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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th birthday reunites turtle creators

In 1984, comic creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird introduced to the world four of the most unusual heroes the world had ever seen the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were introduced as a parody of the comic trends of the time which conceived of ninjas, teenagers, and mutants. The original comic book ignited one of the biggest crazes in popular culture transcending all media from television, to video games, to movies, and toys.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebrate their 30th birthday by reuniting their creatos.
Kevin Eastman

2014 marks the 30th anniversary of the heroes in a half shell and today, February 24, 2014, IDW Publishing has announced that for the first time in 20 years the turtle creators Eastman and Laird will reunite to work on their greatest creations for a milestone 30th Anniversary issue due in comic shops this May.

From the IDW press release:

The 30th Anniversary Special will be a cavalcade of all-new short stories by the top talent that has built the rich TMNT world over the past 30 years. Each story is inspired by a different era of TMNT's rich history, and features the unique look, feel and voice of that time period. From Dean Clarrain, Chris Allan, Gary Carlson, Frank Fosco, and Jim Lawson to IDW’s own Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan, the creators showcased in this 48-page full-color special issue spin fantastic TMNT tales from the sewers to the stars!

Eastman, who has been working with IDW for the past three years on the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" comic books, had this to say about the special:

Working on the TMNT Comics with the wonderful and amazing IDW team over the last three years reminded me how much I missed and loved the four green guys. Getting to work with my Co-Creator Peter Laird again is the icing on the cake - and then some! It really took me back thirty years, to the earliest days, with the fondest memories, and why we got into this business in the first place.

You can pre-order a copy of this special issue now through your local comic book retailer. Click here to use the Comic Shop Locator to find your nearest comic book shop and ask them to pull you a copy of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 30th Anniversary Comic."

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