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Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
02-01-2017, 10:11 AM
Which was your first TMNT comic ever, and when did you get it? My was a November 1991 Archie issue with the turtles' mission to Amazonas, Brazil.

DestronMirage22
02-01-2017, 11:28 AM
My first TMNT comic related thing was Book III from First Publishing. As for individual issue, I had the "luck" of finding Mirage issue 38 for $1. Too good a deal to resist, even for that issue. :lol:

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/tmnt/images/8/8f/Book3.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080209102618
http://www.miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/38/38cover.jpg

coreyrc87
02-01-2017, 11:31 AM
My very first was a random Mirage vol. 2 issue (I'm still not sure which) and a few late vol. 1 issues that I got as a gift just because I liked TMNT, when I was pretty young. No idea where those ended up, but I'm sure if I searched my parents' attic enough I'd find them, mangled beyond any readability, no doubt. My first that I bought myself (and still have) was Vol. 1 #7. I was going to my first con and Kevin Eastman was going to be there, so I wanted to get a Mirage issue to get signed by him, and that's the only one the local comic shop had in stock that wasn't a reprint.

Cyndaquilfan123
02-01-2017, 04:47 PM
IDW #18, I believe?

Andrew NDB
02-01-2017, 04:56 PM
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oldmanwinters
02-01-2017, 05:22 PM
Good one to start with, Andrew!

I'm afraid I can't even remember my first TMNT comic, but it was possibly Archie TMNT Adventures (ongoing) #1. Can't quite remember, as I may have started with issue 3 or 4 and then tracked down the rest in back issue bins.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
02-01-2017, 05:26 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZQq-5GugkFI/VDKPKSE75nI/AAAAAAAAOU8/PWTsmfvpDZ8/s1600/13-1.jpg

Andrew NDB
02-01-2017, 05:38 PM
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZQq-5GugkFI/VDKPKSE75nI/AAAAAAAAOU8/PWTsmfvpDZ8/s1600/13-1.jpg

Is that the one that has a beheading picture I drew in the back of it?

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
02-01-2017, 05:47 PM
Is that the one that has a beheading picture I drew in the back of it?

I honestly don't remember... did you write in a lot during Image TMNT? What about the other Mirage volumes?

CyberCubed
02-01-2017, 06:25 PM
It was one of the Archie issues, I'm not sure which though.

Powder
02-01-2017, 06:36 PM
http://miragelicensing.com/comics/archie/22/cover.jpg

followed by

http://miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/23/23cover.jpg

followed by

http://miragelicensing.com/comics/image/05/cover.jpg & http://miragelicensing.com/comics/image/06/cover.jpg

Now imagine my confusion as a 6 year old who thought these were all part of the same series. :tlol:

lonewarrior20
02-01-2017, 06:39 PM
for me it was heroes in a half shell the complete adventure
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ProphetofGanja
02-01-2017, 06:43 PM
http://miragelicensing.com/comics/archie/22/cover.jpg

followed by

http://miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/23/23cover.jpg

followed by

http://miragelicensing.com/comics/image/05/cover.jpg & http://miragelicensing.com/comics/image/06/cover.jpg

Now imagine my confusion as a 6 year old who thought these were all part of the same series. :tlol:

That's hilarious 😂 😂 😂

oldmanwinters
02-01-2017, 07:09 PM
I gotta say, Powder, that explains a lot about you!

MikeandRaph87
02-01-2017, 07:14 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dBl63DFC7ec/TeWAUvO3svI/AAAAAAAAFzk/x6_kEFBUgDg/s1600/TMNTA33-01.jpg

I got it from my paternal grandmother as a gift for learning to read. She encouraged me to get the series for the rest of its run to help my reading skills.

Jephael
02-01-2017, 08:49 PM
Issue 21 of the Archie series. Couple months later I picked up issues 23 and 25, then I began ordering back issues from the publication company (bear in mind this was all pre internet)

DestronMirage22
02-01-2017, 08:55 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-dBl63DFC7ec/TeWAUvO3svI/AAAAAAAAFzk/x6_kEFBUgDg/s1600/TMNTA33-01.jpg

I got it from my paternal grandmother as a gift for learning to read. She encouraged me to get the series for the rest of its run to help my reading skills.

She sounds like an awesome grandma!

Andrew NDB
02-01-2017, 08:58 PM
I honestly don't remember... did you write in a lot during Image TMNT? What about the other Mirage volumes?

I had a letter in almost every issue of the Image series. And I'm pretty sure #13 was the issue that had some crude art of mine, too.

I only had one letter printed in Vol. 4 to my recollection... somewhere in the 20s. And it was about, "Why don't you just embrace Vol. 3 as canon?" He responded in earnest.

CylonsKlingonsDaleksOhMy
02-01-2017, 09:05 PM
I had a letter in almost every issue of the Image series. And I'm pretty sure #13 was the issue that had some crude art of mine, too.

I only had one letter printed in Vol. 4 to my recollection... somewhere in the 20s. And it was about, "Why don't you just embrace Vol. 3 as canon?" He responded in earnest.

I'd love to see Laird's verbatim response to that. I know his sentiment, but I haven't read his actual thought on that in so long...

Powder
02-01-2017, 09:31 PM
It's definitely a trip reading TMNT comics & knowing who half of the people writing letters are on a personal level. To think I was seeing the names of people who'd become my friends 15 years later. Cool. Didn't expect I'd be in contact or collaborating with any of the artists/writers either, for that matter. What wondrous things the internet can do.

Mayhem
02-02-2017, 02:42 AM
First thing I read, borrowed First Publishing's TMNT #1 graphic novel from someone at school around 1989 (so issues 1-3). First comic I actually bought myself, I think was Mirage #1.42, interesting one to begin with!

DevilSpooky
02-02-2017, 03:21 AM
Can't really remember, but it was from Archie (only TMNT comics I had growing up), probably one of the UK only stories.

Raph
02-02-2017, 03:49 AM
Mine was the first Archie comic, only here in the Netherlands it was released under a company called JuniorPress. After that I bought each issue every month at my local magazine store.
It wasn't until the late nineties (after Next Mutation) that I suddenly found some Image comics at a market, and when I got internet I was blown away by the fact that there were comics dating back to 1984. It took me 2 years to collect everything there was at that time.

RaphaelsIsolation
02-02-2017, 02:30 PM
I wasn't into comics as kid... wished I was though... Just didn't have friends around me that were into it.

My dad got me some sort of TMNT comic around 1993 or 1994. I don't remember what issue it was, I wanna say it was #4 2nd print but I don't know.

It was burned up in a fire a long time ago though. My 1st comic since that point was the #1 Halloween edition from 2012 along with the 2 infestation issues.. and from there lots happened with TMNT again. The first issue I remember seeing on the stands was #13 and #14. I remember thinking... wow those look cool. TMNT are doing comics again?

Andrew NDB
02-02-2017, 02:53 PM
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As I recall... there was this kid passing it around the classroom like it was contraband. I paid him my lunch money for it, and probably still owed him a quarter or two the next day.

Back on how confusing it was for Powder... why did they include "Eastman & Laird's" above TMNT Adventures for Archie? It... wasn't.

CyberCubed
02-02-2017, 03:08 PM
As a kid I liked Archie because it was most similar to the cartoon, and that was essentially the whole point of it. To get kids my age who were watching the cartoon in the comics.

I can't remember what the first Mirage comics I got, it was probably one of the City at War issues though. And not in order, one of the middle issues. So obviously I had no idea what was going on as it was the middle of a story arc, the art was in black and white (which as a kid was a huge turn off, I specifically remember saying, "Why didn't they color this?" as a kid) and the cover had all the turtles in red banana's.

Sometime later I got Bodycount #4, and seeing Raphael blast everyone with a machine gun and their heads explode really did a number on my young 12 year old mind. :lol:

oldmanwinters
02-02-2017, 03:31 PM
As I recall... there was this kid passing it around the classroom like it was contraband. I paid him my lunch money for it, and probably still owed him a quarter or two the next day.

Back on how confusing it was for Powder... why did they include "Eastman & Laird's" above TMNT Adventures for Archie? It... wasn't.

Like any successful drug cartel, the colorful comic was a hook to get the kiddos addicted to the stronger stuff. Including the E&L notice was simply the clue to lead them into away from the supermarket newsstand and into the specialty shops.

DrSolarMOTA
02-02-2017, 04:31 PM
Awesome thread.

My first issue was the first 10 issues of the Archie series. Bought at a KB Toys for $1.00 each. The look on my grandmother's face when she saw that she just spent $10 on comics... Those issues were quickly followed up by Mirage #28, and the four First Comics trades of issues 1-11.

And I've never looked back. :)

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Jephael
02-02-2017, 07:07 PM
why did they include "Eastman & Laird's" above TMNT Adventures for Archie? It... wasn't.

Like any successful drug cartel, the colorful comic was a hook to get the kiddos addicted to the stronger stuff. Including the E&L notice was simply the clue to lead them into away from the supermarket newsstand and into the specialty shops.

The funny thing is we now know certain people at Mirage were heavily involved in the writing and artwork for the Archie comics, and there were even ads in issues of Mirage Volume 1 that informed fans of the comics that there was an ongoing alternative series. That being said, you would think the two publications would have done a better job cross promoting one another. Also you would think comic books in general would be advertised in TV commercials the same way toys were, since they were pretty much also forms of merchandise for the franchise.

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
02-03-2017, 02:57 PM
Back on how confusing it was for Powder... why did they include "Eastman & Laird's" above TMNT Adventures for Archie? It... wasn't.

I liked it. It taught hundreds of millions of children around the world who were the guys behind TMNT.

neatoman
02-04-2017, 05:28 AM
I liked it. It taught hundreds of millions of children around the world who were the guys behind TMNT.

I'd say that's a good thing, though if anyone was interested they could just look at the "Based on characters by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman" credit that is on every piece of TMNT media. It's even on the trade for IDW's mutanimals, that doesn't even feature characters by Laird and Eastman aside from kind of the Mutagen Man and maybe Slash. It might even be why Fred Wolf's lawsuit failed, that credit was on every episode.

thingy
02-04-2017, 05:40 AM
My first comic was Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Adventures #6 which (checking TMNT Entity) was a reprint of TMNTA #3. Not sure how many more issues I got, but I didn't like the series.

Years later though I have enjoyed IDW's TMNTA reprints.

myconius
02-06-2017, 02:27 PM
my first Tmnt comics was a HUGE lot that i had bought of my friend at the time. this was maybe '90 or '91?
he sold me a really nice bundle that included Mirage (vol. 1) 1-23 (various printings) , all four turtle micro-series, fugitoid, tmnt:challenges, gobledygook (vol.2) #1, Turtle Soup (vol.1) #1, the solson weapon instructional comics, and there's probably a few other odds and ends that i can't recall off-hand.

after reading those it kicked GI Joe to the curb from being my favorite comic series!!
from that point on Snake-Eyes didn't have nothing on Leonardo! :D

my favorites from the bunch were Tmnt#1, the Leonardo Micro, and Challenges.


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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ixhx77SMIj0/TjA98BKtthI/AAAAAAAAGdY/LmbPwDtkaSE/s1600/Leo01.jpg
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i'm not sure where my friend was getting his comics from, cuz none of the LCS around me carried any of the Mirage single issues. just the Archie stuff which i wasn't really interested in.

at a point when i really needed money i sold off most of my comic collection.
sold all the Tmnt comics except for the solson books. (didn't think i'd ever see those again)
eventually i re-bought the Mirage stuff i had sold, plus as many subsequent releases i had never gotten before.

i STILL never read any of the Archie stuff! :lol:

twopinacoladas
02-07-2017, 02:22 AM
First Publishings TMNT colored issues 1-4 and the Green Grey Sponge Suit Sushi Turtles Official TMNT movie parody books were my first comic books as a kid.

http://miragelicensing.com/comics/books/first01.jpg http://miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/movieparody/cover.jpg

When I started looking and becoming aware of the comics later in my early 20's just before the launch of the 2k3 show I found a TMNT #4 first print, got several other collections, single issues and every thing else I could find.

pferreira
02-09-2017, 09:17 AM
My first Turtles comic I believe was the UK Hero Turtles comic but my first Mirage Turtles comic was this by Orion:

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/tmnt/images/7/7e/Book2.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20080209102521

Original TMNT Cartoon Fan
02-11-2017, 06:39 AM
that credit was on every episode.

It was just at the end of the closing crediss of each episode.

THGhost
02-13-2017, 06:55 PM
http://www.galaxyofheroescomics.com/uploads/6/3/2/2/63225149/s174837487503900128_p400_i1_w640.jpeg

Not my own personal copy, that one's long-gone.

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-ZQq-5GugkFI/VDKPKSE75nI/AAAAAAAAOU8/PWTsmfvpDZ8/s1600/13-1.jpg

Dang that's some dark stuff for your first TMNT comic. :lol:

myconius
02-18-2017, 05:38 PM
http://www.galaxyofheroescomics.com/uploads/6/3/2/2/63225149/s174837487503900128_p400_i1_w640.jpeg

Not my own personal copy, that one's long-gone.


that's a good issue to start with. :)

did you ever buy a replacement copy?

i lucked out big time that the set i bought already had all the micro-series issues. even Fugitiod. :)
not that that mattered in the end! :lol: