TMNT 1st Appearance Resource List

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This week, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comic Books Resource.

 

THE MIRAGE YEARS

 

Gobbledygook 1 & 2 : The first printed image of the Turtles, while it used to be a hot debate, it is now a quagmire of confusion, see notes at the bottom for the results of Paul W’s research.

TMNT 1 :

1st Appearance of Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael and Michaelangelo as well as Splinter, the Shredder, the Foot Clan, Hamato Yoshi, Tang Shen, Oroku Nagi and Chester Manley.

Arguably the most important comic printed since 1974, there are 3 printings of the “Original Oversize Style” cover, with the 4th and later printings being alternate cover art as well as “normal comics” size.

TMNT 2 : 1st Appearance of April O’neil, Baxter Stockman and Mousers.

 

TMNT 3 : 1st Utroms

 

TMNT #5 :  1st Commander Mozar

 

TMNT 6 :  1st Zog, Zanramon, Monza Ram

 

TMNT 8 : 1st Renet, Savanti Romero, Lord Simultaneous

 

TMNT 18 : 1st Warrior Dragon

 

TMNT 49 : 1st Robyn O'neil

TMNT 53/54 :  1st Karai / 1st Full Karai.

 

TMNT 58 : 1st Shadow

 

TMNT #4(1994) : 1st The Bog

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #9 : 1st Mr Braunze

 

Fugitoid #1 : 1st Fugitoid

Raphael #1 : 1st  Casey Jones

 

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 (Mini): 1st Rat King

 

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #5: 1st Complete Carnage, Radical

 

Tales of the TMNT 6(Mini) : 1st Leatherhead

 

Tales of the TMNT #61 : 1st John Bishop

 

TMNT ADVENTURES:

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #1 (Mini) : 1st Bebop  / Rocksteady  / Krang

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures 1

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #2(Mini) : 1st Traag

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #5 : 1st Ray Filet

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #7 :  1st Ace Duck, Cudley Cowlick, Cryin Hound & Trap

 

TMNT ADVENTURES 8 : 1st  Wingnut

 

TMNT ADVENTURES 12 : 1st Maligna, Malignoids, Scul & Bean

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #14 : 1st Jagwar, Juntara

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #15 : 1st Mr Null, Dreadmon, Kid Terra

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #18 : 1st Mondo Gecko, Candy Fine

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #23 : 1st Slash

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #28 : 1st Ninjara, Oyuki Mamisha, Chien Khan

 

TMNT ADVENTURES 33 : 1st Catmandu

 

TMNT ADVENTURES #35 : 1st Verminator X, Al-Fal Que'

 

TMNT ADVENTURES SPECIAL #11 : 1st Mei Pieh Chi(First female turtle)

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mutant Universe Sourcebook #3 : 1st Dead Eye, Lynch, Golani, Kid Cortex, Sarnath, Toxzeem and many more 1-4 appearance characters.

IDW :   

Keep in mind, most issues have cover A, B(or sub) and an incentive, some have Retailer Exclusive(Store Variants) as well.

 

SDCC Ashcan : 1st Old Hob

 

TMNT 11: 1st Purple Dragons >> Chun, Link, Malo

 

TMNT 14   1st Quanin

 

TMNT 25:  1st Koya, 1st Xiang Fei Tong 

 

TMNT 34:  1st Metal Head, 1st Pigeon Pete in comics(TMNT Animated Book Vol 2 is 1st appearance)

 

TMNT 37 : 1st Bludgeon

 

TMNT 38 : 1st Herman the Hermit Crab

 

TMNT 51 1st Jennika, Maze, Turk, Jammer

 

TMNT 56: 1st “modern” Leatherhead

 

TMNT  95 : 1st Jennika as a turtle

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Secret History of the Foot Clan #1 : 1st Kitsune

 

TMNT Turtles in Time 1 : 1st Peperoni

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #1: 1st Zodi

 

TMNT Universe #9 : 1st Toad Baron

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe #19: 1st Krisa 

 

OTHER ISSUES OF NOTE :

 

TMNT 1: 1st Pimiko

 

TMNT 2 (Image) : 1st Angel

 

TMNT 2 DW :  1st Ch’Rell

TMNT #3 DW : 1st Hun

 

THE RAREST TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES COMIC BOOK

 

TURTLEMANIA SPECIAL : A one shot printed 1986 by the owner of Metropolis Comics with unpublished art and preview material from Eastman, Laird and Bob Burdon.  The regular “white version” is common though there were 2 other versions produced.

 

Turtlemania Special #1 Gold Sketched Edition (special collector's edition) Only 10 Printed, each has a hand drawn sketch and is numbered.  The first five sketches are by Eastman, 6-10 are Laird.

Turtlemania Special #1 Silver Edition signed by Eastman and Laird(not sure on print run, extremely rare though).

 

 

BELOW IS DETAILED INFO FROM PAUL W(Tales from the Flipside, CBSI Author)

More about Gobbledygook:  If you had sent in a copy of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 to CGC Comics for grading prior to 2004, you might have been surprised when you received the book back to find that it was not credited with the first appearance of the turtles on the label. That’s because prior to 2004, Gobbledygook #1 was credited industry-wide (both at CGC and in the various price guides) as containing that key first appearance. Yet CGC had never been sent any original copies for grading, and throughout the industry people would swear they had never even seen one or only seen a photocopy. But Mirage cleared up the confusion, explaining that Gobbledygook was not actually a printed comic book; instead, it was made on a xerox copier and stapled together by hand. That’s not to say that original copies aren’t very highly collectible… but they are still just (literally) xerox copies, not an actual comic book with a printing date. That means anybody with an original copy, a photocopier, and some vintage 1984 paper could churn out forgeries today that would be indistinguishable from the original photocopies (given the frighteningly high level of forgeries of TMNT #1 as I will discuss further, collectors should likewise be extremely wary of shelling out big bucks for Gobbledygook; I don’t know how even a professional grader could realistically certify what is a true original copy). So in 2004, the industry changed over to recognizing Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 as containing the first appearance of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Donatello, Splinter, and Shredder. Trivia: Michelangelo’s name was originally misspelled.

 

“There are numerous forgeries of the first printing out there! The bogus copies are easy to spot because the interior pages were printed on stark white paper, not the off-white newsprint of the originals.

Another forgery trick is to take legitimate copies of the second or third printings and bleach out the printing notation text to make them appear to be first printings.

Second and third printings are labeled as such on the top left corner of the inside front cover directly beneath the “Special thanks to Quentin Eastman” text (there is no printing notation on first printings).

Also of note: The inside back cover of first printings features an ad for the two “Gobbledygook” zines. The inside back cover of second and third printings features an ad for TMNT t-shirt iron-ons. Also of note is that the address for Mirage Studios changed from Dover, NH to Sharon, CT on the indicia of the third printings.” -PAUL “PDUBS” W.

 

TURTLEMANIA SPECIAL : A one shot printed 1986 by the owner of Metropolis Comics with unpublished art and preview material from Eastman, Laird and Bob Burdon.  The regular “white version” is common though there were 2 other versions produced.

 

Turtlemania Special #1 Gold Sketched Edition (special collector's edition) Only 10 Printed, each has a hand drawn sketch and is numbered.  The first five sketches are by Eastman, 6-10 are Laird.

Turtlemania Special #1 Silver Edition signed by Eastman and Laird(not sure on print run, extremely rare though).

 

For more TMNT comic book resources make sure to check out past CBSI articles : FIRSTS YOU MAY HAVE MISSED : Slash by Valiant, and CRAZY FOR COVER SWIPES from Yoni. 

For an awesome look at Kevin Eastman, check out this ARTIST SPOTLIGHT from Keith.

WHAT DID WE MISS?  WHAT FIRST TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE FIRST APPEARANCE IS YOUR FAVORITE?  LET US KNOW IN THE COMMENTS!

 

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