Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Kevin Eastman: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8 (1986)
Art by Kevin Eastman
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(from the introduction to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #8, 1986)
...I first stumbled onto Dave Sim's Cerebus in a pile of underground comics in my home town of Portland, Maine's own Moonshadow comic store. It was issue #23, entitled The Beguiling, and I was blown away from the start. At first glance, Cerebus seemed to be a dark, straight forward (with the exception of the main character's species), well-drawn, serious barbarian adventure... then I read it!

To say the least, I haven't missed  an issue since #23 and have also managed to pick up all the early books through Dave's Swords Of Cerebus reprint collections. Cerebus is a book that I believe every comics fan should read at least once -- and perhaps for you too that will be all it takes to get you hooked!

Anyway, in the following forty-five pages (yes, forty-five of them!) I hope you will find not only an exciting, kinda bizarre adventure for the turtles, but also a just plain fun story for all the characters involved.

Before I forget, both Peter [Laird] and I want to extend a great big special thanks to Dave Sim (and Gerhard!) for all the wonderful touches he and Cerebus gave our story...

Kevin Eastman is the co-creator (with Peter Laird) of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and is currently the publisher of Heavy Metal. TMNT #8 has recently been reprinted in IDW's TMNT: The Ultimate Collection Vol 2. Dave Sim discussed the TMNT/Cerebus crossover during the recent HARDtalk Tour at Millar World.


Michael A Battaglia said...

whoa, i didn't realize Kevin was from Portland Maine. I went to art school there (Maine College of Art, then called Portland School of Art). I totally remember that comic shop, it was run by a guy named Kim who looked exactly like the character Merlin in the comic Mage. There was a breakfast place near campus called "The Magic Muffin" that served
in the world. No, seriously.

"Rodimus" Ben Lundy said...

This issue of TMNT was what got me into Cerebus. I showed it to my sister and she mentioned that she had several of the phone books. The rest is history...