New York City, chemical ooze, and the delicious smell of pizza can only mean one thing — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
For being named after Renaissance artist greats, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michelangelo, had rather humble beginnings. Let’s travel back to 1983 to when Kevin Eastman created the idea for the turtles during a brainstorming session with his friend Peter Laird. Eastman’s drawing featured a masked turtle holding nunchakus. Taking both their tax refunds and a loan from Eastman’s uncle the two friends set out create a one issue parody comic that would become a pop culture phenomenon. The pair’s art style and story were heavily influenced by Frank Miller and Klaus Jansen’s work on their run on Marvel’s Daredevil as well as Frank’s DC comics series, Ronin. Splinter was based on Daredevil’s mentor from the Frank Miller run, “Stick.” The cover to issue 1 of the TMNT was based on Frank Miller’s Ronin issue 1 cover.
The Daredevil Connection Part Two
You might be surprised to learn that the Turtles also share their origins with Daredevil. In the Marvel comic, Matt Murdock is hit on the head by a radioactive canister while saving a blind man from a speeding car which leads to his own blindness and the awakening of his other senses. As a further tip of the hat to Frank Miller’s influence, if you follow that canister after its collision with Matt’s head you’d see it roll into a sewer where it would spill its glowing contents onto our ninjas to be. Five superheroes from one little can of goo, that’s one hard-working canister.
Get ready to relive your childhood Saturday mornings with a gallery full of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan art!
Hey, Dudes! Cowabunga says it all.”
You have youth, and I have experience. But only those who fight now have both.”
Cricket? Nobody understands cricket! You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket!”
Here goes Gak-Face”
A true Ninja is a master of himself and his environment, so don't forget: We're turtles!”
Pork rind?… Pork rind”
Hey didn't we see these guys on WrestleMania?”
Wise men say forgiveness is divine but never pay full price for late pizza.”
Pizza dude’s got 30 seconds…”
The rat is the cleanest one.”
Donatello: Bossa Nova!
Leonardo and Michaelangelo look at Donatello
Michaelangelo: Dude, "Bossa Nova"?
Donatello: Chevy Nova?
Leonardo and Michaelangelo groan
Leonardo and Michaelangelo cheer in approval; Raphael walks sullenly behind them
- Who is your favorite TMNT character and why?
- What would you like to see in future editions of Fan Art Friday?