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On an 80s roll, IDW takes TMNT back to its cartoon roots

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles original cartoon universe is making a major comeback, and it’s one that’ll continue into a new comic book mini.


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been through a few pretty big evaluations over the decades. Since their inception in the mid-80s, the green teens have nonetheless been a pop culture mainstay.

But even across multiple mutations, it’s the TMNT’s original aesthetic that could probably still be called its most popular. And now it’s coming back in a big way. In many ways, I guess that comeback had been rolling already. After all, the NECA and Super7 toys, and the just released Shredder’s Revenge video game all play off of that flavor.

Cover by series artist Tim Lattie

This week’s news though, takes things one step further, as publisher IDW is about to launch a new comic book series. Already the publisher of the Turtles modern comic books, IDW is going back to the IP’s roots with Saturday Morning Adventures.

TMNT: Saturday Morning Adventures will continue the initiative that the company just began with G.I. Joe. The new mini-series will offer up animated-inspired stories that could easily have taken place in the classic ‘toon.

In 1987, the world at large was introduced to the TMNT by way of a catchy theme song and action-packed animation. The cartoon’s aesthetic returns in a four-issue miniseries, featuring an all-new set of standalone stories. Whether it’s the Heroes in a Half Shell getting trapped in a VR simulator, one of General Krang’s stalwart stone soldiers abandoning their post in pursuit of hair-metal superstardom, or concepts even more awesomely absurd, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures is 100 percent guaranteed to thrill fans of all ages.

IDW press release

Look for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Saturday Morning Adventures #1 (of 4) on the racks this September.

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Jason's been knee deep in videogames since he was but a lad. Cutting his teeth on the pixely glory that was the Atari 2600, he's been hack'n'slashing and shoot'em'uping ever since. Mainly an FPS and action guy, Jason enjoys the occasional well crafted title from every genre.

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