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- The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire.The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming and bad television with Laird. Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue ...
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The original series that introduced the Turtles to the world. Searching for Splinter, the Turtles encounter the alien androids known as the Utroms. Story, art and cover by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird. Final issue in magazine format; series continues in comic format as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1985). Black and white; 40 pages. Cover price ...
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is an American comic book series published by Mirage Studios, featuring the characters of the same name, with a 30-year run from 1984 to 2014. Conceived by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird , it was initially intended as a one-shot, but due to its popularity it became an ongoing series.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2. First appearance of April O'Neil; First appearance of Baxter Stockman; Second appearance of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Second appearance of Splinter. Guide Watch. 1985 648 Sales 9.8 FMV $1,550.
A thorough look back at the TMNT comic book roots with the original stories plus insightful annotations from co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with this special collection of Mirage Studios' issues #1–7 along with the Raphael one-shot by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird!
- Kevin Eastman, Peter Laird
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (often shortened to the TMNT or Ninja Turtles) are a fictional superhero quartet of anthropomorphic turtle brothers, trained in the ancient art of ninjitsu ninjas that appear in a self-titled franchise consisting of comic books, shows, films, and other tie-in products.
- The First Comic Book from Mirage Studios
- Gobbledygook #1 1984 — Not A Comic Book
- Collecting This Comic Book
- TMNT #1 First Print — Value
- Sources & Resources
The one that started it all: the May, 1984 original first printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The renowned pair of artists came together sharing a mutual inspiration from legends Jack Kirby and Frank Miller. The idea for the TMNT was sparked by the comedic concept of a turtle dressed in a mask and nunchakus which Eastman sketched during a brainstorming session. They then elaborated that first concept drawing into a team of four, and the TMNT were born. The pair were so excited by their concept, and convinced of its potential, that they used a $500 tax refund plus a $700 loan from Eastman’s uncle (who is thanked in the top left corner of the interior cover), to self-publish their first-ever comic book. To print it, $1200 in hand, they turned to the publisher of their local TV schedule giveaway magazine, who ended up printing it at the same oversized 7 3/8” x 10 7/8” size as the magazine. That’s why there’s all that extra black space in the m...
More about Gobbledygook: If you had sent in a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 to CGC Comics for grading prior to 2004, you might have been surprised when you received the book back to find that it was not credited with the first appearance of the turtles on the label. That’s because prior to 2004, Gobbledygook #1 was credited industry-wide (both at CGC and in the various price guides) as containing that key first appearance. Yet, CGC had never been sent any original copies for grading, and throughout the industry people would swear they had never even seen one or only seen a photocopy. But Mirage cleared up the confusion, explaining that Gobbledygook was not actually a printed comic book — instead, it was made on a xerox copier and stapled together by hand. That’s not to say that original copies aren’t very highly collectible… but they are still just (literally) xerox copies, not an actual comic book with a printing date. That means anybody with an original copy, a photocopi...
A warning note to collectors about forgeries: the 2nd and 3rd printings had a note on the interior front cover just under where Quentin Eastman is thanked, indicating ”second printing” or ”third printing” but other than that line, the interior front covers are identical to that of the first printing. Some copies have surfaced where that extra line has been bleached out, making it look as if it is a first printing. Another warning note: there have now been known cases of grading company error, where the label atop the slab failed to indicate “third printing” when it should have – in other words, from the label alone the copy presented as a true first print copy (and was marketed that way at auction) when in fact it was not. And the way collectors were able to spot this error was by looking for slight coloration differences that make 3rd print copies discernible from 1st and 2nd print copies. The quickest way to spot this difference is to zero in on the second ‘T’ in the word TURTLES...
The low print run, black cover, cheap interior newsprint paper, and passage of time has caused high grade copies of this comic book to be extremely hard to come by. As of March, 2014, CGC had graded a total of 486 of them, and just 87 copies are graded a 9.4 or higher. As of this writing, a recent sale of a CGC 9.6 graded copy was $6,600. That also happens to be the exact value attributed to this comic in this grade, by the most popular online price guide. As of this writing, the ComicsPriceGuidevalues this comic in the various grades, ungraded versus graded, as follows:
If you have reached this far, it must mean you enjoyed this post… If that is the case, thank you for reading and you may enjoy other posts I have made about comic book collecting; click the following link for a recent post with ideas for more Rare Comics To Collect. Mirage’s eBay Page (if any copies remain in Peter Laird’s personal collection, this is where they would be sold): ebay.com/usr/mirage-studios Mirage’s Origin Story: www.ninjaturtles.com/origin/origin.htm Mirage’s TMNT #1 Page: www.miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/01/01.html Recalled Comics TMNT #1 Page: www.recalledcomics.com/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1.php Comic Book Database TMNT #1 Page: www.comicbookdb.com/issue.php?ID=27751 CGC Census Page: www.cgccomics.com/census/index.asp Collectors interested in TMNT #1 should also know about the Graphic Fantasy Fanzines, another independent comic (Ajax Comics) featuring the first appearance of one of the IGN top 100 superheroes, and yet, it is so unknown and rare that...