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
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.