Friday, February 24, 2012

Awesome Turtle Picture #012

This piece was originally created for the Fantagraphics book New Age Comics #2, but didn't see print in that title due to cancellation.  It was first published by Fantagraphics in Amazing Heroes #107, then by Mirage in TMNT (Vol. 1) #15. A self-portrait by Eastman and Laird showing off the Mirage Studio of circa 1985:

And here's the color version:


Adam said...

Check your email for the color version!

PL said...

This art was in no way "commissioned by Fantagraphics". Kevin Eastman and I created this piece -- the black and white version of which we both penciled and inked, with the color version painted by Kevin -- on our own time, for our own purpose. That purpose was to run this art as an advertisement in the second issue of the Fantagraphics ad rag "New Age Comics", an ad which we would have paid Fantagraphics to place in that book.

"New Age Comics" #2 never happened, so the art gathered dust until we decided to print it on the back cover of TMNT Volume One #15, just for the heck of it (and because we both thought the piece was a lot of fun). I still like to look at it, for the wealth of little details which remind me of what the Studio once like at that time. -- PL

Mark Pellegrini said...


I appreciate the clarification!