Episode 178 :: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures with Steve Murphy
It’s a month of uncanny anniversaries. Last week we celebrated 60 years of Godzilla, and this week it’s 30 years of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
In this episode we talk with Steve Murphy – the most prolific Ninja Turtles author of all-time; having written more Turtles stories in more mediums than even the TMNT’s creators. As his pen name, Dean Clarrain, Murphy wrote Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures – the definitive Turtles comic of the 90s and the longest continuous TMNT comic series of all time. It started as an adaptation of the late 80s cartoon series, but quickly mutated into amazing science-fantasy adventures that saw the Turtles become intergalactic wrestling sensations, jump 100 years in the future, travel the world, and join forces with mutant animals of every kind.
This anniversary is a momentous occasion for fans of TMNT Adventures – because in IDW’s recently-released 30th Anniversary Special Murphy and series artist Chris Allan return to that universe for the first time in 20 years.
Join Cap, Colin, and Doug as they go deep into the fungus-covered corridors of TMNT history and discuss TMNT cereal contests gone awry, training April in Ninjitsu, the untimely demise of the Mighty Mutanimals, formative life experience through Turtles comics, and tales from the Turtles original home, Mirage Studios, right up to the sale to Nickelodeon. It’s a wild ride 30 years in the making and a must-listen for any Shell Head who grew up pouring over Turtles comics, or any fan eager to go on a journey into the lesser-known history of the TMNTs.
- Hot For April! :: Sixto Sounds
- Trail Dust and Turtle Wax :: Viking Guitar
- Casiopizza Vs. TMNT-Square :: Prince uf Darkness
- Runnin’ With The Shredder :: Ergosonic
- Buy IDW’s collected TMNT Adventures
- Buy the TMNT 30th Anniversary issue digitally
- Order the Chris Allan TMNT 30th Anniversary Hot Topic variant [watch this space]
- Pre-order Andrew Farago’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History coffee table book
- Buy TMNT Adventures issues directly from Mirage
- The Lavigne/ Brown TMNT blogspot
- See production art from the Mighty Mutanimals cartoon that might have been!
- A comprehensive look at The Forever War
- Read the Ross Campbell TMNT story arc with Alopex, “Northampton”
- Tell IDW you want more TMNT Adventures! E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘TMNT’ or ‘Ninja Notes’
Nerdy Show/ TMNT Links:
- Discuss this episode on the Nerdy Show forums
- Hard Truths With Doug: How to Fix Michael Bay’s Ninja Turtles
- Nerdy Show’s 2009 episode dealing with the sale of the Turtles “TMNT RIP”
- Nerdy Show’s 2011 interview with Steve Barron Director of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film
- NOMINATE NERDY SHOW in the Best of Orlando list
- Nerdy Show on Soundcloud
- Steve Murphy’s auto-bio webcomic: Contains Traces of…
- Official Puma Blues Facebook page
- Ryan Brown’s The Selected
- Joe Keatinge and Ross Campbell’s Glory Volume 1 | Pre-order The Complete Saga
- The Space Usagi pilot
- Afterlife with Archie