Friday, March 6, 2015

Animated World of DC Comics: The Teen Titans take a stand against drugs (1984)

What some of you might not know is that Hanna-Barbera would've produced the first ongoing Teen Titans series, but the networks passed. It's true. Right around the time that the Super Friends were getting a makeover because of a toy deal with Kenner, H-B produced a PSA that featured the Titans as they were constituted in the 80's, but with one glaring absentee---Robin.

Nabisco had a license to use the Teen Wonder, and presumably, by extension, Batman, around that time, so Marv Wolfman & George Perez came up with a substitute, the Protector, who appeared in a trio of anti-drug specials DC produced that starred the Titans. This ad, then, was a sort-of preview of what was to come.

As we know, Cyborg would join up with the Super Powers Team the following year. Now, take a close look at the Changeling, aka Beast Boy. Looks nothing like the goof we've seen on Cartoon Network the last 12 years, right? Exactly. Starfire's attire is a little more conservative compared to the cleavage revealing outfits she wore in the comics. Unfortunately, the Protector would never be seen again, and Wonder Girl would make her last appearance. Someone else uses that handle now in the books, by the by.

Unfortunately, I didn't notice this at first, but there's no audio on this track. Seems like that's been lost to the mists of time.

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