TMNT Vol. V #050 (IDW)

TMNT #50 from IDW.  Original IDW solicitation details below.  Available September 30, 2015 October 07, 2015.

  1. Cover A (Mateus Santolouco) – regular cover; NOTE: Cover A’s from TMNT Vol. V #45-50 will interconnect to form a single image (see FINAL image below)
  2. Cover B (Kevin Eastman art; Ronda Pattison colors) – regular cover
  3. Cover C (Gabriel Rodriguez art; Nelson Daniel colors) – regular cover
  4. Cover RI (Jack Kirby pencils; Kevin Eastman inks) – 10 copy Retailer Incentive cover
  5. Cover Subscription (Kevin Eastman pencils; Robert Rodriguez inks; Tomi Varga colors) – subscription variant cover; available to those with a TMNT subscription at their local comic shop.  Need a comic shop?  Try Comic Shop Locator.
  6. Cover RE Blindbox Comics (Robert Atkins, Chuck Arnold, Simon Gough) – Blindbox Comics Retailer Exclusive Shredder cover – limited to 500 copies; available only by purchasing one of the 12-month subscriptions from (Blindbox Plus, Blindvariant, or Blindbox).  Or, join my Facebook group IDW TMNT Variant Covers Exchange and buy, sell, or trade IDW variant covers with other TMNT collectors.
  7. Cover RE Comics & Ponies A (Kenneth Rocafort) – Comics & Ponies Retailer Exclusive A-Donatello cover with a blank back cover for sketching – limited to 500 copies; available from
  8. Cover RE Comics & Ponies B (Kenneth Rocafort) – Comics & Ponies Retailer Exclusive B-Metalhead cover with a blank back cover for sketching – limited to 500 copies; available from
  9. Cover RE Dimension X A (Simon Bisley art; Eric Talbot colors) – Dimension X Comics / NYCC 2015 Retailer Exclusive A-Regular cover – limited to 700 copies; available from Dimension X Comics eBay store.
  10. Cover RE Dimension X B (Simon Bisley) – Dimension X Comics / NYCC 2015 Retailer Exclusive B-B&W cover – limited to 500 copies; available from Dimension X Comics eBay store.
  11. Cover RE Golden Apple Comics (Phil Postma) – Golden Apple Comics Retailer Exclusive – limited to 500 copies; available from Golden Apple Comics.
  12. Cover RE Hero Initiative (blank sketch) – Hero Initiative Retailer Exclusive – quantity unknown; available from the Hero Initiative Web Store or the Hero Initiative eBay Store.  More info. about this cover here.  UPDATE 1 (02/14/2016) – The Hero Initiative had a booth at the Amazing Arizona Comic Con and I asked them about the status of the TMNT #50 Cover RE Hero Initiative. They said basically not to expect them to go up for sale on eBay until next summer (2017). The next project in the pipeline for them is Adventure Time Hero 100 which will go on sale this summer (2016). Then, after that, TMNT #50 Hero 100 is up next.  UPDATE 2 (04/14/2016) – Images of all the TMNT #50 Hero covers are starting to come in…see them here.  UPDATE 3 (05/18/2016):  All 100 TMNT #50 RE Hero Initiative covers will go up for auction on eBay June 14, 2016.
  13. Cover RE (Kevin Eastman & Peter Laird) – Retailer Exclusive – limited to 500 copies; available from
  14. Cover RE IDW Convention Exclusive (Kevin Eastman) – IDW Convention Exclusive Retailer Exclusive – limited to min. of 300/max. of 600; available for sale at upcoming conventions (likely NYCC 2015) or surplus quantities could be made available in the IDW Shop.
  15. Cover RE Jetpack Comics / Forbidden Planet Comics (Kevin Eastman) Jetpack Comics / Forbidden Planet Comics Retailer Exclusive – limited to 600 copies; available for purchase at Jetpack Comics or Forbidden Planet Comics.
  16. Cover RE SDCAG Exclusive (Jack Kirby) – San Diego Comic Art Gallery (SDCAG) Retailer Exclusive cover – limited to 1,000 copies; available for purchase on site at the SDCAG gift shop.
  17. Cover RE SDCAG Dinner Exclusive (Kevin Eastman) – San Diego Comic Art Gallery (SDCAG) Kevin Eastman Dinner Retailer Exclusive cover – limited to 200 copies; available only to attendees of “A Private Evening with Kevin Eastman” on October 17, 2015 at the SDCAG in San Diego.
  18. Cover RE Yesteryear Comics (Jamie Tyndall) – Yesteryear Comics Retailer Exclusive – limited to 500 copies; available from Yesteryear Comics eBay Store.

Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a & c)

The epic conclusion to over four-years worth of storylines! The Turtles stand against Shredder for one final battle that will determine the fate of NYC, and the world, for years to come!

FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a) • Gabriel Rodriguez (c)

FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a) • Kevin Eastman (c)

FC • 48 pages • $7.99


Tom Waltz, Kevin Eastman (w) • Mateus Santolouco (a) • Kevin Eastman & Robert Rodriguez (c)

FC • 48 pages • $7.99

Bullet points:
• Special double-sized issue with all-new content!
• Incentive cover by the legendary Jack Kirby: His only TMNT drawing, now inked by Kevin Eastman!
Film director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk to Dawn) inks a Subscription cover by Kevin Eastman!

79 Responses to “TMNT Vol. V #050 (IDW)”

  1. David

    Hello everyone,
    I have all covers except the Cover RE Hero Initiative (blank sketch) and I am trying to get one of the artists covers (I was out bid on eBay multiple times) to complete this set to the best of my ability. Can or does anyone know where these items are listed for sale? Nothing on eBay for some time. Thanks!

    • rich

      David, I don’t have a line on any of these as they were very limited. You might also try my FB group, TMNT Comic Book Collectors. Head over there and request to be added if you’re not already a member of the group and I’ll approve you.

  2. Sam

    Has anyone seen in hand the RI Kirkby cover with the title banner at the top? I’ve seen images like this on ebay which i thought i had bought but the one i received has the banner along the bottom as shown on this site. I’d prefer the banner at the top in order to display the Kirkby signature!

      • rich

        Sam, the RI cover image that has the title on the top was the solicitation image that came out back in July for pre-sales. That’s what some sellers are using for their auctions but it’s not the actual cover. Only the one that you see posted here is the actual cover…these images come directly from IDW when the issues go to print.

  3. michael

    Any news on the hero initiative, or hotcoimcs variant? I email hotcoimcs a week or so ago as well and got no response.

    • rich

      Here are my thoughts on the variants we haven’t seen for sale yet. NYCC this weekend will likely have the following for sale: Both Dimension X variants, Hero Initiative, IDW Convention, maybe the SDCAG (possibly even the dinner variant – who knows). The only straggler is the HotComics variant and I can’t find any way to get in touch with that guy. I’ve tried every email I had, could find, etc. and just no response. But, my guess is that by the start (or middle) of NYCC tomorrow you’ll see nearly all variants showing up via eBay from those attending NYCC. Just a guess though.

  4. Calvin

    Just to let you guys know Yesteryear Comics variant is available.

  5. Calvin

    Looks like there is another AF variant from blindbox. Check out there twitter

      • Corey

        ^ Yep. From my conversations with Court at Blindbox, I was under the impression that the next 15 would be for issues later than #50 (with the next three being #52), but their Twitter calls the Leo one a #50 variant too. Now I’m both confused, and really sad that those IDW TMNT figures aren’t available to buy as actual action figures.

        • rich

          The more info. that comes out about the Blindbox issues the more confused I get. I think we’ll all just have to learn as we go. But, one thing’s clear…you won’t be able to just select what it is that you want…you’ll buy “blind” in hopes you get the cover you want. Which has gotten me to thinking…we should create a group of collectors that can share the covers they have and offer them to others, maybe in exchange for covers they didn’t get. Some kind of cover exchange program. Maybe we can do that here on my site…not sure how exactly to do that but just a thought.

          • Calvin

            You can create a Facebook group for this. I think that would be a great idea

  6. Calvin

    This is the week the issue is suppose to come out. Yet all the RE still not available for purchase

    • rich

      I know…seems odd. Maybe they’re just waiting until after release. I’d say we will see most of them available this week.

  7. Corey

    Am I correct that the Blindbox variant(s) can’t be directly ordered, and you have to subscribe and take a chance on getting it? Kinda lame.

    • Corey

      Well, I stand (somewhat) corrected. When I subscribed, I put a note about the TMNT variant, and JUST got this email right after I posted here:
      “HI Corey,

      Received your order (thanks!), and saw the note about the TMNT 50 variant. This particular variant is an exclusive incentive for annual subscribers – so you would receive this book FREE if you sign up for a full year in advance. Otherwise, though, this particular issue will not be available for individual sale.

      Also – this Shredder AF cover is actually the first in a series of 16 different TMNT action figure covers we will be releasing over coming months. Of the remaining 15 covers, the first three will be released for TMNT 52 in November. Subscribers will automatically receive one of these AF variants at random. Future releases will also include three AF variants at a time, also randomly filled via “Blindvariant” – but future releases will be made available for individual purchase through the site, and will not necessarily be included in the monthly Blindbox (as much as we love TMNT, we don’t want to force all of our customers to receive Turtles covers six five times in the next year!). “

        • rich

          Thanks for all the good info Corey. So, (correct me if I’m wrong here)…it sounds like, if we want to get the #50 Blindbox variant, we must sign up for one of the 12-month subscriptions. After that, the remaining 15 variants will be available for direct purchase OR could also be included randomly as a Blindvariant?

          • Corey

            From my emails with Court at Blindbox, that’s correct. I’m not sure if you have to be a current Blindbox subscriber to get to purchase the others individually or not, but if you sign up to get the Shredder one, it seems like you’ll still be a subscriber by the time the others come out anyway.

            • JoJo

              Corey, thanks for the input. For issue #52 can I purchase multiple blind variants to increase my odds of getting all three TMNT variants that month?

              • rich

                JoJo, it does sound like you’ll be able to purchase as many blind variants for #52 as you want (unless, for some reason, they limit the quantity per person).

        • Calvin

          Did you just order the Blind Variants or did you also get BlindBox?

          • rich

            I just did the Blindvariant. It doesn’t sound like any TMNT will be part of the Blindbox regular.

  8. Me

    Have 16 TMNT Blindboxcomics covers been confirmed?? Or was he talking about 16 #50 various retailer covers?

    • rich

      There are 16 placeholders on the back cover…only one is filled in (Shredder). The rest have “?” on them. Seems he plans to do 16 of them or else I don’t know why he’d have all those blank placeholders.

  9. Me

    My research shows that the CEO of blindboxcomics is also an agent for a few comic artists! I can only assume he is using the TMNT brand and fan base to get the comics of the artists he represents in our hands and profit very well from it at the same time. I don’t doubt he will have a TMNT variant every year if his kickstarter works. IDW should screen the variant retailers better. BTW…the second paragraph on their site in the “about section” is such garbage! We know its about the $$ and not the challenge, don’t insult us.

    • Calvin

      I am kinda curious how people are gonna be able to get all 16 of the covers.

      • rich

        I’m kind of curious how a startup that hasn’t yet been funded is going to create (and purchase) 16 separate Retailer Exclusives. But, I will be waiting and trying to get every single one if they come out.

  10. Elias

    After reading the Blindbox FAQ, it seems like getting the Blindbox variants will be a luck of the draw each month. For a TMNT collector, this will be frustrating if one keeps getting the non-TMNT variants. Throw in some rare chase variants and Blindbox will then become a true pain in the a$$. I am not a fan of this concept.

    • rich

      I’m not a fan either. I think this is going to be WAY frustrating for us TMNT collectors.

  11. Corey

    Are you sure that IDW Con exclusive cover is Joe Eisma? Looks Eastman to me 🙂

  12. Ryan

    I bet Donatello is back in issue 50. Also did anyone see leather head in 49?

  13. Calvin

    I checked more of the Retailer Exclusives pages and they haven’t shown any of these variants on the sites. Just seeing if anyone were able to find them. Thanks

    • rich

      Comics & Ponies and Golden Apple are the only two I’ve seen available for pre-order to date.

        • rich

          Nothing else yet. I’m guessing in the next week we’ll start seeing more be available.

          • Chris

            Jetpack is up for pre-order on their website now as well. The blindbox website is up and running, but it looks like getting any of the ones in the series they’re doing is gonna be a crap-shoot.

            • rich

              Wow! That blindbox deal is gonna take some serious studying to figure out how to get just the variant you want. I’ll read up on things. Thanks.

              • Chris

                Looks like it’ll be one a month for the next 16 months with different characters. It’s a pretty neat idea. I’m just hoping that the TMNT variants are one of the more common ones, otherwise it’ll be a pain to get them all 🙁

                • Elias

                  Great news! If you sign up for the 12 month Blindbox Variant Subscription then you’re guaranteed TMNT 50 Action Figure variant.

                  • rich

                    Elias, it sounds like THE ONLY way to get the TMNT 50 variant is via this “Annual” subscription. I don’t like this at all. Oh well…

                    • Chris

                      If you look at Robert Atkins’ blog, ( he’s been asked to do over a dozen TMNT variants for this series, so signing up for the annual subscription may be worthwhile, since you’re gonna (hopefully) get more TMNT goodness by getting the Blind variants. It would be kinda lame if that’s the *only* way to get that cover though.

    • Ryan

      Does anyone know a way to get any of these variants besides subscription, as in online ordering? Besides the c&p and jet packs exclusive.

      • rich

        A, B, C, RI, and Subscription are all covers that can be purchased at any comic shop. The RE covers can only be acquired from the vendor or the Con they are created for.

    • rich

      Thanks Chris. I just checked yesterday and there wasn’t one yet. Appreciate the notice.

  14. Corey

    Looks like there’s gonna be an exclusive variant for the Kevin Eastman event at the San Diego comic art gallery, too.

    • rich

      You’re right Corey. I saw it mentioned in the IDW Limited email re: the evening with Kevin Eastman in October. I’m feverishly trying to get IDW to send me the info. and images of all the RE covers. I hope to have them just as soon as they are released to me.

      • rich

        I just heard from IDW and the RE covers are not all finalized so it will still be at least another week or so. Still not sure about the release date either. I’m seeing conflicting info of Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Just have to wait and see how it all shakes out.

        • Dave

          Rich email the guy at comics and ponies for their cover image. You can also get it from their instagram feed

          • rich

            Dave, I’m just going to wait until I get them all from IDW before I update the post with any RE covers.

    • rich

      Hey Mike. Yes, these two covers will be two of the many variants for TMNT #50. I should have info. (and pics) of all of them here in the next week or so. IDW is still finalizing some of them.

    • Dave

      Hey Mike yes they are indeed valid and legit variants. They were illustrated by Superman artist Kenneth Rocafort and from what I see they are super limited (500 print run) from what I saw in the CGC forums.

  15. Dave

    I think there will be another variant cover that hasnt been announced.

  16. RAMI

    For as long as I can remember I have been a fan of the turtles 🙂 And every time a new incarnation of them sets out to settle the score with shredder turns me into a mess with all the excitement.
    I can’t wait for #50 to be published.
    And that interconnect cover looks sooooo AMAZING!!!!!

  17. Marcos

    Very excited for IDW’s 50th issue & even more excited for the next series of story arc’s that follow 🙂


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