Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles: The Ul­ti­mate Vis­ual His­tory

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Andrew Farago [In­sight Edi­tions, $50]

It’s been 30 years since the he­roes in a half-shell first ex­ploded into the comics scene as un­likely can­di­dates for a huge fran­chise. Cre­ated by Peter Laird and Kevin East­man, the Tur­tles were at first a par­ody of X-Men and Frank Miller comics. But the self-pub­lished comic some­how con­nected, first with comics read­ers and then with an­i­ma­tion ex­ec­u­tives and then with chil­dren the world over. This em­i­nently read­able and thor­oughly re­searched tome is an ob­vi­ous la­bor of love for Farago, who heads the Cartoon Art Mu­seum in San Fran­cisco. It’s packed full of rare art and pho­tos, in­clud­ing lots of fac­sim­ile documents and a re­pro­duc­tion of the very first TMNT comic. Well worth the time for any­one who grew up with echoes of “Cowabunga!” in their heads.

25adapted from The Thra­cian Wars graphic novel by di­rec­tor Brett Rat­ner.

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