Saturday, September 24, 2011
Gnarrk: Smartest of the Teen Titans
We've pretty much established the original Teen Titans are no brain trust. No think tank. Even by the standards of typical teenage behavior, the Titans are a pretty dim-witted bunch. With the addition of Gnarrk, a Cro-Magnon ("Early Modern Human" or "Anatomically Modern Human" in today's terminology) teen from 20,000 years ago, their collective intelligence quotient took a mega-leap upward. Unfortunately, as we see in this page from Teen Titans # 39 (1972), the other male members of the Titans find Gnarrk's vocabulary troubling. From his pose and facial expression, Robin takes it particularly hard. See, growing up in a circus family and then becoming the ward and partner of Batman left him with little time for things like education and self-esteem, or developing and expressing ideas that aren't simple re-wordings of things he's just heard.
What Gnarrk should have said in the second panel is, "Donna's hip to my scene, Lilith, baby. I wasn't making like some crazy Sir Lancelot on a Camelot trip. My bag is taking it easy with the muscle stuff and using my noggin, dig?"