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Bizarro Back Issues: And Then There Was The Time The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Caused The Extinction Of The Dinosaurs (1989)

Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Tutles #7

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries in the history of our planet is the question of what killed the dinosaurs. There is, of course, the leading theory that the Cretaceous-Paleogene Extinction Event was the result of a massive asteroid impact, something that's supported by a layer of sediment in the fossil record that includes high traces of iridium, and by the discovery of the massive Chicxulub crater, all of which amounts to a pretty compelling batch of scientific evidence. Personally, though, I don't buy it, and not just because of noted scientist Dr. Victor Fries and his assertion that the mass extinction was the result of the onset of an ice age.

No, my doubts come from the fact that, like everyone else who read Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back in 1989, I already know what killed the dinosaurs: It was the Ninja Turtles. Specifically, Leonardo. I know, I was surprised, too.

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Heroes In A Nutshell: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection’

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While Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is in the midst of a creative renaissance at IDW, with the current series making our own Best Comics of 2013 list, the publisher continues to release reprints and collections of stories that had been unavailable for years. Recently, IDW released a new hardcover edition of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: 25th Anniversary Collection, which was originally published in 2009 (the actual 25th anniversary) through co-creator Kevin Eastman’s Heavy Metal publishing house, re-mastering the artwork and providing some stories with color for the first time.

Unlike ComicsAlliance editor Caleb Goellner -- who seems to bleed green -- I’ve only read a few issues of the new series. I really, genuinely liked it, but felt like my memories of the original comics, if not the comics themselves, were better. For that same reason, I haven’t bought a single issue of IDW’s Classics reprints; just saw enough of the first collection to know that I didn't like the cold digital coloring. Really, I didn’t want to see TMNT with new eyes; I wanted it to remain great in my recollection, rather than diminished by the reality. I didn’t want to find out that literally the most important comic in my life was reduced to trash because of the passage of time and changes in perception.

Curiosity got the better of me.

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Classic Battles Get Colorful In ‘Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Vol. 2 [Preview]

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The second half of the 1987-1989 spinoff series that fleshed out much of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles supporting cast is headed for a brand new collection this week from IDW. Written by TMNT co-creators Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman, with art and colors by Jim Lawson, Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Vol...

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Dreams Are Radical In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics’ Vol. 3 [Preview]

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If you thought Waynes World 2 was the uncontested champion of revelatory dream sequences, prepare to half your brain melted by the power of heroes in a half shell. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classics, Vol...

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TMNT Artist Jim Lawson Sketches Alien Ninja Turtles

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There are many worrisome things that we now know about the Michael Bay-produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie. For one thing, we've dropped the whole "Teenage Mutant" business and gone with the shorter, streamlined title Ninja Turtles...

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