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Old 03-21-2018, 11:51 AM   #1
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Splinter was also named after a Renassaince Artist?

A notary's son and younger brother of Masaccio, Giovanni di Ser Giovanni Guidi was once a mercenary soldier. In 1421 he was working in a International style painter's workshop in Florence and probably also collaborating closely with Masaccio's workshop. By his 1430 enrollment in the Guild of Saint Luke, he was called "Scheggia," meaning splinter, a Tuscan nickname given to individuals of slight stature or to someone who is associated with wood. Between 1436 and 1440, he collaborated on the intarsia, or wood-mosaic, designs for cupboards in Florence Cathedral's new sacristy. He joined the painters' guild in 1433.

Everyone references "Stick" from Daredevil as the inspiration behind Splinter's name, but then I came across a comment somewhere linking the Renaissance artist's nickname to him, which makes more sense given that the Turtles are also named after Renaissance artists.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:17 PM   #2
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I mean, that's pretty cool and all, I just don't think it's anything other than a coincidence. If it was intentional, then how come it's never been acknowledged by Kevin or Peter?

I just know someone is going to try and dig up some obscure interview just to prove me wrong.
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Turtles is basically the red-headed stepchild of Nick.
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Old 03-21-2018, 12:25 PM   #3
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That's an interesting finding, The-Shredder.

It makes me wonder if any other characters were inspired by ancient artists.
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:35 PM   #4
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100% coincidence, 100% cool!
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Old 03-21-2018, 01:41 PM   #5
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One of the future versions could make that the origin of his name, a self fufilling prophecy.
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The biggest villains were the censors. What they could do without being held back is my question. Shredder could've done more than blow up the Channel Six building. I don't mean as far as murdering Splinter, but think of the possibilities if censors were not an issue. Shredder and Krang combined had the biggest arsenal of any villains in all of the cartoons.
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Old 03-21-2018, 02:04 PM   #6
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I think that's a coincidence, but a really cool one. Maybe a future incarnation could incorporate that with Sheggia/Splinter being Yoshi's nickname due to his fascination with Renaissance artists.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:22 PM   #7
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They named him after Stick, the mentor of Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
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It was definitely not a kid's book.
That was the thing that always mystified me about the turn the franchise took when Eastman and Laird licensed the cartoon and the parallel comic book published by the same outfit that gave us Archie. The turtles' original origin story? The whole thing hinges on a for-Christ's-sake rape-murder!!!!
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Old 03-30-2018, 12:35 AM   #8
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100% coincidence, 100% cool!
An Awesome case of life imitating art.
"We're ninjas." Leo, the Samurai
"We're mutants!" Raph, the Outsider
"Technically, we're turtles." Donnie, the Nerd
"And we're teenagers." Mikey, the Teenager
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