Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History
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.