Those Teen Titans keys are hitting record numbers in 2021 as the Titans streaming series rolls through its third season.
With all the Marvel and Disney+ series dominating the headlines in 2021, it’s easy to forget that DC was churning out the hit live-action shows years ago. While Marvel stumbled out of the gate with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Inhumans, DC was winning fans with the Arrowverse on the CW. That expanded to include The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. The CW has even set the standard for television crossovers with Infinite Crisis.
Since the Disney+ Marvel invasion began, the MCU has practically copyrighted the formula for superhero streaming. Even so, DC has produced two hit streaming series of their own on HBO Max, Doom Patrol and Titans.
The R-rated Titans has been a hit with fans, and the show has recently aired its third season. As a result, collectors are now looking closer at those classic Titans keys dating back to the Silver Age.
Despite not formally being named, this is still considered the first appearance of the Teen Titans. In this issue, original Robin Dick Grayson joined forces with Aqualad and Kid Flash, which would become the foundation of the team for years to come.
Values are spiking for this 1964 issue, and August has seen record-setting sales. On August 15, a 7.5 sold for a record-breaking $995, jetting ahead of its previous mark of $950 set in 2018.
That same day, a 5.5 earned a record of its own when a copy landed on a $576 price tag. Even a lowly 1.0 broke through for $134 in August.
BATB #60 does not carry the same collecting weight as BATB #54 in the secondary market, but it is an important key in the Titans mythos. Here, the group officially became the Teen Titans after Wonder Girl, in her second appearance, joined their ranks.
Like its Teen Titans predecessor, BATB #60 has seen its values on the way up. A 7.0 sold for $618 on August 16, which is that grade’s highest sale since May’s $640 record.
One of the best parts about this issue is that the values are so much lower than BATB #54. If you opt for a low grade, anything up to a 3.0 is currently averaging less than $100.
For many Titans collectors, this is the key to have. Although the team first appeared in the Silver Age, it wasn’t until new members Starfire, Cyborg, and Raven made their debuts that the team came into their own. Along with familiar faces Robin, Wonder Girl, and Kid Flash, the New Teen Titans made their collective debut in this 1980 Bronze Age classic.
If you are looking for a 9.8, get ready to pay high prices. The last one sold on August 6 for $2,530 only a week after setting a new record of $2,850. The 9.6 comes in at less than half the price, though it’s on the rise as well. Three of the last four sales have been for $1k or more, including a record $1,100 from July 28.
As Titans enters its third season and introduces Jason Todd as Red Hood, the streaming series is on pace to ignite its following and hopefully reel in new viewers. Unless the train suddenly derails, expect to see plenty more Titans in the DCEU. Who knows? Maybe one day they will get the silver screen treatment.