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Turtle Bits: Ghostbusters & TMNT Crossover, Kevin Eastman Interview

by Justin W

TMNT Ghostbusters Comic

In the weeks building up to the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, it’s clear that Turtle Mania is back with a vengeance. Not only are there several more TV spots coming out every day, but we also recently got a behind the scenes featurette about the movie, including a full scene from the film. Since everyone is talking about the new TMNT movie, we figured it would be a good time to remind the fans of where the Ninja Turtles first got their start — in the comics!

Okay, so most shellheads are well aware that the turtles got their start as an independent comic in 1984, but they might not remember that another popular series started during the same year: Ghostbusters. Being the 30th anniversary of both franchises, it shouldn’t be too surprising to see that they’re both getting some love this year (Ghostbusters 1 & 2 are seeing a blu-ray release in September). However, what might surprise some fans is that both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the Ghostbusters are going to be featured in a crossover comic from IDW!

Yep, that’s right. Our heroes in a half shell are going to be fighting alongside the likes of Venkman, Spengler, Stantz and Zeddmore. Two epic teams of four are combining their efforts to take down a new foe in this four issue run! Here’s the description of the story:

“When a new invention goes haywire, the Turtles are sent to a whole new type of New York City. One with a whole lot more ghosts… and Ghostbusters! The two teams will have to learn to get along quickly, because a new foe from the Turtles past has followed them and aims to conquer NYC!”


Needless to say, that sounds pretty awesome. The first of these crossover comics is set to hit store shelves in October, so be on the lookout for some TMNT/Ghostbusters fun this fall. Until then, if you just can’t get enough of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and their roots, check out this awesome interview that Kevin Eastman did with the guys at Retro Cynical on Youtube. In the interview, Kevin talks about the early days and describes what it was like before the TMNT became big. Even if you’re a hardcore fan, you might hear about some things that you never knew about before. 


Even if you’re not one of the many people who are getting psyched for the new movie, it’s nice to know that they’ve got some cool things planned for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the comic universe, where they originally got their start. What do you think? Will you be picking up this great new TMNT comic crossover series? If so, let us know in the comments below or sound off in our forums!

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catlipz July 23, 2014 - 11:14 pm

Letter to
Parents Regarding the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie From American Tortoise Rescue

Dear Parents:

We’re asking you to save a turtle’s life and perhaps even your child’s.
In August, your children will be enjoying another edition of the extremely popular
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie release. This will include a whole new generation of kids who missed the 2007 animated film. It’s fun and great entertainment. But, we are writing this to ask for your help. Since the first movie was released in 1990, hundreds of thousands of live turtles, mostly water turtles called red eared sliders, were purchased for between $10 and $25 after each ninja movie was released. The result? Many, if not most, were dumped and even deliberately
killed or flushed down the toilet.

Unfortunately, children do not realize that real turtles do not fly, perform stunts or do any of the exciting moves fictional movie turtles do. Parents, trying to please their children, purchased live turtles which ended up languishing in tanks. Or, when the kids realized after a few weeks that these were not ninja turtles, the turtles were dumped illegally into rivers and lakes as well as dumpsters, flushed down toilets or relinquished to shelters and overcrowded rescues. It’s estimated that 90 percent died. As an aside, zoos do not take turtles.

Turtles have been around for 200 million years and outlived the dinosaur. Is this the way we want to treat our precious wildlife? Most of these turtles are taken out of the wild and sold to pet stores, breeders, swap meets, flea markets and mercados for profit.

Here’s the bigger problem. Turtles carry salmonella which can make a child very, very sick and can even kill them. That’s why turtles less than four inches were banned from sale in the U.S. in 1974 and still are…tiny turtles easily fit into a child’s mouth. Children also tend to touch the water and don’t wash their hands. It’s an ugly
problem. A nine month old baby in Los Angeles got salmonella meningitis from a turtle after its parents touched it and then held the baby. We do not recommend live turtles or tortoises for children under 13 because of salmonella exposure and because the kids lose interest almost immediately.

What can you do to help? Buy Ninja action figures and toys instead of live turtles
and save a turtle’s life, and perhaps even your child’s. Thank you. Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson, Co-founders American Tortoise Rescue

Billy Bob Throrton July 25, 2014 - 9:55 pm

i REALLY don’t consider the IDW turtles “where the turtles came from”. The first comic starts with Old Hobb saying,”if you want to do something right,u gotta do it yourself!”. a line so banal the original cartoon turtles would’ve made fun of him(they really would’ve).

How can you compare that haphazardly put together,asleep at the wheel trash to the well thought out unique comic that started it all?

or any version?

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