Saturday, June 18, 2022

Nintendo Power Vol. 6


Originally published by: Nintendo of America

Publication date: May/June 1989


This issue of Nintendo Power features the Ninja Turtles as the cover feature as well as a strategy guide for the first Ultra/Konami TMNT video game on NES. 

Although the strategy guide features lots of original art, there is no comics content in this issue.

Turtle Tips:

*Despite being the cover and main feature of this issue of Nintendo Power, the Howard & Nester comic is actually dedicated to Ninja Gaiden. The TMNT will be the topic of the Howard & Nester comic in the next issue, Nintendo Power Vol. 7.


I don't plan to cover every gaming magazine that did features on TMNT video games, because that would be an enormous undertaking. I really only wanted to do a quick write-up on this one because of the confusion it causes. TMNT collectors searching for the Howard & Nester comic with the Turtles often buy this issue by mistake, not realizing that it's the NEXT volume that has the Turtles comic in it.

But if you REALLY care about this stuff, you may also want to seek out Nintendo Power Vol. 2. It has this itty bitty blurb in it, hyping the impending release of the first TMNT game on NES.

You know. For you completionists.


Monday, June 13, 2022

Pieces of Turtles 8 #2


Publication date: June 2022 (Canada), September 2022 (USA)

Publisher: Aardvark-Vanaheim

Curator: Dave Sim


Pieces of Turtles 8 is a miniseries chronicling the creation of TMNT (Vol. 1) #8. Included are photos, sketches, anecdotes, and other behind-the-scenes content from the memory of Dave Sim.

Turtle Tips:

*This issue was preceded by Pieces of Turtles 8 #1. Currently, it is uncertain if there will be more issues in this series, though the Pieces of Turtles 8 miniseries is intended to lead into Dave Sim's remastered edition of TMNT #8.

*The Swordfish/Canada edition of this issue has a print run of 227 copies. The USA edition was made available to preorder on Kickstarter, but as part of the Cerebus No 4 6-7/78 campaign as an optional tier, and not as its own campaign. Print run on the USA edition was 122 copies.


Another fascinating dip into the memory pool regarding Dave Sim and his collaborations with Mirage. Of all the anecdotes, I was moved most by Sim's memory of a brief encounter with the late Julie Strain, Kevin Eastman's wife at one time.

And for collector's reference, here is the back of the Canadian/Swordfish version:

And the United States version:

I didn't get a sketch on mine, but now I really wish I'd sprung for that tier...

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Pieces of Turtles 8 #1


Publication date: January 2022 (Canada), April 2022 (USA)

Publisher: Aardvark-Vanaheim

Curator: Dave Sim


Pieces of Turtles 8 is a 16-page "fanzine" collecting behind-the-scenes material related to TMNT (Vol. 1) #8. Included are photographs, sketches, anecdotes, artist's proofs, and many works never-before-published in any capacity from Dave Sim's personal archives.

Turtle Tips:

*This issue was followed by Pieces of Turtles 8 #2. The number of issues in Pieces of Turtles 8 is currently pending (could be 2, could be 3, depending on how much content is unearthed). The miniseries will inevitably lead to Dave Sim's own remastered edition of TMNT #8, currently scheduled for release in 2023.

*There are two editions of this issue: A Swordfish/Canadian edition (which came first) and a USA edition (which came second and was crowdfunded on Kickstarter). The Swordfish edition had a total print run of 125 copies and the USA edition had a run of 325 copies. They are identical save for the info on the back cover.


I was fortunate enough to snag one of the USA editions moments before the Kickstarter closed. Dave Sim ran a perfect crowdfunding campaign; book delivered right on time and with lots of updates along the way. For reference, here are the back covers so you can tell the different editions apart:

(Swordfish edition photo courtesy of Rich's TMNT catalogue; I only have the USA edition.)

The unearthed gems inside are fascinating if you're a TMNT historian interested in those early Mirage days. I'll be picking up any future installments and the TMNT #8 remaster!

Colt #2


Publisher: KZ Comics

Publication date: July, 1986

Writer: Tom Zjaba

Artist: Dan Berger


The comic itself has no TMNT content, but there is included a pin-up of Leonardo and Colt by Peter Laird.

Turtle Tips:

*Not much in the way of Turtles content, but hey, very early Dan Berger content you might want to check out!