TMNT Media Gallery

This should be fun! We’ve been digging up old articles going back the the beginning of the creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The goal is to add a couple of these each week so bookmark this page and come back often!!

 


  • Anti-Turtle Ravings

    MATTHEW LEWIS Brooklyn, NY re: Amazing Heroes #107 – Turtle Boys:I was rather amused by your comments concerning Marvel Comics, specifically Jim Shooter and Stan Lee on the Kirby situation.Peter Laird said, and I quote, “Jim Shooter and Stan Lee should go on TV and publicly apologize.” Laird also says when asked whether he would work ...

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  • Turtle Boys

    Amazing Heroes No. 107 November 15, 1986 The Turtle Boys An in-depth conversation with the creators of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by THOM POWERSNot only are these boys hot, they’re getting hotter all the time. They’re Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and they are the men behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Originally no more than a parody of ...

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  • The Ninja Comic Explosion

    MA Weapons August ’87 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird Published by Mirage Studios One day in early 1984, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were sitting around in Dover, New Hampshire, talking and drawing pictures. Eastman was joking and drew a turtle wearing a mask and holding a nunchaku. Laird liked it and drew his own ...

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  • Interview with Raphael

    Raphael: The Interview The Telegraph Wire – 1985 by Don Chin Last year the comics industry witnessed the birth of a strange team of reptile vigilantes known as the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. This very funny spoof of RONIN and DAREDEVIL caught on quickly with fans and the press, who both ate the idea up, much to the joy ...

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  • Comics Interview

    1985 I recall seeing an ad for the first issue of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. The art and lettering were a perfect parody of RONIN, while the concept managed to satirize all the current trends in comics. However, I figured it was such a clever idea that it couldn’t possibly sustain a whole book. Worst of ...

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  • The First Animated Episode

    Okay we just ran across stacks of old storyboards from the original animated series and a couple of press releases to boot!  We’d love to show you all of them, but each episode is over 200 pages long.  Maybe we’ll do a best-of-the-best sometime in the near future.  Until then, here are a few from ...

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  • Success of Ninja Turtles described

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram Wednesday, September 24, 1986 By TIM ROCHE Star-Telegram writer Kevin Eastman of the Eastman-Laird team does most of the talking. while Peter Laird of Laird-Eastman does most of the thinking. Eastman and Laird illustrate, write and publish a small press comic book that stars four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who use martial weaponry to rid the planet ...

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  • Ah! The Sweet Shell of Success!

    ** Me KE – “this article is so full of inaccuracies its not even funny – well it kinda is so i hope you enjoy”! The Paper March 7 – April 3, 1985 by Kirby Miller The Yellow Kid OK, fans. You all know the usual run of comic book fantasia, right? No, not Donald Duck or Charlie Brown ...

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  • San Diego or BUST!

    The Comics Buyer’s Guide July 26, 1985 A date that may never go down in history… The first four Turtle flight from New York to SAN DIEGO! Eastman and Laird will be at the Sand Diego Comic Con August 1-4!  Hope to see you THERE!

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  • Thwok! Pow!

    Teen mutant turtles rescue ex-Buxton pizza man The scene is a trash-strewn alley in a darkened city where four creatures with a strange resemblance to masked turtles crouch, shells to the wall. Facing them are 15 members of the Purple Dragons, the city’s most dreaded gang of street punks, armed with chains, knives and guns. “You’re dead, freaks!” ...

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  • And They’re Turtles

    The hottest new comic book out is an independent effort from a small studio in Sharon, Conn.  It’s a brilliant blend of parody, martial arts, superheroes and the absurd Hartford Advocate May 8, 1985 By Stanley Wiater Remember when you were a little kid, and your parents told you to stop “wasting your time reading that JUNK?” Remember when ...

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  • A letter to The CBG

    THE COMICS BUYER’S GUIDE April 26, 1985 Gary Dunaier Flushing, N.Y. You’ve said it a thousand times during the glory days of Thor #337 and Spider-Man #252 . . . the editors and editorial staff of the Comics Buyer’s Guide have absolutely no influence whatsoever on the prices asked by dealers for current or recent comics. I can complain ...

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  • Anything but ‘slow and steady’

    By DANIEL PETERSEN The robot knocked on every door but none opened. Rejected, he shuffled off to wait in a dark corner, vowing to return… In the story of “Fugitoid,” set on a distant planet, a lightning-struck scientist awakes to discover his mind and soul trapped inside a robot’s chassis. The morally conscientious scientist spends most of ...

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  • Comic Book Ninja Turtles Make a Hit

    By GARRET CONDON Courant Book Editor Hartford Courant Sunday February 17, 1985 Their call rings out like the cry of so many comic book heroes: “We are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We strike hard and fade away into the night'” Well, OK. you may not immediately recognize the cry of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” unless you read and collect ...

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  • ‘Teenage Turtles’ coming, going

    ‘Ninja Turtles’ sells out Comics Buyers Guide August 17, 1984 Mirage Studios in Dover has announced that the first edition of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s comic book, “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” has sold out. The 3,000 copies of the first print run were sold in less than a month and a half. With back orders for almost ...

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  • TMNT fills gap for comic fans

    DOVER, N.H. – “My name is Leonardo. We made a wrong turn somewhere. Now we’re caught, our backs to the wall in this trash strewn alley. Barring the way out are 15 members of the Purple Dragons, the toughest street gang on the east side. The only way they’lI let us out of here is ...

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  • Dover Comic Fans Parody Kung Fu and Superheroes

    New Hampshire Sunday News Manchester, NH May 6, 1984 By Andy Dabilis Dover (UPI)My name is Leonardo. We made a wrong turn somewhere. Now we’re caught, our backs to the wall in this trash strewn alley. Barring the way out are 15 members of the Purple Dragons, the toughest street gang on the east side. The only way ...

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  • Here come the turtles!

    Foster’s Daily Democrat, Dover NH Friday Evening, May 4, 1984Here come the turtles!Bad guys better watch out!By Peter Urban Democrat Staff Writer If a comic book titled “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” sounds a little bizarre to you, that is just fine with Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird of Dover, the two artists behind the new venture. “We lean toward ...

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  • Ninja Warriors Seek The Shredder

    Transcript Southern New Hampshire’s Leading Weekly Newspaper Ninja Warriors Seek The Shredder May 1, 1984 by Tom Walton DOVER Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello, Raphael; the names of four great Italian artists during the Renaisance, each skilled in their own craft and dedicated to the raising of man’s creativity. Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello, Raphael; the names of four teenage mutant ninja turtles living today, ...

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  • Basically, they’re good turtles

    The Portsmouth Herald April 29, 1984 Basically, they’re good turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michaelangelo, Raphael By NEIL COTE Staff Writer DOVER – Save for the one who outwitted the rabbit In a road race, turtles rarely have been recognized in literature by anyone other than Dr. Seuss. They’ve recently premiered In the comic book world, however, and in a manner that’s far more ...

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