About My Blog, “Rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics”

I’ve been an avid collector of rare turtles comics since the 90’s, and believe the real “stand-outs” from the series as highlighted here, have all of the following qualities:

  • Compelling story behind the comic — a reason it is interesting and unique
  • Low print run, or low surviving copy count
  • Hard to find in high grade
  • Valuable

Certainly the first issue in 1984 has the most compelling story, and the key first appearances that collectors crave. Then there were the 500 limited advanced copies of the third issue in 1985 printed for the NY Comic Con, with a unique cover variant. In 1987, a manufacturing error during the second printing of issue number four produced one of the most unique and highly sought after misprints of all time. And after selling the TMNT to Nickelodeon in 2009, Mirage gave collectors a full color edition of that original #1 issue, and misprinted the first 1,000 copies, giving collectors one last error edition to seek for our collections. I sincerely hope you find this blog useful — and I wish you Happy Collecting!

Savage Dragon fans, check out my Rare Savage Dragon Comics blog, covering rarities such as Graphic Fantasy #1 (first appearance of the “original” Savage Dragon), and Spawn fans check out my Rare Spawn Comics blog.


5 thoughts on “About My Blog, “Rare Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Comics”

  1. Hey there, great blog. These types of “error” or “variant” copies are exactly why I love collecting TMNT. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store.

  2. chris says:

    hey i admit is a great blog love the information. I posted while back regard an additional teenage mutant ninja turtle recalled error variant. may want to check into teenage mutant ninja turtles vol 2 #13. there was a recall due to cover being reversed.

    • Thanks for the comment! I intend to make a post about this issue pending gathering additional information. Dan Berger of Mirage provides the following information about TMNT v2 #13:

      It is a printing error – unfortunately we don’t have any records on what occurred, so I don’t know for sure if the misprints got into the retail system and were recalled, but I suspect that this is what happened since most of the comics shipped directly from the printer to the distributor. Typically on recalls, comic retailers can return bad copies for good copies, but many opt to only send in a portion of the bad copies so they can keep them in hopes that they’ll become sought-after collectibles.

      If that’s what did happen, there are potentially as many error copies as there are good copies out there, and for the last issue of volume two, I suspect that would mean around 10,000, so it’s probably not a rare item.


  3. Jo Dunster says:

    I have somewhere at home one of the last, or is it the last, issue under Mirage studios before they went to Image comics, where the cover is printed backwards, with the back cover advertising on the front and the front cover on the back. It’s not as though it was just stapled incorrectly either, they printed the outside pages totally wrong, everything inside is fine. I remember as a kid being slightly annoyed that they had stuffed it up so bad. I had no idea it was considered a bonus.

    • Thanks for the comment! Yes: v2, “lucky #13” printed October of 1995. “This is the last Mirage Publishing issue of TMNT for the foreseeable future. We hope you will seek out and pick up the new Image Comics TMNT book which promises to be really great…” I hold a copy in my hands right now, but alas, this particular copy has the correct cover. But the first batch of these were indeed misprinted and although based on print run it may not be nearly as rare as the other comics I’ve posted about, I do intend to make a post about this issue once I’ve gathered some more information.

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