Every week, I will spotlight strange but ultimately endearing comic stories (basically, we’re talking lots and lots of Silver Age comic books). Here is the archive of all the installments of this feature. Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have a suggestion for a future installment!
This week, we look at Bob Haney, Lee Elias and Nick Cardy’s take on Hippy Country, as the Titans disguise themselves as hippies for a mission in 1968’s Teen Titans #15…
The Titans show up in Hippieville, U.S.A. to find a runaway teenager.
Note the narrator. That’s the “Poet,” who narrates the story with song. He’s weird. We’ll come back to him in a bit.
Uh oh, the teen they’re looking for is working for some bad guys!
Here’s the best thing about Captain Rumble. Captain Rumble is not tied to the main plot at all. He’s just this douchebag who wants to mess with the hippies. It is hilarious that Haney just throws him into the story when he does not tie in with the runaway kid or the main plot, which is the smuggling ring that the kid works for trying to take care of him before he can rat them out to the cops (which he has no intention of doing, but they don’t know that).
Anyhow, the crime ring in the town inspires the Titans…
They are undercover as hippies!
The funny thing is that their undercover routine really does not seem to matter much, as they doing superheroics right away that would expose the fact that they’re superheroes. It seemed more like an excuse to dress up…
Okay, so they’re trying to track down the runaway teen before the bad guys get to him but that jerk Captain Rumble decides to attack a love-in…
A “Slug-in.” Classic.
Now get this – the Poet has been narrating the whole story, right? Well here goes from being the narrator to actually interfering with the story!
The Titans rescue the kid, who agrees to both set up the head smuggler (so the teen receives a suspended sentence) and also decides to drop-in and return home with his parents.
I love how the hippy narrator ends the tale by basically recommending that you be a consumer.
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