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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Key Comics Part 3

We are venturing into key issue comics for some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters that were more widely used in the cartoon series than the actual Mirage Comics. Some of the key issue first appearances of these characters started in the actual comic and were carried over into the cartoon.

Then again, quite a few were also created for the cartoon and carried over into the comics. Some of those who debuted on TV first and made their way into the actual comics have become significant and fan-favorite characters.

So, we will be looking at two of these characters in this third part to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key comics series. Both of the characters will be in the sequel to Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie franchise.

If you've been keeping up with the news about the sequel, you probably know which two villains I'm talking about. Alright, same drill as usual: This Part 2 link will bring you back in case you missed, but if you're ready to go, let's take a look at more Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues. 

As usual, enjoy and hope this helps you out on your hunt!




TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #1
1st issue to 7 issue limited series
1st appearance of Sid Jones

This is basically just a 1st issue, but it does have the first appearance of  Casey Jones' trouble-making cousin, Sid Jones. The character would not be a major villain nor supporting character for the comics.

Sid would randomly appear in the Mirage comics as well as the later TMNT comic series done by other publishers. He also appeared in the 2003 TMNT animate cartoon series as well.

As mentioned in Part 2 of this Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key comics series, the cover art to this comic was mistakenly used for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 second print that was printed up during the same time. That comic was later recalled but a few thousand copies survived.

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was published May, 1987, and it's pretty much a bargain bin key issue buy for now. Will that change in the future? Only time will tell, but this 7 issue comic series did have some first appearances and key issues contained within it.

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TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #2
1st appearance of Nobody

A costumed cop turned vigilante, Nobody first meets the turtles in this issue as well as his debut into the TMNT universe. After uncovering and stopping an arms ring with the caped hero, Leonardo gives the vigilante the codename of Nobody since his name was never given.

Nobody would appear here and there in the TMNT comics, and it would later be revealed that he is Officer Longer. Longer's first name was never revealed.

Nobody would appear sporadically throughout the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. This comic was published July, 1987.

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TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #4
1st appearance of the Rat King

Another notable turtle's villain that debuted in the comics is the Rat King. He is a certifiable madman, and like his name states, he controls an army of rats.

Rat King is definitely a foe that has recurred throughout the comics and widely utilized in the animated cartoon series as well. I think he has potential for a future TMNT movie and is one of the more enigmatic or mysterious characters within the universe.

In the Mirage comics, he's covered in bandages and looks kinda creepy, and if done right, he could be just as creepy in a movie. The cartoon made him look quite goofy though. Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 was published February, 1988.

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TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES #6
1st appearance of Leatherhead

Before Leatherhead ended up in the animated TMNT cartoon series, Leatherhead was an actual comic character from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics. He makes his first appearance in this spin-off title.

Leatherhead was an infant pet shop alligator who escaped into the sewers and was found by the Utroms. They would later expose him to the Mutagen which gave him increased intelligence.

Leatherhead would often be an ally for the turtles and on occasion a foe when forcibly manipulated. He would become a member of the Mighty Mutanimals during the Archie Comics series. The first appearance of Leatherhead in Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #6 was published August, 1988.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1
1st issue to 3 part limited series
1st comic appearance of Bebop & Rocksteady 
1st appearance of Krang

Believe it or not, Shredder wasn't really that much of a recurring foe in the Mirage TMNT comic series. He did appear here and there, but it was the animated cartoon that really solidified and brought Shredder into the spotlight as the main antagonist of Splinter and the turtles.

I'm not sure if the comics consider the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures part of canon, but a hell of a lot of people grew up watching the 1987 animated series back in the day. During the time of the cartoon, I remember seeing turtle's merchandise most everywhere.

This comic book mini-series adapted the first five episodes of the cartoon and was published by Archie Comics. These comics are simmering up in the market currently for high grades, so they are on some people's radars out there.

Although the characters first appeared in the animated cartoon, Bebop and Rocksteady make their first comic appearance in this issue. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will have the two dimwitted but popular goons amongst fans in the movie sequel.

Bebop will be played by Gary Anthony and Rocksteady by WWE wrestler Stephen Farrelly. 

This #1 issue also debuts the character of Krang in the comic book medium. Krang is a warlord from Dimension X with the sole purpose of conquering Earth.

The character was created for the animated cartoon series and was based off the Utroms from the comics. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 was published October, 1988.

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES ADVENTURES #1
1st issue to on-going series

This is the 1st issue to first TMNT Adventures on-going series. The first four issues adapts episodes from the animated cartoon, but issue #5 begins original stories for the comic series.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 from the second series published by Archie Comics really doesn't have any notable first appearances unless you count Irma Langinstein, who is April O'Neil's best-friend. Not sure, but I don't think that character was used much in this comic series. I could be wrong though.

However, it does kick off the on-going series which lasted for 72 issues, and many of the characters that were introduced in the animated cartoon made their first appearances in comics in this series. The 2nd and on-going series of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 was published by Archie Comics in March, 1989.

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I never thought I'd put the Archie Comics series in here, but it looks like there are some keys or first appearances worth mentioning. Bebop & Rocksteady have become popular characters with the mythos and they'll be making their first big screen debut in the recent TMNT sequel.

So plenty of first appearances in Part 3. Many aren't that well-known in industry and CGC or Overstreet aren't exactly noting them. Maybe they will in the future or maybe not. I have no idea what they deem important to note or not.

More Turtle Power and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles key issues in Part 4, so click the link below to carry onward.




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