I have been a fervent fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever since their debut as a black and white comic, published by Mirage Studios, back in 1984. Creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman meant to do a one shot parody of some of the most popular comics of that time, among them Daredevil. Little did they know that they would start a multi-million dollar franchise. Animated series, toys, movies, a slew of merchandising followed.
Nowadays the Turtles belong to Nickelodeon, which purchased the rights to the entire franchise back in 2009. A new animated series is in the works, and hopefully a new movie. My main passion, however are the original Ninja Turtles, the black and white creatures introduced in issue #1. They were dark and violent before being toned down to a friendly format for children. Even their looks were more intimidating.
If you are not among the lucky ones who still have a mint copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (cough, cough) then you are in for a treat! IDW is reprinting the original series in color. Yes, the classic story and artwork by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird now in glorious color. When the Turtles debuted, they were black and white-which made them even more dark and somewhat sinister. Issue #1 just came out for $3.99; I wish they would have kept the original $1.50 price but we knew that wasn’t going to happen.
Do yourself a favor and pick up issue #1 at your local comic book store. Read it, enjoy it. If you read the story the first time around then you will reminisce about how great and fun they were. If you never had an opportunity or perhaps you were not even born yet prepare to be mesmerized. See where it all started, before different colored masks, surfer talk, pizzas and Cowabungas. I got my copy already; I couldn’t let this trip down memory lane go by. And besides, I wouldn’t want to open my $2,200 copy to re-read, right?