Jul 6, 2010

Easter Eggs in Comics: Daredevil and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Welcome to another installment of Easter Eggs in Comics! Click here for the archive!

Today's Easter Egg comes from the first ever issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in 1984, which was the first appearance of - dare I say it - the most successful indie comic property of all time.

In these pages, we see how the Turtles mutated from ordinary pet turtles to the teenage ninjas we know and love: through radioactive ooze spilled from a truck that got into an accident. The accident occurred when the truck was about to hit a blind man, and a young man saved him from becoming street pizza.

Does that sound familiar?

Why, yes, the whole thing is a takeoff on the origin of Daredevil! At the time, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird came up with the origin as a tribute to Frank Miller's Daredevil and Dave Sim's Cerebus. In fact, Daredevil regularly faces off against the ninja clan known as the Hand, while the Turtles, of course, regularly fight the Foot.

Pretty funny, huh?


Dev said...

Holy shit! I think this post just ruined my childhood. I Loved TMNT!! Did you know that in england they were called 'Tennage Mutant HERO Turtles'?
But they did come up with some great stories though - I used to have a reproduction of the #1 issue and it was great art and fantastic storytelling!

Dev said...

Holy Shit! I think this post just killed my childhood. I loved TMNT!! BTW, did you know that in England, they were called 'Teenage Mutant HERO Turtles'? Fun fact.
But seriously, excluding the much-loved movies and cartoons, the TMNT comics were amazing. Always darker than those on screen, I thought that they combined great storytelling and with gritty artwork. I used to have a reproduction of that #1 issue and I remember how great it was, with the highlight being a bloody hand-to-hand combat match with the Turtles Vs the Shredder.

Duy Tano said...

Dev! They actually reproduced the #1 issue for last year's Free Comic Book Day, which is how I got my hands on it. Did you ever see Turtles Forever? It came out late last year, and it's great - basically, the 2002 Turtles meet the 1987 Turtles, and they find out they're a part of one big Turtle multiverse that originates from that #1 issue. Scenes were lifted straight out of the comic!

As for Hero Turtles, I actually remember them being Hero Turtles here too eventually. I thought it was ridiculous.

Peachy said...

Disclaimer: This is going to be one of those utterly useless comments that contribute nothing to the discussion.


Thank you.

Duy Tano said...

Do you mean the Turtles in general or those specific Turtles?

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