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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

TMNT Flashback: Happy Halloween!

Wishing you a safe and happy Halloween, here's a look at one of the poster pullouts from the old Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles magazine. This awesome piece comes from the pen of Eric Talbot.

Complete Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation Series on DVD

While Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation has yet to see any sort of DVD release in the United States, there has been a series of releases in the UK. However, most of these releases merely regurgitated the first 5 episodes again and again, with occasional releases of episodes 6-11 and no releases of the second half of the series.

That is about to change and you will soon be able to own the entire Next Mutation series on DVD.

The first 11 episodes are currently available in the UK on the DVD 3-pack pictured above, titled "Turtles Night Out." A second release, with episodes 12-26, is due to be released on November 12.

Both DVDs are available to order from, but buyers should keep in mind that these are Region 2, PAL-formated DVDs. North American DVD players and TVs are built to play Region 1 and NTSC DVDs. An innovative person can find a way around this limitation.

Thanks to Gobo for keeping tabs on these DVDs. links:
Ninja Turtles - The Next Mutation Vol.1
Ninja Turtles - The Next Mutation Vol.2

Sunday, October 28, 2007

TMNT Flashback: Limited Edition Button Sets

From the Official TMNT Treasury:
In late 1984, Eastman and Laird met entrepreneur and fan Jeff Rudolph from Hartford, Connecticut. They struck a deal with him to issue a limited edition—of a thousand sets each—of four TMNT buttons. "They were pretty straightforward buttons, in black and white," remembers Laird. "I don't know if he ever sold them all—I know it took a long time for him to sell just half of them."

Eastman nods his head in agreement. "I don't think at the time they went over that famously. We put a couple ads in the early issues saying that we were selling them, and it was months and months and months before we sold the last couple sets. The guy had a button-making system at home, where he just got the artwork photocopied and then he hand-colored them with markers, and then numbered them himself." Eastman grins at how primitive it now sounds. "One of those early deals ... that was just a little ahead of its time."

Pictured below is the ad selling these buttons; these are the buttons themselves.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

TMNT Flashback: Dark Horse Minis Ad

The Dark Horse mini metal figurines were the first TMNT licensed product. Below is an early advertisement. This ad appeared in a handful of the Eastman and Laird comics - this particular scan comes from the second printing of TMNT #2.

Friday, October 26, 2007 Updates

Dan (the Man) updated today with an avalanche of information.

Here are some highlights:
13 new episodes of the TMNT cartoon are now in production for broadcast in the fall of 2008! After months of back-n-forth, all partners agreed on a new direction and the Turtles toon is back on the hot track! We can't reveal any specifics yet, but everyone's favorite Gang Green will be returning to present-day NYC and battling the baddies with their buddies Casey Jones and April O'Neil! This next phase of the show will feature new art direction that will tie the 2003 toon designs into the animated movie style by Imagi!

You can read a little more information on this development at The 5th Turtle.

This holiday season, Hot Topic will unveil boutiques dedicated to the TMNT retro merchandise and apparel. Hot Topic will have some exclusive items that feature artwork of Krang, Bebop and Rocksteady and will be an ideal place to find the retro merch!

Visit to see what TMNT gear they have currently available.

Kurt Adler will be producing Christmas ornaments that will be available at Wal-Mart this holiday season!


Visit to get the full scoop on these and other news items.

TMNT Flashback: Albedo #3 Ad

One of the most sought-after (and expensive) independent comics around is Albedo #2, because it features the first ever appearance of Usagi Yojimbo. Imagine flipping through a box of $.10 comics at a convention and finding Albedo #3 and #4, hoping that maybe, just maybe, there's a #2 stuck somewhere in the box, too. I never did find a #2 in there, but I purchased #s 3 & 4 with the hope that maybe their value would be a decent fraction of #2. Unfortunately, they're really not. But it worked out because I still got some cool Usagi content and, big bonus, an old ad for the original Eastman and Laird comics. Not too shabby for $.10.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

TMNT Flashback: New Age Comics #1 Ad

This is a new feature of the blog: TMNT Flashback. Hopefully on a semi-regular basis I will be posting scans of TMNT items of old, with the expectation that there are a lot of people who may not have seen these before and those who have might not have seen them in a long while.

This first submission is from New Age Comics #1 (1985) and is an ad for the original Eastman and Laird comic books.