Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1

Illustrated by: Various

Cover Art by: Kevin Eastman, and Peter Laird

Written by: Various

Release date: July 10th, 2024

IDW Publishing

*Minor Spoilers Ahead

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 40! Revisit some of their greatest eras with stories told by some of the many creators of the page and screen who made each iteration of the Turtles so special!

This all-new anthology takes a look all the way back to the start, celebrating that initial spark of creativity from Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and then works its way through the next four decades, highlighting fan-favorite touchstones from comic books and beyond. Eastman leads a host of incredible talent who are contributing new stories and pinups from a gaggle of legendary TMNT contributors, including Jim Lawson, Tristan Jones and Paul Harmon, Ronda Pattison and Pablo Tunica, Tom Waltz and Michael Dialynas, Ciro Nieli, Lloyd Goldfine with Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, Andy Suriano, Chris Allan and many more, all hearkening back to the era of TMNT they are best known for, ranging from the initial Mirage series through the 1990s and up until now, as well as the Tales of TMNT and Rise of the TMNT.

Featuring a host of covers designed to celebrate individual decades, including new pieces by Eastman & Laird, Campbell, Randolph, the Escorza Brothers, Michael Dooney, Vincenzo Federici, Michael Dialynas, and the mighty Simon Bisley! Plus a special “Golden Age” cover by Michael Cho!

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have reached an incredible milestone, turning 40 this year! To commemorate this special occasion, IDW Publishing has released “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1,” a remarkable anthology that takes fans on a nostalgic journey through the Turtles’ rich history. With 72 pages of brand-new stories and pinup art, this special issue is a treasure trove for any TMNT fan.

The cover art by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the original creators of the Turtles, immediately sets the tone for this celebration. Their iconic style transports fans back to the very beginning, evoking memories of the gritty, black-and-white Mirage series that started it all. The collaboration between Eastman and Laird is a heartwarming sight, reminding readers of the creative spark that ignited the TMNT phenomenon.

The anthology itself is a testament to the enduring legacy of the Turtles, featuring contributions from a star-studded roster of artists and writers. Jim Lawson, Tristan Jones, Paul Harmon, Ronda Pattison, Pablo Tunica, Tom Waltz, Michael Dialynas, Ciro Nieli, Lloyd Goldfine with Khary Randolph and Emilio Lopez, Andy Suriano, Chris Allan, and many more have all brought their unique talents to this project. Each story and pinup harks back to a specific era of TMNT, from the Mirage series to the ’90s cartoons, and even the modern iterations like “Tales of TMNT” and “Rise of the TMNT.”

One of the standout features of this issue is the variety of cover art, each designed to celebrate a different decade of the Turtles’ history. New pieces by Eastman & Laird, Campbell, Randolph, the Escorza Brothers, Michael Dooney, Vincenzo Federici, Michael Dialynas, and the legendary Simon Bisley adorn this special edition. Additionally, a “Golden Age” cover by Michael Cho adds a touch of vintage charm to the collection.

The stories within are a delightful mix of action, humor, and heart, showcasing the Turtles in their many forms. Whether it’s revisiting classic battles or exploring new adventures, each story captures the essence of what makes the TMNT so beloved. The anthology format allows for a variety of styles and tones, ensuring that there is something for every fan to enjoy.

Priced at $11.99, this 72-page special issue offers incredible value, considering the wealth of talent involved and the high-quality content provided. It’s a fitting tribute to four decades of heroes in a half shell, and a must-have for any fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Seeing Eastman and Laird working together again is a nostalgic delight and a reminder of the magic that started it all. Here’s hoping they consider a full reunion comic before they retire, as their combined creativity continues to inspire and entertain generations of fans.

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1” is not just a comic; it’s a celebration of an enduring legacy that has touched the hearts of millions. Cowabunga, dudes! Here’s to another 40 years of Turtle power!

“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 40th Anniversary Comics Celebration #1” will be available on our weekly new comic book wall on this coming Wednesday.

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Shell Shocked: Celebrating 40 Years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Colors - 9.4
Design - 9.7
Illustration - 9.8
Narrative - 9.8
Subplot - 9.8

9.7

Discover the essence of TMNT's legacy as Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird reunite, alongside a powerhouse of creators, to bring you a spectacular anthology.


Genre: Superhero
Series: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles | Illustrated by Various
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