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Why Aren't Teen Titans As Popular Has the X-Men?
What Are we Looking At
Both have a wide variety of colorful characters and great stories, sometimes sharing great writers over the years, so how come the X-men are so much more popular then the Teen Titans? Is it clever marketing? is it pure luck? That's what I am hear to find out. In this hub I going to look at some of the details of both series and see if I can come up with a good liable answer to this impending question.
When Did They Come Out?
The X-men began in 1963 with only a few X-men, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Marvel Girl (Jean Grey), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Angel (Warren Worthington III) and Beast (Hank McCoy). Professor Xavier also makes his first appearance along with there first and one of there most powerful enemies Magneto. The issue was the most successful single comic issue in history having sold over 3 million copies. The series continued for many years to come even though it did go under the name change of the Uncanny X-men, in fact the series only ended recently in 2012, only to start again with the Marvel Now reboot.
Although Most people think Teen Titans began in 1980 with Starfire, Cyborg and Raven, Teen Titans first began in 1964 not in their own comic but as a feature in Brave and the Bold with only Robin, Kid Flash and Aqualad. Some years went by and the Titans was giiven there own series in 1966 with only a few members, much like the X-men. It started with only Robin (Dick Grayson), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Kid Flash (Wallace West,) and Aqualad. Unlike the X-men, Teen Titans did not have the explosive start and in fact it was a bi monthly series that ran only 42 issues. It has been rebooted a few times and is now what most would call volume 4 for the New 52.
Although there are many things I could choose from here, I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is the cast. When the X-men first began they were all new characters, it was an introduction to a whole new cast of heroes. Also the X-men worked out of a school in which many of them were attending in order to learn about their mutant powers and sometimes general education. Some of them liked each other some them didn't, but they all learned to work with one another for whatever good may come. The X-Men reflects on both the feeling of the freshmen at school that just doesn't seem to fit in with the rest of the crowd and the simple lesson that normal is what you are and not what everyone what's it to be.
The Teen Titans on the other hand began with notable heroes like Robin carrying all the love or hate that goes with him, it was only later did the Teen Titans become a source of new found heroes like Cyborg or Raven. It seems to be more then anything all the sidekicks saying "I can do this, I am not a shadow," this I feel also speaks to use for we have all felt like we have worked in the shadow of somebody else and may have even been overlooked because of it or even neglected. Also everyone has a separate origin a different story to tell has to why they are here today, and what I mean by that is Raven is half a demon while Starfire is an alien, as appose to the X-Men where they are all mutants. As a result the teen titans must find a different common ground with each other for they may not always be the same or even human,
Teen Titans at there best
The Final Analysis
Although I like both of them, my thoughts are that the X-Men is just better written and appeals to a wider audience of readers and because of that they have been able to build popularity and then make major motion pictures with actors like Hugh Jackmen, Patrick Stuwart and Ian McFarlene and they have only gained more ground for it. They also gained more fans through good games and cartoons from their good start. Teen Titans just never really grabbed the peoples attention the same way. But they may catch up one day they now have one good cartoon behind them now maybe that is not as much to the X-Men but it is not a bad start. The Teen Titans was made up of a sure thing almost having some big names already such as Robin, while the X-Men was much more of a gamble in the beginning having nobody anyone knew. Please feel free to leave any kind of comment you wish, and thank you for reading this hub.