When I bought the new Lost Teen Titans Annual recently, I expected (based on the hype) a "wacky" '60s-style comic. No such luck. Yet this week I picked up a comic that's entertaining in the way I had hoped the Titans book would have been. What makes the issue most entertaining to me is the writing - the silly phrases that populate the story:
Tiger Girl 1 (Gold Key, 1968) seems to be a kind of superhero parody, but it takes seriously much of the drama of 'superheroics' (at least I think it does). Written by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel, who was 54 at the time, it uses the "swinging" vocabulary of ‘60s teen comics like Bunny, with references to "groovy-thrill lovers," "way-out doings," etc. Yet it also plays the romance plot with a straight face (at least I think it does), such as in this panel, when Titan the Great pines for his fellow circus performer, Tiger Girl:
I can’t pinpoint why, but "he gloats prematurely" sounds funny, and it's an awkwardly formally thing to say as you are about to be crushed by a giant cat statue's severed head. More of the same:
[When he's telling the Men of I.N.F.A.M.Y. about his powers in the panel above, his ears are down.]
And speaking of clowns, one of the good guys is a Ditko-esque circus performer named "Laughing Boy":
These are the kinds of things I was hoping for in the Teen Titans Annual - silly jokes, "wacky" word play, etc - but it just fell flat . . . and plot-wise, the annual was convoluted; things didn't seem to make sense, and not in a good way. At times, its ambitiousness worked against it.
This comic is the most interesting writing I have seen from Siegel, but unfortunately, there was no Tiger Girl 2.
What makes the issue most entertaining to me is the writing - the silly phrases that populate the story: