The TMNT #1 Production Negatives: Part 01 – Relics From The Past

It was May, 1984 when Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird (a.k.a., Mirage Studios) released issue #1 of their self-published comic book; 3,275 copies that changed the course of their lives and introduced the world to four reptiles with funny names…Donatello, Leonardo, Michaelangelo, & Raphael.  The ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.’  This year marks the 35th anniversary of that very first book (TMNT #1 1st printing) and I can’t think of a more appropriate way to honor and celebrate this monumental milestone than to go back in time to 1984.  The instrument for this trip to the past won’t be a DeLorean but rather some very unique and distinctive pieces of TMNT history; specimens so extraordinary and rare that they are arguably the most significant Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book artifacts to have ever surfaced.  The TMNT #1 Production Negatives.

What exactly are these negatives and what were they used for?   The answers to those questions (and more) are actually contained within the negatives themselves; hidden away and undiscovered for years but now finally able to reveal their amazing past.  To date, I’ve spent countless hours analyzing, investigating, scrutinizing, and documenting these long-forgotten relics; all in an effort to discover their provenance.  Now that this exhaustive research and analysis is complete, it’s time to share what I’ve discovered with the world.  I now invite you to follow along as I delve into the printed pages of TMNT #1 in a way that’s never been done before; a pursuit to comprehensively and definitively confirm the authenticity of The TMNT #1 Production Negatives.

So, get ready.  Over the course of this series, I’ll be presenting a wealth of information about TMNT #1 as well as the offset printing industry; an abundance of evidence and materials, all accompanied by supporting data and visuals.  This will be TMNT #1 as you’ve never seen it and the first time these negatives have ever been thoroughly presented and fully explained.

TMNT comic book history is about to unfold and it all begins with what came packaged inside this unassuming 21″ x 25″ orange box.  Good things definitely come in small packages.

- Peter Laird's TMNT Blog

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