Spotlight: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Their first appearance was in Mirage’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1.
Created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird in 1984, the unlikely named Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was initially a response to a number of fads then sweeping the comics world including teenaged super-heroes (Teen Titans), mutants (X-Men), ninjas (Daredevil), and funny animals (Howard the Duck). Produced on the cheap and taking advantage of a new direct distribution system servicing comics specialty stores, the black and white comic became an unexpected hit eventually becoming a multi-media juggernaut inspiring imitators and leading the charge for the many independent comics that would emerge in the 1980s.