Kevin Eastman And Peter Laird Reunite For A TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 30th Anniversary Cover


This year is going to be the year of Turtles. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are entering their 30th anniversary year and the team is alive and well in all manner of media. Nickelodeon has a hit cartoon featuring the four shelled heroes, Michael Bay and Jonathan Liebesman have a live-action film coming out later this year (which we still haven’t seen a single thing from officially), and IDW is putting out some of the best Turtles comics in recent memory. Today the publisher announced that original creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird will be reuniting for a very special cover.

Eastman and Laird will be working together for the first time in over 20 years for a special cover for IDW‘s anniversary issue. The comic itself will be 48-pages and feature shorts from Tom Waltz, Gary Carlson, Jim Lawson, Chris Allan, and Dan Duncan. Simon Bisley, Eastman, and Ryan Brown worked on the other cover for the comic titled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 30th Anniversary Special. The special will cost $7.99, but it will be jam-packed from cover to cover. You can read IDW‘s full press release below. What do you think about Eastman and Laird reuniting for a cover? Will you be checking the anniversary issue up?


Eastman and Laird Return To TMNT!

Original Creators Team Up To Create 30th Anniversary Special Issue

San Diego, CA (February 24, 2013) – The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are celebrating a milestone 30th anniversary this year and the festivities are ramping up! This May, co-creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird karate-kick into high gear with a very special 30th Anniversary issue at IDW.  Featuring a brand-new cover created by the original team, this issue marks the first time in over 20 years the pair has worked together on the property.

“TMNT has been an important part of countless fans’ lives, including myself,” said series editor Bobby Curnow. “Getting the chance to celebrate this rich history is an amazing opportunity. Almost as amazing as getting to see new material from these creators again!”

“Working on the TMNT Comics with the wonderful and amazing IDW team over the last three years reminded me how much I MISSED and LOVED the four green guys.” said Kevin Eastman, “getting to work with my Co-Creator Peter Laird again is the icing on the cake – and then some! It really took me back thirty years, to the earliest days, with the fondest memories, and why we got into this business in the first place.”

The 30th Anniversary Special will be a cavalcade of all-new short stories by the top talent that has built the rich TMNT world over the past 30 years. Each story is inspired by a different era of TMNT’s rich history, and features the unique look, feel and voice of that time period. From Dean Clarrain, Chris Allan, Gary Carlson, Frank Fosco, and Jim Lawson to IDW’s own Tom Waltz and Dan Duncan, the creators showcased in this 48-page full-color special issue spin fantastic TMNT tales from the sewers to the stars!

Considered one of the most popular kids’ television programs of the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a classic, global property created in 1984 by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.  It first debuted as a successful comic book series and then became a hit animated TV show, a live-action television series and later spawned four blockbuster theatrical releases.  The property also has translated into a significant consumer products business—with DVDs, video games, toys and more–that has generated billions of dollars at retail. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles debut on Nickelodeon in 2012 and ranked as the number-one new boy series for the year in the United States.  In Aug. 2014, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Films’ CGI/live-action hybrid will hit theaters.

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