DC Comics Presents #26 interior cover

DC Comics Presents #26

In DC, Reviews by T. Andrew Wahl2 Comments

“Most new books were cancelled after only six issues, so it wasn’t that far fetched to believe that the Titans would be a fun ride for a few months before once again going off into comic-book limbo.”Writer/co-creator Marv Wolfman, on the mindset going into the launch of The New Teen Titans
(From the “Preface” to The New Teen Titans Archives: Volume 1, November 1998)


Title: “Between Friend and Foe!”
Synopsis: An alien entity in search of power steals Green Lantern’s ring and identity, then turns his eye on Superman.

Writer (plot): Jim Starlin
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: Starlin
Inker: Steve Mitchell

There’s a whiff of a cool story here – but just a whiff. Jim Starlin brings his cosmic scope to DC, but fails to reach the heights of his classic Marvel work. This slight, silly story is plagued by plot holes, while Steve Mitchell’s angular inking overpowers the pencils. Subpar for Starlin.


Title: “Where Nightmares Begin!”
Synopsis: A confused Robin finds himself mysteriously shifting through time to team with his future teammates: the new Teen Titans!

Writer: Marv Wolfman
Penciler: George Pérez
Inker: Dick Giordano

It’s a bit rough, but Marv Wolfman and George Pérez already have their signature Titans’ storytelling dynamic on display here.


Title: “Whatever Happened To Sargon The Sorcerer”
Synopsis: A troubled Sargon comes out of retirement when Matter Master tries to steal the Ruby of Life.

Writer: Bob Rozakis
Artists: Jose Delbo
Inker: Kim DeMulder

The more important question? Who cares what happened to Sargon? A Silver-Age-style throwback featuring a Golden-Age character.

Grade (for the entire issue): B

Cool factor: Three words: New. Teen. Titans.
Not-so-cool factor: That lead story isn’t up to Starlin’s lofty Bronze Age standard.

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: First appearance of the new Teen Titans, including Cyborg, Raven and Starfire. … The 16-page preview includes an interior cover by George Pérez.

Character Quotable
“Starfire? Cyborg? Raven? A new Titans? None of this makes sense.”Robin, boy wonder and confused time-traveler
DC Comics Presents #26

Published and © by DC, October 1980
Cover by Jim Starlin

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  1. Very tactful how you refer to Steve Mitchell’s inking as “angular”. I think the word you are looking for is “horrible”.

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      Hi, Nick. I’ve always enjoyed Mitchell’s inks over Luke McDonnell on Iron Man, but that was a couple years later. Perhaps he got better. Or perhaps he just doesn’t pair well with Starlin. Whatever the reason, I agree he wasn’t a good fit on this story.


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