Turtle Takeover: News from Inside the Shell!
What’s interesting in Turtle land, you ask? We’ll skip over the obvious introductions of 1984 First Printings, the Gobbledygook #1 and #2 “Ad for TMNT” issues, and also the apparent death on Donatello, to focus on other equally interesting Turtle news.
In case you haven’t noticed, Raphael #1 One-shot from 1985 has almost doubled in value when news broke that Casey Jones will appear in the TMNT #2 movie. He makes his first appearance in this over-sized issue. Bebop and Rocksteady were also confirmed, creating a slight jump (let’s call it a hop) for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #1 (August 1988), where they debut. This issue can easily be confused with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Series from March 1989.
Time to take a look at some valuable, lesser known TMNT comics …
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures Special 11 (December, 1994)
The last issue of the Specials can fetch $50+. Issue #10 can fetch high prices as well.
Turtlemania Special, 1986
This 30-page B&W Ashcan formatted issue contains previously unpublished pages of Turtles artwork. It was produced in three editions; the regular edition with a 3,000 print run, an autographed silver edition that was limited to a print run of 100 and an autographed Gold edition that included an original sketch on the back. This Gold issue is for the die-hard turtles fan. It was limited to only 10 copies! If we focus on the regular edition, pictured above, it can fetch close to $100.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, Limited 1 for 20 Retailer Incentive – IDW Publishing, 2011.
This one is fast approaching the $100 mark. There are many variants to this issue, with others, too, that sell well.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #71
For anyone into the Skottie Young Baby Variant craze, wouldn’t you think this is a must have? A low print run will always keep this issue in demand.