on one condition.
Wolfman and Perez
would create a 16-page pre-New Teen Titans #1 insert that would be printed in
DC Comics' DC Comics Presents titles. It was an industry first.
The creative duo
complied and not long after DC Comics Presents #26 hit the newsstands.
DC Comics Presents
was a showcase starring Superman with different DC heroes guest-starring each
issue. Issue #26 teamed Superman and
Green Lantern by Jim Starlin.
But what really
caught readers attentions was the New Teen Titans insert.
The 16-page story
centered on Robin who when investigating a crime is suddenly transported to
another place and time.
While there he
meets other teenagers who would eventually team up with him to form the New
Teen Titans. They included Changeling,
Cyborg, Raven, Wonder Girl and Starfire.
finds himself transported back to his original location convinced that the whole
thing was a dream, unaware that Raven had arranged the whole future encounter.
The story was a hit
and when the New Teen Titans came out fans bought it in record numbers.
Eventually the New Teen Titans would match the
sales numbers of Marvel's Uncanny X-Men.
DC had a hit on its hands.