Sometimes, I’ll receive a commission to work up a chronology for a comic book character that a friend would like to read up on. This morning, I completed one for Isaiah Crockett, a lesser-known Teen Titan better known as Hot Spot. If you watched Season 5 of Teen Titans, or have been following Heroes in Crisis, you may already be familiar with him. But if not, here’s a complete list of his appearances so you can get to know the hottest Titan of all.
Teen Titans (1996) #1-8: Isaiah joins the post-Zero Hour incarnation of the Teen Titans, led by a de-aged Ray Palmer. He takes on the name Joto, Swahili for “Heat”.
The Adventures of Superman #547: Isaiah helps Ray explain to fellow Titan Prysm what a movie is.
Teen Titans (1996) #9-11: The Teen Titans go to Skartaris.
Teen Titans Annual (1997) #1: Part of the “Pulp Heroes” theme annuals of 1997, told in the style of a classic horror comic.
Genesis #2: Parademons storm the T-Jet in mid-flight during Darkseid’s campaign against Earth.
Superman (1987) #128: The Teen Titans are assembled along with the rest of Earth’s heroes to stand against Darkseid. Isaiah sees Superman in person for the first time.
Teen Titans (1996) #12-16: A crossover story with the original Teen Titans lineup. Isaiah dies in the battle against Haze, and a funeral is held.
Teen Titans (1996) #21-24: In the final 90’s Teen Titans arc, Isaiah’s body is resurrected by the H’San Natall, an alien slaver race, and his spirit is returned by Prysm.
JLA/Titans #1-3: Titans and Leaguers clash and band together to stop an upcycled Cyborg from destroying the world.
Sins of Youth - JLA Jr. #1: Isaiah can briefly be spotted running crowd control.
Teen Titans S2E9, “Winner Take All”: Isaiah’s first animated appearance, under the new name of Hot Spot. (His original identity was retired when the animation team learned “Joto” is a Spanish gay slur.)
Teen Titans S5E3, “Trust”: The Teen Titans attempt to save Hot Spot from the Brotherhood of Evil.
Teen Titans S5E11, “Calling All Titans!”: The Hot Spot recovered in “Trust” is revealed as a shapeshifted Madame Rouge.
Teen Titans S5E12, “Titans Together”: The real Hot Spot returns for a climactic showdown against the Brotherhood of Evil.
Teen Titans Go! #17: In this issue of the comic spinoff from the original Teen Titans animated series, Hot Spot gets help learning to control his temper.
Teen Titans (PS2): Hot Spot appears as a playable character.
Teen Titans Annual (2006) #1: During Infinite Crisis, Isaiah helps evacuate survivors from Blüdhaven.
52 #21: Isaiah is seen as a Teen Titans member during the gap between Infinite Crisis and One Year Later. He uses the name “Hot Spot” for the first time in comic continuity.
Superman/Batman #32: Hot Spot stands with the rest of Earth’s heroes against the invasion of Despero.
Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman-Prime #1: Hot Spot stands with the rest of Earth’s heroes against Superboy Prime.
Teen Titans (2003) #66: Hot Spot is considered and passed over for Teen Titans membership.
Tiny Titans #13, 19, 22, 36: A de-aged Hot Spot appears with the rest of the Tiny Titans in these issues of the award winning children’s comic series.
Teen Titans (2003) #99-100: Hot Spot rejoins the full Teen Titans roster for a rematch against Superboy Prime.
Sideways #4: Sideways jumps into a fight between Hot Spot and Replicant in downtown Metropolis.
Heroes in Crisis: [SPOILERS]
Is there a lesser-known character you’re curious about? Let me know and I may just write up a chronology for you!