A wise man once said that for everything in life there is a perfect form of it somewhere in the universe, and if there is a perfect form of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, it would likely be the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson animated series from 1987. It took the Turtles from an underground independent comic to being one of the most profitable I.P.s with an expansive empire of merchandise to their name. So let’s add more! If you are in a nostalgic mood, or merely love awesome looking toys and collectibles, you will definitely want to take note of these items available next month at San Diego Comic Con. (more…)
Humanity’s understanding of reality was shattered when we received the news that a critically panned, yet highly profitable cinematic adaptation of a cartoon/toy line from the 1980s would get a sequel. Confused, panicked civilians took to the streets, looting and rioting as they screamed “WHY???” and asked what kind of God could allow this… (more…)
There’s some new promotional art for Michael Bay‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot making the Internet rounds. It does give us a better look than those toy shots that showed up the other day. (more…)
Did you know there was supposed to be a 5th Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle? Well, technically, there already was one. There was the female turtle Venus de Milo from the short lived TMNT live-action series, but most turtle fans don’t recognize her as canon, so she doesn’t count. In regards to the movies, however, there was a a 5th turtle that never saw the light of day.
His name was Kirby. Named, not after after a artist of the Renaissance, but of comic book fame. He was conceptualized by Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman in the mid 1990s for a proposed fourth live-action Turtles movie. We know this because Eastman has put 25 of his original concept art drawings from the pitch up for auction.
The auction shows off images of the “fifth turtle” Kirby, as well as Fang, Shredder, Spyder, Nano Spyder, Super Shredder, Kasey (Casey), Talbot, Lawson, Bugman, and Evil April.
The fourth film was planned as being less kid-friendly; more akin to the first one. Here’s an excerpt from the auction:
The fourth live-action TMNT film was pitched and originally scripted as a grittier, less kid-friendly adventure, and to that end Kevin Eastman designed a more brutish, hardcore fifth Turtle, named for the legendary King of Comics (Jack Kirby).” – Heritage Auctions
Except for evil April (more like April O’Nipples) , thank god almighty in heaven this didn’t happen. Looks like something Micheal Bay and FOX studios would have considered.
Check out the art (courtesy of CBM) and tell us what you think.