Sunday, August 4, 2013

Awesome Turtle Picture #23


Here are some pieces that may not all be "awesome", but they're certainly rare.  This art (cover by Simon Bisley, interiors by Paulo Parentes Studio in Italy) was originally commissioned by Palladium Books for their second edition of the TMNT & Other Strangeness RPG:









Palladium wound up dropping the TMNT license due to low sales of the previous TMNT & Other Strangeness products and all this art went to waste.  They eventually published it in their collector's magazine, The Rifter (issue #9, 2000).

Intended to be contemporary to the TMNT franchise of 1997, you'll notice the Turtles all feature design elements from the short-lived, live-action Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation television series (the sashes with their initials on them, Michelangelo wielding tonfa instead of nunchakus).  Meanwhile, Casey Jones is garbed in his "star-spangled hockey mask", a fashion statement exclusive to the Image-published TMNT comics of the late '90s (Bodycount and TMNT Vol. 3).

April still looks like a relic of the '80s, though.


5 comments:

Ioannes Paulus said...

Pretty decent pics. :) I like 'em all. Is that double sai even an existing weapon by the way?

Pete Best said...

I think Raphael is just holding his sais end to end in that picture as I think he's done in some versions of artwork/ cartoons, Ioannes! I love all that art though I think they got their colours mixed up a bit on the first picture.

Ioannes Paulus said...

Hey Pete, So that means he's holding 4 sais on the solo Raph art? Strange.

Adam Winters said...

One of these days, I need to buy one of the Rifter issues that features the Casey Jones advertisement so I can get a higher resolution scan.

Chet said...

Simon Bisley really screwed up bad in terms of colouration and weaponry. Donatello wearing a blue bandana en swinging nunchucks? Mikey (I guess?) holding a bo staff? Leo with a purle-ish bandana? I guess he only cared to get Raphael right...

And the artwork inside is horrible. The inks are okay, but it looks like they're on steroids and xtc. I can only pray Michael Bay won't use these images as a reference...