As a kid who grew up watching the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon and reading Archie's animated-style "Adventures" comics, I vividly remember a friend of mine from elementary school blowing my mind by pulling the "really old" TMNT books from his closet and unwrapping them from dense mylar bags. Black and white comics? The Turtles stabbing dudes? More! MORE! For what looks like around $30 a pop, that crazed nine-year-old inside me -- along with every other Turtles fan -- will finally be able to peer through those same titles by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird without messing with a longbox beginning with the release of IDW's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1 in August.iFanboy dug into the first two volume's product descriptions, which are as follows:

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 1

Rediscover the underground roots of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, starting with this special edition hardcover collection of Mirage Studios'' issues #1-7 along with the Raphael one-shot by creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird! With over 300 pages of mutated-martial arts action, this volume is perfect for fans to relive the glorious days of the Turtles'' origins as well as an excellent place for new readers to see where the TMNT phenomena began.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Collection Volume 2

The classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action continues in the second volume of IDW''s Ultimate Collections! In this outing, uncover issues #8-11, along with the Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Donatello "micro-series" one-shots, presented in an oversized hardcover - you''ve never seen the TURLES like this!

The first volume of the collected material will compliment IDW's brand new comic series by Eastman, co-writer Tom Waltz and artist Dan Duncan, the first issue of which also arrives in on August 24. The three-month release gap between volumes one and two of the Ultimate Collection seems to suggest quarterly releases of the Mirage material in hardcover form. If that keeps up, fans should be able to get their hands on Mirage's 1984 - 1993 run in just a few years. If you've been waiting since the early '90s, it shouldn't bee too difficult.

[Via iFanboy]