TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 30TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL
EDITED BY BOBBY CURNOW PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE BY SHAWN LEE
Sample art. Or iginals
Regular Cover Art by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird Colors by Ronda Pattison
Cover RI Art by Kevin Eastman Inks by Simon Bisley Colors by Ryan Brown
Cover RE IDW Convention Exclusive Art by Nick Pitarra Colors by Megan Wilson
Cover RE Awesome Con Exclusive Art by Dario Brizuela
Cover RE Hot Comics Exclusive
Cover RE Hot Topic Exclusive Art by Chris Allan Colors by Heather Breckel
www.hotcomics.com Art by Kevin Eastman &
Cover RE Yesteryear Comics Exclusive Art by Jamie Tyndall Colors by Ula Mos
Cover RE Yesteryear Comics Exclusive Art by Jamie Tyndall
Cover RE Heroes Haven Comics Art by Ozzy Fernandez Inks by Tony Kordos
Special thanks to Joan Hilty, Linda Lee & Kat VanDam for their invaluable assistance.
www.IDWPUBLISHING.com IDW founded by Ted Adams, Alex Garner, Kris Oprisko, and Robbie Robbins
Ted Adams, CEO & Publisher Greg Goldstein, President & COO Robbie Robbins, EVP/Sr. Graphic Artist Chris Ryall, Chief Creative Officer/Editor-in-Chief Matthew Ruzicka, CPA, Chief Financial Officer Alan Payne, VP of Sales Dirk Wood, VP of Marketing Lorelei Bunjes, VP of Digital Services Jeff Webber, VP of Digital Publishing & Busness Development
Facebook: facebook.com/idwpublishing Twitter: @idwpublishing YouTube: youtube.com/idwpublishing Instagram: instagram.com/idwpublishing deviantART: idwpublishing.deviantart.com Pinterest: pinterest.com/idwpublishing/idw-staff-faves
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 30th ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL. MAY 2014. FIRST PRINTING. © 2014 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. © 2014 Viacom Overseas Holdings C.V. All Rights Reserved. Nickelodeon, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, and all related titles, logos and characters are trademarks of Viacom Overseas Holdings C.V. Based on characters created by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.© 2014 Idea and Design Works, LLC. IDW Publishing, a division of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Editorial offices: 5080 Santa Fe Street, San Diego CA 92109. The IDW logo is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Any similarities to persons living or dead are purely coincidental. With the exception of artwork used for review purposes, none of the contents of this publication may be reprinted without the permission of Idea and Design Works, LLC. Printed in the Korea. IDW Publishing does not read or accept unsolicited submissions of ideas, stories, or artwork.
It all started with a small print run of a self-published comic that debuted in May 1984. Back then, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird shared a workspace they dubbed “Mirage Studios.” The name alluded to the fact that there was no actual studio, just a shared area they used to draw in. One night, in an effort to one-up each other creating ridiculous ideas, the two stumbled upon the concept of “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” From those unlikely beginnings sprang a pop-culture phenomenon that quickly rose to worldwide fame. Now, thirty years after the Turtles first emerged from the sewers, Turtlemania is still going strong. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this momentous anniversary than by revisiting some of the Turtle universes, and the artistic teams behind them, that have so greatly contributed to the phenomenon.
Ad for the first issue, 1984.
Original clip/poster art that was included in the first 1984 press release.
Top, left: The original ad from the inside back cover of TMNT #1 for the pre-turtle book â€œGobbledygook.â€? Top, right: The original book #1 press release from 1984. Above: The original four-turtle group shot that started it all from 1983. Right: The original ad for the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Convention where TMNT #1 premiered.
EARLY MIRAGE (1984–1993) Cover by Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird
READY SET GO Story and Art by Kevin Eastman The first TMNT comic series, later dubbed “Volume 1,” lasted sixty-two issues from 1984 to 1993. For the first years, Kevin and Peter did the lion’s share of the work, writing, penciling, and inking the series together. As the book‘s popularity exploded, they brought on fellow artists and writers to help tell new stories in a dazzling variety of styles. But the fundamental look and spirit of the book was anchored by Eastman and Laird’s art.
Their dedication to helping other comics creators was also a major driving force, from Laird’s 1992 founding of the Xeric Foundation to this story by Eastman in the 2012 edition of Hero Comics, a publication of the Hero Initiative, which helps comics creators in need. In “Ready, Set, Go,” Eastman harkens back to the “duotone” shading process that was a hallmark of many early Mirage Comics.
Story and Laird Art by Pin-up Pencils and Colors by Steve Lavigne â€˘ Inks by Peter Kevin Eastman