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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell adapts first Turtle cartoons

by Matthew Price Modified: April 22, 2013 at 2:40 pm •  Published: January 28, 2011

Archie Comics “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half-Shell” reprints the 3-issue miniseries “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures” from 1988, adapting the first five cartoon episodes, which first aired in 1987, starring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

The stories are written and drawn by Michael Dooney, and introduce Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Donatello, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, who live in the sewers and are mentored by the human-turned-rat, Shredder.

These comics were published by Archie Comics.   The audience for these were the same as the audience for the TV show, so they were softened from the original Mirage comics by Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman.

The Turtles aim to rescue newswoman April O’Neil from the Foot Clan, led by the Shredder, Splinter’s former rival.

Fans also get the first appearances of Shredder’s henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady and the disembodied brain Krang, who seeks to import his army from Dimension X and take over the world.

Obviously aimed at kids, this is a fun reminder for fans who were there at the time who might want to share their love of the Turtles with their own kids.  It’s at times goofy and cheesy, but that’s part of the charm.

- Matt Price
Comics read in 2011: 191.  Still to go: 1820.

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by Matthew Price
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Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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