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They were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu. From their home in the sewers of New York Citythey battle petty criminals, evil overlords, Sax Ninja Turtles creatures, and alien invaders while attempting to remain hidden from society. They were created by Kevin Sax Ninja Turtles and Peter Laird.

The characters originated in comic books published Sax Ninja Turtles Mirage Studios and expanded into cartoon series, films, video games, toys, and other merchandise.

The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming and bad television with Laird. The Turtles started their rise to mainstream success when a licensing agent, Mark Freedman, sought out Eastman and Laird to propose wider merchandising opportunities for the franchise.

InDark Horse Miniatures produced a set of mm approximately 0. In JanuaryEastman and Laird visited the offices of Playmates Toysa small California toy company that wanted to expand into the action-figure market. Development was undertaken by a creative team of companies and individuals: Jerry Sachs, advertising agent of Sachs-Finley Agency, brought together the animators at Murakami-Wolf-Swenson headed by Fred Wolf.

Aaronian brought on several designers and concepteur and writer John C. Schulteand worked out the simple backstory that would live on toy packaging for the entire run of the product and show. The sense of humor was honed with the collaboration of the Murakami-Wolf-Swenson animation firm's writers. Playmates and their team essentially served as associate producers and contributing writers to the miniseries that was first launched to sell-in the toy action figures.

Phrases like "Heroes in a half shell" and many of the comical catch phrases and battle cries "Turtle power! As the series developed, veteran writer Jack Mendelsohn came on board as both a story editor and scriptwriter. The miniseries was repeated three times before it found an audience.

The show then went network, on CBS. At the height of the frenzy, in the late s and Sax Ninja Turtles s, the Turtles' likenesses could be found on a wide range of children's merchandise, from Pez dispensers Sax Ninja Turtles skateboards, breakfast cereal, video games, school supplies, linens, towels, cameras, and toy shaving kits.

While the animated TV series, which lasted for 10 seasons untilwas more light-hearted, the comic-book series continued in a much darker and grittier tone. Ina live-action feature film was released, with the Turtles and Splinter being portrayed by actors in partially animatronic suits created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The independent film was very successful spawning two sequelsas well as inspiring a three-dimensional animated film set in the same continuity, which was released in under the title TMNT.

After the end of the cartoon series, a live-action series in the vein of the films was created in in conjunction with Saban Entertainment. However, the series was largely unsuccessful and was canceled after one Sax Ninja Turtles.

The series storyline stuck much closer to the original Mirage comic book series, but was still less violent. It lasted for seven seasons and episodes, ending in February On October 21,it was announced that cable channel Nickelodeon a subsidiary of Viacom had purchased all of Mirage's rights to the Teenage Sax Ninja Turtles Ninja Turtles property.

Mirage retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year, though the future involvement of Mirage with the Turtles and the Sax Ninja Turtles of Mirage Studios itself is unknown. The TV show premiered on Nickelodeon on September 29, It was published by Mirage Studios in an oversized magazine-style format using black and white artwork on cheap newsprint, limited to a print run of only 3, copies.

The small print runs made these early Sax Ninja Turtles and trade magazines instant collector items, and within months, they were trading for over 50 times their cover price. The name "Mirage Studios" was chosen because of Eastman and Laird's lack of a professional art studio at the start Sax Ninja Turtles their career, before their creation Sax Ninja Turtles them both multimillionaires.

This put the original series and Tales in the same mainstream canon. The title's first volume was from —, released in alternating months with the regular Eastman and Laird book.

All seven issues Sax Ninja Turtles volume one have been collected in trade paperback form twice, and 25 issues of volume two have been collected in trades of five issues each. As the TMNT phenomenon proliferated to other media, Eastman and Laird found themselves administrating an international merchandising juggernaut. However, this prevented the two creators from participating Sax Ninja Turtles the day-to-day work of writing and illustrating a monthly comic book.

So, many guest artists were invited to showcase their unique talents in the TMNT universe. The breadth of diversity found in the various short stories gave the series a disjointed, anthology-like feel. Fans stuck with the series, and what was originally intended as a one-shot became a continuing series that lasted for issues, spanning four separate volumes having 62, 13, 23, and 32 issues in the four distinct volumes.

In JuneImage Comics took Sax Ninja Turtles publishing the title in what is considered "volume 3" of the series. It was a slightly more action-oriented TMNT series and although notable for inflicting major physical changes on the main characters, Peter Laird, co-creator of the TMNT, has said this volume is no longer in canon as he began publishing volume 4 at Mirage Publishing. As an explanation, he offered in the pages of the volume 4 issue 8 letter column: "It just didn't feel right.

After the publication of issue number 28, Sax Ninja Turtles Peter Laird placed the series on an eight-month hiatus Sax Ninja Turtles devote himself to production Sax Ninja Turtles the TMNT movie.

However, after that eight months had passed, Mirage's official website went on to list the series as in "indefinite hiatus". In JanuaryMirage had finally confirmed Sax Ninja Turtles the series would return in May Issues 29 and 30 had a limited printing of 1, copies each, and were available through the official TMNT website.

Although the purchase agreement with Nickelodeon allows Laird to produce up to 18 comics a year set in the original Mirage continuity, no new material was released in the next few years. The latest issue of TMNT volume 4 was issue 32 which came out in print May 4,and online on May 9,almost 4 years after issue 31 Sax Ninja Turtles last released. The initial storylines were close adaptations of the TV series, but with the fifth issue, Eastman and Laird decided to hand the series over to Mirage Studios employees Ryan Brown and Stephen Murphywho immediately abandoned the animated series adaptations and took the title in a decidedly different direction with all-new original adventures, including the uniting of several of the series' recurring characters as a separate team, the Mighty Mutanimals.

In Sax Ninja Turtles first four issues, which were the only ones directly adapted from the TV series, the story was told Sax Ninja Turtles the perspectives of April, Baxter, Casey, and a pair of New York City police officers. In AprilIDW Publishing announced that they had acquired the license to publish new collections of Mirage storylines and a new ongoing series.

The Turtles have appeared in several manga series. A daily comic strip written and illustrated by Dan Berger began in It featured an adventure story Monday through Friday and activity puzzles on weekends with Sax Ninja Turtles art appearing later.

The comic strip was published in syndication until its cancellation in December Sax Ninja Turtles its highest point in popularity, it was published in over newspapers. When little-known Playmates Toys was approached about producing a TMNTs action figure line, they were cautious of the risk and requested that a television deal be acquired first.

Mirage Studios does not own the rights to this Sax Ninja Turtles series. The show is more lighthearted than the comics. Here, the Turtles are portrayed as four funny but serious superheroes that fight the forces of evil from their sewer hideout.

They love pizza and put weird toppings on it. They make their first appearance in masks color-coded to each turtle, where previously they Sax Ninja Turtles all worn red. Words and phrases included "bummer", "dude", "bogus", "radical", "far-out", "tubuloso", "bodacious", and possibly the most recognized, "cowabunga".

The cast included new and different characters, such as Bebop and Rocksteady and the Neutrinos. Original characters such as SplinterShredderand the Foot Soldiers stayed true to Sax Ninja Turtles comics in appearance and alignment only. Instead of being Hamato Yoshi's mutated pet rat, Splinter was a mutated Hamato himself. The Foot Sax Ninja Turtles changed from human ninjas to an endless supply of robotic grunts, allowing large numbers of them to be destroyed without anyone dying this was a very important decision in terms Sax Ninja Turtles the show's child audience; excessive violence would have alienated parents of children, the show's target demographic.

Krangone of the series' most memorable villains, was inspired by the design of the Utrom, a Sax Ninja Turtles alien race from the Mirage comics. The animated Krang, however, was instead an evil warlord from Dimension X. Baxter Stockmanwhose race was changed from black to whitewas rewritten as a shy and meek lackey to Shredder, later mutating into an anthropomorphic housefly. During the final two seasons of the show, the lead villain switched to Lord Dregg, an evil alien overlord bent on world conquest by trying to distract the public into believing that the Turtles were the enemy instead of himself.

Starting on September 25,the series was expanded to weekdays and it had 47 more episodes for the new season. There were 28 new syndicated episodes for season 4 and only 13 of those episodes aired in These episodes were delayed because of animation or scheduling problems.

Starting on September Sax Ninja Turtles, with a different opening sequencethe show began its run on CBS. The CBS weekend edition ran for a full hour untilinitially airing a few Saturday-exclusive episodes back-to-back.

Also, a brief "Turtle Tips" segment aired between the two Sax Ninja Turtles, which served as public-service announcement about the environment or other issues. AfterSax Ninja Turtles show was reduced to just a half-hour and only eight episodes per season were produced, grouped into a "CBS Action Zone" block that also featured WildC. The series ran until November 2,when it aired its final episode. Its enormous popularity gave rise to its numerous imitators, including the BattletoadsCheetahmenWild West C.

In addition to the American series, a Japan-exclusive two-episode anime original video animation OVA series was made intitled Mutant Turtles: Choujin Densetsu-hen. It featured the Turtles as superheroesthat gained costumes and superpowers with the use of Mutastones, while Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady gained supervillain powers with the use of a Dark Sax Ninja Turtles.

The second episode was created to advertise the Metal Mutants toys in which the characters gain Saint Seiya -esque mystical metal armor that Sax Ninja Turtles transform Sax Ninja Turtles beasts. In —, the Turtles starred in a live-action television series called Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation that directly follows the events of the first three movies.

A fifth turtle was introduced, a female named Venus de Milowho was skilled in the mystical arts of the shinobi. Other connections to the feature films include the fact that Splinter's ear was cut, the Foot Soldiers were humans, and the Turtles lived in the abandoned subway station seen in the second and third movies.

It later moved to " The CW4Kids " block. The series was co-produced by Mirage Studios, [19] and Mirage owned one-third of the rights to the series. Mirage's significant stake in creative control resulted in a cartoon that hews more closely to the original comics, creating a darker and edgier feel than the cartoon, but still lighthearted enough to be considered appropriate for children. This series lasted untilending with a feature-length television movie titled Turtles Foreverwhich was produced in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the TMNTs franchise and featured the Turtles of the series teaming up with their counterparts from Sax Ninja Turtles series.

The series ran for five seasons. Nickelodeon announced a new 2D animated series based on the franchise, which debuted on September 17, The version is characterized by lighter humor, and also had anime iconography a little bit. The Turtles have appeared in six feature films. The Turtles were played by various actors in costumes featuring animatronic heads, initially produced by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The game features a large list of animals, including elephants and sparrows, that Sax Ninja Turtles available as mutant player characters.

InDark Horse Sax Ninja Turtles in Boise, Idaho, produced an attendant set of lead figurines ; unlike later incarnations, the bandannas on the store's display set were painted all black before the multicolored versions were released to help younger readers distinguish between the four characters other than their weaponry.

Palladium allowed the license to lapse inin part due to Sax Ninja Turtles sales stemming from the "kiddification" of the animated and live-action incarnations to that point. However, Palladium's publisher, Kevin Siembiedahas indicated a potential willingness to revisit the license given the franchise's recent moves closer to its roots.