CGC Registry

Ninja kick the damn rabbit!


Set Type: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Volume 1)
Owner: Turtle
Last Modified: 5/7/2018
Views: 2992

Rank: 19
Score: 7396
Leading by: 646
Points to Higher Rank: 1022

Set Description:

I was born in April of 1984...only a few weeks before the landmark Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 hit the market. That means I was in the target demographic during the height of Turtlemania in the late 80’s and early 90’s. I had the toys, the clothes, the video games, the snacks...anything TMNT related I could get my hands on, I had. I loved watching the cartoon and was sad to see it go. As I grew up, I merged my passion for TMNT with my passion for comic collecting. Now that I'm older, I've found it enjoyable to move from the kiddie-style cartoon Turtles to the grittier, more adult version from the comics. It's almost like my childhood obsession grew up with me.

In the descriptions, I’ve gone a bit further than the CGC label as far as the creative teams that worked on each issue. Most of the books in volume 1 had the same core artists and writers but their duties would change from issue to issue. For example, Kevin Eastman may do the pencils in one issue and let Eric Talbot do the inks and toning. A few issues later, Talbot would do the pencils and Eastman would do the inks. Mirage mixed up duties so often that a fan can really narrow down exactly where each creator shines.

I’ve also included a few notes about each book, the source of the book, and a synopsis. A lot of this is more for myself than anything else as the registry serves as a quick-reference guide for Volume 1. I tried to throw a shout-out to those who helped to assemble my collection, too. This has definitely been a team effort.

I was sure to include pictures of each book as well. Front covers in the slab are a must, but I decided to play around a little with the back cover slot. Many issues in this run have wraparound covers, oftentimes with important details for the scene occurring on the back (issue #17 springs to mind). It turns out that there’s no good wraparound cover gallery for these books on the internet, so I’ve started taking scans of the raw books and putting them together so the art can be seen in its full glory. I’ll continue doing this as the raw issues become available. Others just have some boring back covers, so I decided to showcase some Original Art featuring the TMNT. I own all of them with the exception of the #2 Original Cover Art, which was found on Peter Laird’s blog and was too cool not to post. Many of the pieces are commissions that I received directly from the artists of Mirage and I hope to someday get some art from the entire crew.

A few people have asked me why I named the set “Ninja kick the damn rabbit!” It’s one of my favorite lines from the original live-action movie. While watching a cartoon adaptation of the Tortoise and the Hare, Michelangelo gets frustrated at watching the hare run right by the tortoise. In a fit of playful anger, Mikey yells out “You believe this guy? Come on, Ninja kick the damn rabbit! Do something!” Still makes me laugh to this day.

Thanks for looking!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Third Printing 1024849002 9.8880 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Fourth Printing 0000162014 9.8800 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Fifth Printing 0175831003 9.8480 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Sixth Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 1287802014 9.8572 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Second Printing 1024846003 9.888 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Third Printing 0164834005 9.864 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 1024846004 9.8396 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Variant Cover No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Second Printing 1150141013 9.644 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 1024846006 9.8264 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 Second Printing 1116938006 9.888 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 Second Printing/MANUFACTURING ERROF 0971033002 9.6247 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5 1316855001 9.8220 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5 Second Printing 1280982006 9.888 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6 1239137001 9.8132 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6 Second Printing 1150142002 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 1024865002 9.888 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 Second Printing 1024869001 9.628 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 8 1024865003 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9 1020825007 9.888 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10 0162123001 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11 0151063030 9.864 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 12 1064839014 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 13 1147316015 9.633 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 1147307010 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 15 1241861004 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 16 1024865005 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 17 0162123002 9.861 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 18 1023124007 9.861 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 18 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 19 1116942014 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 20 1024865006 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 21 1116942015 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 22 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 23 0167738003 9.625 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 24 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 26 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 27 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 28 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 29 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 31 0151085019 9.840 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 32 1023124002 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 32 Second Printing No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 33 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 34 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35 1116943001 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 36 1147306006 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 37 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 38 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 39 0156731029 9.840 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40 0949958015 9.840 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 41 1061862001 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 42 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 44 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 45 0232932007 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 46 1020825004 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 47 1020825003 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 48 1150999007 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 49 1280982009 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 50 1114826004 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 51 0178251008 9.848 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 52 0178251009 9.848 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 53 1024828001 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 54 0257161014 9.848 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 55 0232932001 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 56 0178251011 9.848 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 57 0616503010 9.848 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 58 1062079014 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 59 1185080017 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 60 No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 61 1325496001 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 62 1060936007 9.852 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1988 - Street Collectors Edition) No Comic    Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Limited Edition (4/05) 0983029004 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 (2007) 0797983001 9.635 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Free Comic Book Day Edition (5/09) 0718637009 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Christmas Special 1 1150142001 9.870 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Special 1 1060936001 9.844 Shop eBay
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Color Special 1 Error Edition 0232932002 9.870 Shop eBay
Fugitoid 1 No Comic    Shop eBay
Gobbledygook (12/86) 1 No Comic    Shop eBay
Donatello, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 0162123003 9.888 Shop eBay
Leonardo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 1025040018 9.888 Shop eBay
Michaelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 1116942012 9.888 Shop eBay
Raphael 1 0931190002 9.8220 Shop eBay
Raphael 1 Second Printing 1150141014 9.844 Shop eBay

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