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If you were to go through the entire animal kingdom and rate each species on a scale of one to ten based on how heroic they seemed, you probably wouldn’t rate turtles very high. Let’s face it, while turtles are adorable in their awkwardness, they aren’t who you’d expect to be there to save you from a burning building or run down a thief who took your belongings.
That said, it’s amazing that the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are so iconic! Since their debut appearance in the 1980s, the foursome have appeared in their own comic book series, cartoon series, and video games. 80’s and 90’s kids know all too well of the TMNT themed home decor, toys, and clothing. Most of us still have some of these things, and shamelessly flaunt them every chance we get. Heck, I’m wearing my TMNT pajamas right now.
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Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo are four anthropomorphic turtles who received their training in the art of ninjutsu from their rat sensei, Splinter (who is also anthropomorphic). Named after the renowned Renaissance artists, the TMNT fight crime in New York City and maintain residence in the storm sewer.
The TMNT started out as a sketch drawn by Kevin Eastman. Using loan money from his uncle and additional funds from a tax break, Kevin self-published one issue of the series with Mirage Studios (which was founded by Kevin Eastman and his friend Peter Laird) in 1984. Kevin’s creation was actually a parody of popular comics of the time, including Marvel’s Daredevil and Frank Miller’s Ronin.
It wasn’t long before the gang made it to the big screen. The first movie, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, was released in 1990. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze followed in 1991, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III came in 1993. Another movie, titled TMNT, was released in 2007, and the four heroic reptiles are back at it in the latest installment, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which hits theaters August 8.
To celebrate the legacy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, we’ve highlighted these incredible pieces of fan art for you to feast your eyes on!
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