Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Nostalgia

Posted: May 8, 2011 in Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird, Random House Publishing, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT

It’s amazing what you find when going through old boxes you haven’t opened in years.  I decided to do a little organizing in the office and discovered I had some extra room in my closet.  So, I went to the storage closet out on our balcony and pulled out two of my “book” boxes.  I opened up the first one and foudn this little gem…

Published by Random House in 1988

Well, to be honest, this isn’t the specific comic I found.  When I was collecting comics, I wasn’t this nice to them.  During the late 80’s, the comics I collected typically turned out ripped or torn.  Here’s my TMNT comic that’s been hiding in my box for so long…

Click to enlarge to see the damage inflicted on it over the years

It’s interesting to think that, after almost 30 years, the 80’s franchise is still alive and kicking where most others have either failed or outlived it’s welcome.

As most of us Turtle fans know, this team of anthropomorphic reptilians have one of the biggest fan and cult organizations in superhero history.  Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird have gone on to make multiple TMNT marketing gimmicks such as four films, three TV shows, 21 video games, one short lived magazine, and many other toys and clothing.  There was even a concert tour, a TMNT musical (that I had the pleasure of attending) in 1990 titled “Coming Out Of Their Shell.”

For me personally, it feels really good to have been following the turtles almost since the beginning.  The Turtle’s comic was what really got my interests in reading going which lead me to discover awesome young adult authors like R.L. Stine and Bruce Coville.  The Turtles was such a clever and well executed idea, and I’m happy to be apart of that first generation of Turtle fans that can proudly make that claim.  I’ll remain as a Turtle fan for the rest of my years and relish in their longevity while other half-baked franchises, such as the Power Rangers and Pokemon, dwindle into a lost world.

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