WC11: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Return at IDW

Posted: April 2, 2011 in Uncategorized
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The Heroes in a Half Shell are set for a big return later this year, with IDW Publishing announcing today at WonderCon that it had acquired to license to publish new “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” material and also collect classic stories by “TMNT” creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The Turtles debuted in 1984 as a black-and-white independent comic parodying popular series of the day like “New Mutants,” “Daredevil,” Dave Sim’s “Cerebus” and Frank Miller’s “Ronin,” but were made world-famous by an immensely cartoon series in the late 1980s to ’90s; since that time, Donatello, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Leonardo have appeared in live-action movies, CGI-based films, further animated series and a host of toys, backpacks, lunch boxes and myriad other products. Last year, Nickelodeon bought the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” franchise outright for $60 million, with plans to launch yet another cartoon next year. Mirage Studios, the publisher founded by Eastman and Laird, ceased publishing Turtles comics shortly after the acquisition.

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