Gobbledygook



There are so many rare and unique TMNT comics to choose from but it seems fitting to just start with the infamous Gobbledygook #1 & #2. These two Eastman & Laird hand-made comic books are among the rarest comic books in existence and to this day they still create quite a buzz in the comics industry. They’ve been called the holy grail of TMNT collecting and their place in TMNT history continues to be hotly debated. It’s this debate that still makes these such a great part of my collection.
So, what’s the debate? Well, there are actually two separate debates; both are equally interesting. The first debate centers around the “first appearance” of the TMNT and when (or where) that was. While determining the first appearance might seem like an easy concept, it isn’t always that simple. What causes the debate in the industry (and not just for the TMNT) is how one defines “first appearance.” I think it was originally designed to be the first time a character appeared in the story line of a comic book. If that’s the definition, then Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 is the first appearance of the TMNT. That is the first comic book in which the TMNT appear within the confines of a story line. However, if you define “first appearance” as the first time a character appears in a comic book period, then Gobbledygook #1 is the first appearance of the TMNT. That is the first comic book in which the TMNT appear. Their appearance is on the back cover of the comic in an ad for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.Laird hand-made comic books are among the rarest comic books in existence and to this day they still create quite a buzz in the comics industry. They’ve been called the holy grail of TMNT collecting and their place in TMNT history continues to be hotly debated. It’s this debate that still makes these such a great part of my collection.
Gobbledygook #1 & #2 (both have the TMNT #1 ad on the back cover) were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird at the same time or just a short while before TMNT #1 was to go on sale. Kevin and Peter simply photocopied some of their artwork onto 8.5″ x 14″ paper and then hand assembled and stapled them together. They placed an ad on the back covers of Gobbledygook #1 & #2 to generate some buzz about the release of TMNT #1.
So, which comic contains the first appearance of the TMNT? Gobbledygook #1 or TMNT #1. I guess that all depends on how you define “first appearance.”
This, of course, leads me to the second debate regarding these Gobbledygook comics. However, I’ll save that one for tomorrow. Stay tuned.

2 Responses to “Gobbledygook”

  1. xcomic

    Compliments on a great blog! I think it is important to define whether Gobbledygook qualifies as an actual printed comic book, and to that I think the answer is a clear “no” — that’s not to say these are not highly collectible (they undoubtedly are) — but if I was to acquire one, how would I tell if it’s an “original” copy, or a “fake” copy? There’s no printing date (because there wasn’t an actual printing), and anybody with some legal sized paper and a stapler could have put it together themselves (as Eastman & Laird did originally). That’s the problem CGC faced as well with Gobbledygook … there’s no way to verify and grade something like that. So in 2004 they, and the industry, switched over to recognizing TMNT #1 as containing the key first appearances [ http://tmntcomics.wordpress.com/ ]. Arguably if Gobbledygook was an actual comic it would contain the “cameo” appearance (much like Megaton #2 is the cameo for Savage Dragon while Megaton #3 contains the first appearance) … but since it isn’t a verified comic book, it’s a piece of turtles history, but can’t be credited with anything official that you would find on a CGC label.

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    • rich rich

      Hey xcomic, thanks for reading my blog. In regards to the Gobbledygooks, I couldn’t agree with you more. These are truly a piece of TMNT history but shouldn’t be considered the first appearance. In regards to grading, my extensive TMNT collection contains the highly controversial PGX graded copies of Gobbledygook #1 and #2 which are the only graded copies that exist. I can’t wait to unveil these when my site is complete. Thanks for sending the link to http://tmntcomics.wordpress.com/ and especially for reading my blog.

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