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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Key Comics Part 2

Onward with this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key comics. By the time these comics hit the market featured in Part 2 here, the turtles Raphael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo were becoming quite the sensation in the industry. 

More spin-off titles of the turtles were being pumped into the market, and during this time, I remember most comic fans were talking about the TMNT comics. However, the rarity of some of these comics were not widely known.

Some of them still aren't that widely-known and we will cover some error and variant comics concerning early Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. So, if you missed Part 1, the link will bring you back. Otherwise, these next batch of keys may or may not await your want lists or vaults.

5th appearance of TMNT
3rd appearance of April O'Neil
2nd appearance of Foot Clan?

With the 2nd printing of issue #4, there is an error edition. Apparently, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 and Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 were sent into the printers at the same time and to no surprise a printing mix up happened.

So basically, there's about a thousand copies of the 2nd printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 with the cover art that was suppose to be on Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1. The cover you see in the image next to the title listing is the wrong cover art.
Correct covers for both comics
Title and issue number is correct though. I put the image of the correct comic cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 2nd print so you could recognize the difference between the two. If you happen to catch this one out on the hunt and mistakenly priced, you know what to do.

If you have this error comic and didn't know it, even better. Only about a 1,000 copies survived the recall so it is one of the rare comics out concerning the TMNT. This error edition for the 2nd print issue of #4 was published May, 1987.

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Special Collectors Edition

You gotta love, because they've got all sorts of information for those who love to seek truly rare low print comics or error comics. I highly recommend them if you're into that aspect of comic collecting.

According to Recalled Comics, Robert Wilson of Metropolis Comics published this one-shot special. It had new material donated by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, unseen art and other goodies for fans.

This is the regular edition with a white cover and has a low print run of about 3,000 copies. Not that well-known in the market as of yet, but a CGC 9.8 copy did sell for $399.99 in July, so it is on the radar but not in a big bad way. 

It was published some time in 1986, and is still one of the pretty rare TMNT comics out there in the market.

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Special Collectors Edition 
This silver edition of Turtlemania obviously has a silver cover, but it's also signed on the back by both Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The silver edition has an estimated print run of about 100 copies, so talk about a hard find.

However, it's not the hardest one to locate or the rarest of the variants. The silver edition of Turtlemania Special #1 was published or hit the market in 1986.

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Special Collectors Edition

When it comes to the rarest of the variants for Turtlemania Special #1, this is the one right here. The gold sketched edition had only 10 copies printed up. All 10 copies had an original sketch and the creators signatures on the back cover.

No doubt a hunt for this one if you're a hard-core turtles fan or a rare comics chaser. Be prepared to slap down quite a few dollars for this one if you're on the hunt for it. 1986 was when this special came out.

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2nd cameo of Shredder?

In issue #1 of the comic series, Shredder is seen being blown up by a hand grenade. He apparently doesn't die from that because he shows up in a cameo near the end of this one-shot Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1.

I've yet to talk about Shredder, so Shredder is widely known as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles main adversary, or at least, the main nemesis that most like to see the turtles go up against. He is Oroku Saki and is the leader of the Foot Clan's American branch.

Oroku Saki is the younger brother of Oroku Nagi who was killed by Hamato Yoshi, the owner of Splinter or the rat that would eventually become Splinter. Oroku Saki would take his revenge on Yoshi, and Splinter would seek to claim revenge for his former master.

This story would see the return of Shredder, somehow magically be resurrected by worms that recreated his cells to reform his body back to life. Hey, it's comics. Anything can happen. This story would also lead up to the 10th issue of the regular series, and it was published December, 1986.

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2nd full appearance of Shredder?

This issue continues from Leonardo Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle #1 or simply Leonardo #1, and this just may be considered the 2nd full appearance of Shredder. The 10th issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles also sees the 2nd time the turtles and their most popular villain go at it as well.

Not that well known of a 2nd appearance and probably still over-looked. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #10 was published April, 1987.

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There are definitely some over-looked comics in this part of the series. The 2nd appearance of Shredder is definitely not being recognized just yet by industry. 

The error 2nd printing of issue #4 to the first TMNT series isn't widely known in the market just yet either and the amount of copies in existence is below the first issue. Doesn't mean that it won't cost you some bucks, but it's still relatively not that known.

Concerning the Turtlemania Special #1 variants, those will be hard finds and pretty expensive if you happen to come across one. I couldn't locate a single copy online.

So, definitely some goodies in this Part 2 to consider if you're a fan, a comic investor, a rare comic chaser, or all three. Click the PART 3 link below to continue with more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues.


  1. Hey it's EC here wanted to share my recent snags
    Captain Marvel 27 VF 7.0 $15
    Avengers 144 Fn 6.5 $15
    Avengers 181 x2 Fn 6.0/7.0 $20/15
    Spiderman 51 Vg 4.5 $15
    Detective comics 474 NM 9.0 $45
    Fantastic four 43/44 both VG 4.5 $30 for both
    Marvel team up 95 NM 9.0 $20
    So how do you think I did?

    1. Wow, EC, not bad. Not bad at all. Congrats on those snags!

  2. Turtlepower! Cowabunga Mayhem san!!!
    I liked me my daily dosis of Turtle cereal back in those days. Hmmmm!!! Munchy Marshmellow Turtles. Yummy!

    Mr. Chambers

    1. Cowabunga, Mr. Chambers. Good memories, huh? For some strange reason, the turtles remind me of Powell Peralta and the Bones Brigade.

  3. How about Grimjack #26? The first appearance of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in color!