TMNT Comic Series

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Series

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird probably had no idea that evening in 1984 that their sketchy drawing of some anthropomorphized turtles would still be a hit nearly 30 years later.  That’s right, the heroes on the half shell started as a sketch.  In fact, the two men borrowed money and coupled it with theirs tax returns to publish a single issue of the critters antics.  They didn’t even have a publishing company…they did it themselves.  It was actually done to make fun of 4 of the comics from that era.

The comic described how 4 ordinary turtles were transformed into human sized creatures that were bi-pedal and studied the art of ninja from a rat named Splinter.  The turtles were named Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael.  They were quickly given a villain by the name of Shredder to do battle with.

Kevin and Peter called their publishing company Mirage.  They premiered the run of 3,000 copies of the comic book at a convention for comic books that was held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  Because of the small number of the comic that were printed, they were instantly items that comic collectors sought after.  In a matter of months they were being sold for over 50 times the price on the cover.  It was so successful that the two men decided to turn their one time publication into a monthly one.

Due to the success of this comic, Kevin and Peter decided to make a companion comic that was released on a twice monthly basis.  It was called: Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  This comic featured artwork that was not by Kevin and Peter but instead by Jim Lawson and Ryan Brown.

In its lifetime, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic books actually had 129 issues.


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