Cowbanga! We here at Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.com just got a advance copy of Andrew Farago’s upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History (Insight Editions / 2014 / 192 pages / $50.00) and after looking through it for just a few minutes, we want to let every Shellhead know that this book will blow your mind. Turtles fans get your money out of your shell because this is a must own.
With a introduction by none other than Turtles co-creator Mr. Peter Laird, Farago’s Turtles book is a extremely comprehensive look at overall history of the Turtles. There is nothing missed in Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History. Farargo has created a high quality, beautifully bound must own volume that is layered with reproductions of Turtles goodies like original Turtles fan club letters, the first press release from Kevin and Peter’s Mirage Studios, a complete reprint of the very first TMNT comic book, and a poster specially created by Kevin Eastman and TMNT artist Ryan Brown.
From Insight Editions:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History revels the never-before-told story of the hit franchise.
In May 1984, two young comic book artists, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, self-published the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic, unaware that their creation would soon become an international phenomenon. Almost 30 years later, the Turtles are more popular than ever with Nickelodeon’s hit animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Paramount Pictures Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, a highly anticipiated theatrical movie hitting theaters this summer.
Written by Andrew Farago, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History (available June 24th, 2014) is the complete, never-before-told story of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–from their humble beginnings in black-and-white comics created in a home studio to their multimillion-dollar breakout success and their enduring status as four of the most beloved cultural icons of all time. The book also features interviews with key players in the Turtles revolution, including co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, animation legend Fred Wolf, creature effects maestro Brian Henson, and even the man behind the “Ninja Rap” Vanilla Ice.
Bringing together the rarest art and artifacts from three decades of Turtles comics, television shows, and films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ulimate Visual History explores each iteration of the Turtles from past to present, including the hit-animated series from Nickelodeon and the Michael Bay-produced movie from Paramount Pictures starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett.
Leaving no shell unturned, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History is an essential, comprehensive look at our favorite “heroes in a half shell.”
Andrew Farago is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco and the author of The Looney Tunes Treasury. He has also written for Marvel Comics, The Comics Journal, and Animation World Network. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity.
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