Everyone loves comic book trivia, but with 75 years of superhero comics behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite characters in our continuing video series. You think you know comics? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at one of the biggest multi-media juggernauts in comics history, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Find out how a night of goofing around turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise, discover the byzantine publication history of the heroes in a half-shell, and gawk in amazement at the bevy of parodies, blatant imitators, and wannabes that arose in the Turtles' wake.

Show notes:

  • You can start reading the original Mirage TMNT here.
  • The original Mirage material by creators other than Eastman and Laird is collected beginning here.
  • The insane but actually pretty awesome Archie series starts here.
  • The current (really great) IDW series starts here.

Watch more installments of You Think You Know Comics? below and let us know what comic book characters we should cover next.