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:

*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:

The unearthed gems inside are fascinating if you're a TMNT historian interested in those arly 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!



Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Japanese TMNT toy advertisements and manga spreads from TV Magazine

 A Japanese reader, "Kyano13neo", was scanning his old volumes of TV Magazine and, when he found some TMNT pages, was kind enough to share them with me! I'm not sure how to catalog these, so I'll just post them as an image gallery for the curious. These are an interesting look into the unique way the original TMNT toyline was promoted in Japan. The Mutations line received a very big push in Japan (you may have already seen artwork from Takara's collectible card game that was released as a further Japanese exclusive tie-in to the line). The Micro playsets also received a considerable push, it seems. 

These pages come from late in the series' Japanese release, as they also include manga and advertisements for the Super Mutant and Metal Mutant lines, which closed out the original toyline in Japan. Enjoy that wonderful Hidetsugu Yoshioka artwork!

Friday, January 28, 2022

The Aniverse #1


Originally published by: WeeBee Comics

Publication Date: October, 1987


The main story does not feature the TMNT. The only Ninja Turtles content is the back-inside cover, which features a pin-up of Donatello with Aniverse character Varcel, drawn by Peter Laird and inked by Michael Dooney.

Turtle Tips:

*This pin-up is only available in the 2nd printing of the issue. The 1st printing features an ad for Arrow Comics in its place. The covers are identical between printings, so be wary if you're trying to find this one for your TMNT collection.

*Aniverse characters also appeared in the crossover special Quest for Dreams Lost #1, which also featured the TMNT (although they never meet the Aniverse cast).


I don't own this comic, so all credit for discovering yet another rare indie comics Mirage TMNT crossover goes to Rich and his amazing TMNT Collection website/Instagram account.