I was initially reluctant to give in to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles craze of the late ‘80s. I was already getting into Marvel superheroes, and dismissed the Ninja Turtles as some sort of kiddie, talking animal fad. A younger friend of mine converted to Turtlemania early on, and loved to show off his action figures to me. When I read the origin story of the characters printed on the back of the toy package, I realized that the Turtles actually had a comic book-style origin (later on I would realize their origin is partially a parody of Daredevil’s). Knowing that there was actually a reason why these turtles could think, talk, and practice martial arts raised my opinion of the franchise. I rented the VHS repackaging of the cartoon’s first five episodes and was hooked. No more Transformers or G. I. Joes for Christmas (those figures were starting to look lame anyway), I wanted Turtles. And I certainly wasn’t alone, as the franchise dominated kid’s pop culture throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Since I was already into comics, it wasn’t a stretch for me to pick up Archie’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures. That series will be the focus of this blog for the foreseeable future. I haven’t read these comics, or watched the cartoons, since they were originally released. I don’t pretend to know anything about Turtles mythology, or what kind of fandom exists online. I do have a reprint of the first few issues of the original B&W series, and I’ll be rereading that to see how the origins of the kid-friendly version differ from the original comics. I have no idea what I’ll find in these comics, and I don’t know if they’ll spark any type of an interesting analysis. Basically, I don’t know how long I’ll keep this theme up, but it should be fun to rediscover one of the earliest series I followed as a kid.
I leave you now with Partners in Kryme's "Turtle Power," from the soundtrack to the first movie (I refuse to acknowledge Vanilla Ice’s “Ninja Rap”).