Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Book

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Book

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Description (Brief)
This 1984 comic book marks the first appearance of the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” a quartet of heroic reptiles created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The comic has been signed on the inside cover by the two authors.
From the humble pages of this independent publication, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles quickly developed into a global mass-media franchise and fixture of American popular culture. The turtles, four pizza-loving “dudes” named after artists from the Italian Renaissance, have been the subject of numerous successful television series, video games and Hollywood films; appearing on scores of licensed products, including toys, home goods, and apparel. Over the years, the franchise has attracted controversy for its violent content and aggressive marketing towards children.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four brothers: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael. Living in the sewer, they are trained to be ninjas by their sensei, a humanoid rat named Splinter. Enduring the tribulations of adolescence and appreciating the importance of family, the Turtles have been used to explore such issues as bullying, drug-use and pollution.
Eastman and Laird’s story began as parody of comics popular in the early 1980s. Inspirations included the medium’s original teenage mutants “The X-Men," as well as the gritty, martial-arts driven stories found in author Frank Miller’s work on “Daredevil” and “Ronin.” Miller, along with comic legend Jack Kirby, are thanked by the authors at the beginning of the first issue of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”
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Object Name
comic book
date made
place made
United States: New Hampshire, Dover
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Mirage Licensing, Inc.
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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