1960s: “Requiem for a Titan!”
Teen Titans vol 1 #14, by Bob Haney and Nick Cardy
In the 1960s, Robin found himself filling a new role other than that of teen sidekick: team leader. A few years after the Justice League of America had debuted in the pages of Brave and the Bold, a junior version made up of various teen sidekicks, the Teen Titans, would premiere in the same book. Together with friends such as Aqualad, Wondergirl, Kid Flash, and Speedy, Robin would increasingly start to find his place in the world apart from Batman.
This story, by the original Teen Titans creative team, shows, for one of the first times, a Robin racked with guilt and self-doubt, as he finds himself surrounded by the taunts of his seemingly dead teammates, whom he failed to save. Through a combination of discipline, mental acuity, and physical training, Dick is able to save his friends and assure himself of his place on the team.
The adventures of the original Teen Titans can be found in Showcase Presents: Teen Titans.
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