I’ve reached that age where the things that I enjoyed in my youth are being considered classics: LP’s, mullets & DeLoreans. I guess that would make me a classic. From now on, you can refer to me as Juan Classic Pineda! Now, a classic comic book series, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird is currently being reprinted by IDW Publishing, even the solo micro-series issues. Much like the KISS solo records, each issue focused on a different adolescent, irradiated reptile in a solo adventure.
On 3/13/2013, Donatello will be featured in his own adventure originally published in 1986 by Mirage Studios in black & white. In the style of Ted Turner, IDW is adding color to these comics. Although the original art was energetic, fun and sometimes unrefined, it worked well in black & white. But Tom Smith’s Scorpion Studios melds nicely with the original art without overpowering it with digital effects or colors. Doing that would be akin to adding CGI effects to the original King Kong or making the Turtles into aliens! What moron would ever do that?
Donnie’s story is an old favorite. He goes down to the basement to fix the hot water heater, being cold-blooded, I imagine Turtles are averse to cold showers. Donnie is spooked by a bat-like creature, he gives chase but it disappears! Since he is the smart one, he traces its origin to a little room where he spies a young artist named Kirby (obviously in tribute to the King), drawing away with a pencil that has a strange crystal attached to it.
The charming and playful story exemplifies what made TMNT an iconic series despite initially being a parody of Daredevil, Cerebus and Frank Miller ninjas. The original 1986 issue of this title can fetch a few hundred dollars in mint condition. I spotted some issues on eBay for $25 bucks in Fine or Very Good condition
I love the idea of reprinting the classic Turtles, if anything to show the young’uns how to make good comics. . Adding color to them surely lures them in but I would have been satisfied with the original black & white. Either way, it’s the enthusiasm that Eastman & Laird convey in this and other stories that will really sell the books. Thanks IDW for really appreciating true classic.
Juan Classic Pineda is a Quinn Martin Production presented in Technicolor.
TMNT Color Classics Micro Series Donatello
Writer: Eastman, Kevin
Artist: Laird, Peter
Cover Artist: Laird, Peter