CGC Registry

Ninja kick the damn rabbit!


Set Type: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1-#62
Owner: Turtle
Last Modified: 6/21/2011
Views: 380

Award Time Rank: 2
Award Time Score: 9316


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.

Other than creative teams, I’ve also listed a quick snapshot of the top-graded census copies (both Universal and Signature Series) to show how rare or common a book may be in high grade. There are many books in volume 1 that have yet to get a single 9.8 and this set features several issue with only 1 copy on the census. Some of these books are tough to come by.

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.

I submitted several books to complete this set in time for the registry awards. Unfortunately, CGC got backed up with all the conventions they attend and they got delayed by about a month. They’re in-transit now and I hope to add them as soon as possible because I’ve got a complete set (except for the counterfeit #2), it’s just not available for viewing yet. I was able to add a few based on the serial numbers. These ones have stock photos in the front cover slot and will be updated when the books are in-hand. I can’t wait!

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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Slot DescriptionThe Comics Registry IDComic GradeScore Updated
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 0501330001 9.4 4000 10/19/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Second Printing 0501149001 9.6 100 6/10/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Third Printing 0969887003 9.8 96 12/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Fourth Printing 0175831002 9.8 64 5/22/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Fifth Printing 0175831003 9.8 64 4/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Sixth Printing 0501491002 9.8 15 4/4/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 0993814001 9.8 520 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Second Printing 0152468010 9.8 80 6/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 Third Printing 0164834005 9.8 64 5/31/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 COUNTERFEIT No Comic    
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 0501370001 9.8 360 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Variant Cover 0074215001 9.2 158 1/14/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 3 Second Printing 0167738001 9.6 40 6/15/2010
Raphael 1 0931190002 9.8 88 4/30/2010
Raphael 1 Second Printing 0178251001 9.6 25 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 0501276005 9.8 240 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 Second Printing 0722969003 9.6 50 4/12/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 4 Second Printing/MANUFACTURING ERROF 0971033002 9.6 248 1/14/2011
Fugitoid 1 0992361001 9.6 100 1/4/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 5 0160657003 9.8 200 4/30/2010
Michaelangelo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 1001248014 9.8 80 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Christmas Special 1 0159166010 9.8 64 1/4/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6 0940761006 9.8 120 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 6 Second Printing 0722969004 9.6 25 10/19/2010
Donatello, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 0162123003 9.8 88 5/31/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 0930515010 9.8 80 5/18/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 7 Second Printing No Comic    
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 8 0158671026 9.8 64 5/18/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9 1020825007 9.8 53 7/14/2010
Leonardo, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 1 0167087003 9.8 80 8/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 10 0162123001 9.8 53 5/31/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 11 0151063030 9.8 48 6/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 12 0157938025 9.8 48 5/18/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 13 1020825006 9.4 20 7/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 14 0767857006 9.4 18 4/11/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 15 0156366018 9.8 48 6/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 16 0178251002 9.6 25 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 17 0162123002 9.8 44 6/1/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 18 1023124007 9.8 44 7/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 18 Second Printing 1023124005 9.8 44 7/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 19 0167737004 9.8 40 6/8/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 20 0982802004 9.8 40 8/10/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 21 0178251003 9.0 5 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 22 0167738002 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 23 0167738003 9.6 25 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 24 0167738004 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 25 0985860003 9.8 40 5/18/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 26 0969112001 9.8 44 5/31/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 27 0969112002 9.8 44 5/26/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 28 0178251004 9.4 15 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 29 0167738005 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30 0969112004 9.8 44 5/26/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 31 0151085021 9.8 40 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 32 1023124002 9.8 44 7/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 32 Second Printing 1023124003 8.0 2 7/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 33 0167738006 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 34 0151084022 9.8 40 5/18/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 35 0178251005 9.8 40 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 36 0166419017 9.8 40 8/3/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 37 0969299015 9.8 44 5/26/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 38 0156732002 9.8 40 6/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 39 0972671024 9.8 40 5/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 40 0949958015 9.8 40 5/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 41 0151065006 9.8 40 4/30/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 42 0167738008 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43 1630641002 9.6 28 6/1/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 44 0151065020 9.8 40 5/2/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 45 0982802005 9.8 40 8/10/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 46 1020825004 9.8 44 7/19/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 47 1020825003 9.8 44 7/14/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 48 0178251006 9.6 25 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 49 0178251007 9.8 40 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 50 0167738009 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 51 0178251008 9.8 40 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 52 0178251009 9.8 40 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 53 1024828001 9.8 44 12/22/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 54 0167738010 9.8 40 6/17/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 55 0178251010 9.8 40 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 56 0178251011 9.8 40 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 57 0178251012 9.8 40 6/21/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 58 0167738011 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 59 0167738012 9.6 25 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 60 0178251013 9.2 8 6/17/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 61 0167738013 9.4 15 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 62 0167738014 9.8 40 6/15/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Limited Edition (4/05) 0983029004 9.8 44 11/29/2010
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 (2007) 0797983001 9.6 25 4/4/2011
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1 Free Comic Book Day Edition (5/09) 0718637009 9.8 44 11/29/2010

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