The TMNT #1 Production Negatives: Part 11 – Evidence From the Printed Pages



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The TMNT #1 Production Negatives: Part 12

After discovering that The TMNT #1 Production Negatives were responsible for the creation of the 2nd printing, the next logical step was to then compare the negatives with the pages from a 1st printing; to do the same as I had with the 2nd and 3rd printings – overlay the negatives on every page.  With my 1st printing copy of TMNT #1 encapsulated in plastic, I was stuck.  To prove my assumptions, I needed to gain access to a 1st printing that I could inspect; an ungraded “raw” copy – no easy task.  Not only is TMNT #1 1st printing the most sought-after Copper Age comic book, it’s also worth thousands of dollars – even copies in rough condition.  I know a lot of collectors with a TMNT #1 1st printing in their collection but most of those are graded and slabbed – the inside pages inaccessible.  Still, I don’t know anyone that would hand over their most prized possession to be rifled through for a research project, myself included.  Even getting high-resolution and accurately-sized scans of every 1st printing page was a no-go.  That would require fully opening the book and pressing every page against a scanner – a task much too perilous for such a valuable comic book.  I wouldn’t do this with my own book and I’d never ask another collector to do such a thing.

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{IDW} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. V – 073 (1st-Cover RE-TMNT: A Collection) < 9.8 NM/M >



Retailer Exclusive (RE) TMNT: A Collection cover by Jim Lawson.  Commemorating TMNT #73 from IDW becoming the longest-running TMNT title ever; initially funded and made available via Kickstarter.

With the publishing of TMNT #73, TMNT Vol. V from IDW is now the longest running TMNT comic, surpassing TMNT Adventures from Archie which had a total of 72 numbered issues from 1989-1995.

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{IDW} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. V – 073 (1st-Cover RE-TMNT: A Collection-Lawson Hand-Colored S&N 50 of 50) < 9.8 NM/M CGC SS 9.8 >



Retailer Exclusive (RE) TMNT: A Collection cover by Jim Lawson.  Commemorating TMNT #73 from IDW becoming the longest-running TMNT title ever; initially funded and made available via Kickstarter.  Limited Edition (1 of 50) Jim Lawson Hand-Colored and Hand-Numbered (#50/50) variant available only via Kickstarter.  Signed by Jim Lawson and Rich Horn with custom sketch by Jim Lawson on back cover.

With the publishing of TMNT #73, TMNT Vol. V from IDW is now the longest running TMNT comic, surpassing TMNT Adventures from Archie which had a total of 72 numbered issues from 1989-1995.

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{IDW} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. V – 073 (1st-Cover RE-TMNT: A Collection-Lawson Hand-Colored S&N 30 of 50) < 9.8 NM/M >



Retailer Exclusive (RE) TMNT: A Collection cover by Jim Lawson.  Commemorating TMNT #73 from IDW becoming the longest-running TMNT title ever; initially funded and made available via Kickstarter.  Limited Edition (1 of 50) Jim Lawson Hand-Colored and Hand-Numbered (#30/50) variant available only via Kickstarter.  Signed by Jim Lawson on the front cover; signed by Rich Horn on the back cover.

With the publishing of TMNT #73, TMNT Vol. V from IDW is now the longest running TMNT comic, surpassing TMNT Adventures from Archie which had a total of 72 numbered issues from 1989-1995.

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TMNT Vol. V #017 (IDW)



TMNT #17 from IDW.  Original IDW solicitation details below.  Available December 12, 2012.

  1. Cover A (Ben Bates) – regular cover shipped in an A:B ratio where A is more common (e.g., 4:1)
  2. Cover B (Kevin Eastman) – regular cover shipped in an A:B ratio where B is less common (e.g., 4:1)
  3. Cover RI (Andy Kuhn) – 10 copy Retailer Incentive

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The TMNT #1 Production Negatives: Part 17 – Evidence From Page 37



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TMNT #1 2nd printing – Page 37

Page 37 from TMNT #1 provides the seventh page of support for the validation of The TMNT #1 Production Negatives – all by means of Leonardo’s sword.

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TMNT Reprintings Abound !!



Greetings everyone!  What a busy time in the world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!  If you’re a TMNT comic book collector, you’ve hopefully weathered the 18 covers for TMNT #50 and 31 covers (yep. Thirty. One. !!) for Batman/TMNT #1.  “But wait,” you ask.  “Weren’t there only 29 covers for Batman/TMNT #1?”  And I respond, “Yes, there WERE.”   There are now 2nd and 3rd printings for Batman/TMNT #1.  But it doesn’t stop there…Batman/TMNT #2 & #3 have reprintings and now even TMNT #55 & #56 have them!

So, given that there are already covers coming out of the woodwork for TMNT, here’s a rundown of the recent reprint covers so you don’t miss them.  They’re smaller print runs and aren’t as publicized…and collectors frequently overlook them.  Also, I would bet that all 6 issues of Batman/TMNT will have reprints so, although they won’t be listed here, keep an eye out for them as well. (more…)


{IDW} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. V – 073 (1st-Cover B) < 9.2-9.7 NM >



Cover B by Kevin Eastman.

With the publishing of TMNT #73, TMNT Vol. V from IDW is now the longest running TMNT comic, surpassing TMNT Adventures from Archie which had a total of 72 numbered issues from 1989-1995.

To mark this special occasion, I created a variant cover for TMNT: A Collection (this website!)…TMNT #73 Cover RE TMNT: A Collection.  For the front cover, I commissioned Jim Lawson to create artwork in the style of the original Mirage black & white comics, using TMNT Vol. I #1, Page 9 as inspiration (which is one of my favorite TMNT comic book pages; the “…Into The Night” theme of Page 9 was the basis for the design of this website).  Here are Jim’s PENCILS and FINAL INKS for the front cover.  For the back cover, I commissioned twentystar studio (designer of this website) to create a design that incorporated the ‘look & feel’ of TMNT: A Collection website along with a blank sketch area.  This is the final back cover design.

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{IDW} Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Vol. V – 073 (1st-Cover RE-Yesteryear Comics) < 9.2-9.7 NM >



Retailer Exclusive (RE) Yesteryear Comics cover.

With the publishing of TMNT #73, TMNT Vol. V from IDW is now the longest running TMNT comic, surpassing TMNT Adventures from Archie which had a total of 72 numbered issues from 1989-1995.

To mark this special occasion, I created a variant cover for TMNT: A Collection (this website!)…TMNT #73 Cover RE TMNT: A Collection.  For the front cover, I commissioned Jim Lawson to create artwork in the style of the original Mirage black & white comics, using TMNT Vol. I #1, Page 9 as inspiration (which is one of my favorite TMNT comic book pages; the “…Into The Night” theme of Page 9 was the basis for the design of this website).  Here are Jim’s PENCILS and FINAL INKS for the front cover.  For the back cover, I commissioned twentystar studio (designer of this website) to create a design that incorporated the ‘look & feel’ of TMNT: A Collection website along with a blank sketch area.  This is the final back cover design.

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