Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection, Vol. 1 by Kevin EastmanA young boy knocks an old blind man out of the way of a truck and is hit by a canister falling off the truck, striking him blind but amplifying his remaining senses. But the canister didnt stop there, it shattered as it struck a fishbowl containing four turtles and fell into a sewer. Now, fifteen years later, the turtles have returned to the surface as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Ive been a comic nerd my entire life but somehow I never got around to reading the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics until now.
As you can tell by the intro, I knew Eastman and Laird pinched Daredevils origin and bolted TMNTs origin on to it. I also knew the general beats from the 1980s cartoon and the movies that came shortly thereafter but was surprised by all the differences but Ill get to that in a minute.
The first thing about the first issue was how murky and overdone the art was. I was actually more impressed with the writing. Secondly, the art style wasnt what I expected either, showing more of a Richard Corben and Robert Crumb influence than anything else. The layouts had some Marvel influence though, showing some dynamic, Kirby-style action. As the series progresses, and the guys get more comfortable, the art improves dramatically.
Quite a bit happens in the eight issues contained in this volume. The turtles emerge from the sewers to confront the Foot Clan and its master, The Shredder. And he dies in the first issue. See what I mean about differences? Not only that, April is a lab assistant to mad scientist Baxter Stockman, who is black in this iteration and not a human fly at this point.
Anyway, theres Baxter Stockman holding the city ransom, Splinter going missing, Raphael having a solo adventure with Casey Jones, and an interstellar saga that reminds me of early Fantastic Four issues. The double page spread on pages 2-3 of issue #6 is spectacular.
The comics are quite a bit different than the cartoons and the movies. The turtles all were red masks. Michelangelo isnt an annoying surfer dude, there is no mention of pizza, and the guys kill quite a few people. Its good shit!
There are notes by Eastman and Laird after each issue, giving extra insight into what went into them and vindicating me when I mentioned Richard Corben being one of their influences. I find it crazy that these guys were making a living putting out four comics a year and that a cultural phenomenon started with a self-published black and white comic.
By the end, I was hooked. It was great seeing the characters develop but I think I enjoyed watching Eastman and Laird getting more confident as artists even more. Im in for another volume at least. Four out of five stars.
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It was animated overseas in Japan by Toei Animation. The series featured the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters created in comic book form by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird , the property was changed considerably from the darker-toned comic in order to make it more suitable for children. The initial motivation behind the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles animated series was that, upon being approached to create a toy line, Playmates Toys was uneasy with the comic book characters' small cult following. They requested that a television deal be acquired first, and after the initial five-episode series debuted, the California toy company released their first series of Ninja Turtles action figures in the summer of The two media would correspond in marketing style and popularity for many years to come. David Wise and Patti Howeth wrote the screenplay for the first five-part miniseries.
Paramount has released the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles posters. The look of the turtles is somewhat controversial, but fans will need no introductions when it comes to these teasers. When it comes to the colors and weapons, Raphael will still sport red and wield sais; Michelangelo has the orange mask and uses nunchucks; Donatello wears the purple mask and has a staff; and Leonardo is in the blue mask and prefers swords. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is how you keep the turtles separate. Hit the jump to check out the teaser posters. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles opens August 8th.