Peter Laird posted a blog today about the layout images of volume 1 #12. However, within this post, he addressed an issue he doesn’t often talk about…his falling out with Kevin. Click the picture for a lin kto the full post…or read the juicy stuff below:
This issue is somewhat significant because it marked the end — or, perhaps more accurately, the beginning of the end — of my creative partnership with Kevin Eastman. With the burgeoning success and accompanying stresses of the TMNT licensing program, then (in 1987) kicking into high gear, Kevin and I had gotten kind of sick of working with each other. It had become very difficult to produce an issue of the TMNT comic book without a lot of unpleasantness and disagreements. It got to the point where we both realized that something had to change.
I remember we had a short meeting in Pulaski Park in downtown Northampton, wherein we decided that we should take a break from each other, and alternate issues of the comic — I’d do one, he’d do the next, and so on. It fell to me to produce the next issue — I can’t remember exactly how we came to that conclusion… perhaps I already had a story, perhaps Kevin was too busy with something else. I don’t know. But the long and short of it was that, for the first time, I wrote, penciled, inked and toned an entire issue of the TMNT book, by myself.
It was fun, but a lot of work, and although it was a relief not to have to deal with Kevin on it, I did still miss his input. We did get back together some time later to work on “Return to New York” and “City at War”, but it was never quite the same. — PL
At this point, there is very little point in being upset over this kind of stuff, I would rather digest it as a glimpse into the history of the turtles. I find it extremely interesting. I thought you might too.
I was just notified of this review by the dudes over at Comicsbulletin.com. Check it out! Hopefully you all dig it as much as Bill Janzen did!
In my back and fourths with Steve Lavigne I was fortunate enough to be able to swindle him out of this:
This is the cover art of TMNT Adventures #30. This is one of my favorite covers because, in this shot, Complete Carnage looks very much like Chernabog, my favorite Disney villain.
This is a Lavigne/Laird piece.
Our very own editor and soon to be staff writer, Machias Banshee, has recently been writing episode reviews for our friends at The Independent Comics Site. You can check out her most recent one here, and while you’re there, you can sift around for her others. What better way to support us, her, and our friends at Independent Comics all at the same time?
Here it is folks. No, it’s not those ’84 Gobbledygooks nor is it that shifty Gold Turtlemania. Fittingly, that title belongs to a TMNT #1, 1st print. The one and only book in CGC 9.8, it’s the highest graded TMNT book ever!
You may be wondering what’s so special about it. I mean quick searches on ebay will yield books that can be had in the hundreds, if not low thousands. So what’s the big deal?
That CGC 9.8 label is the big deal. CGC has become the world authority on graded comic books. The higher the score on a 10 point scale, the closer to perfection your book is. To finally have such a rare book in incredible condition has comic geeks salivating. So how much is it worth?
Estimates from numerous high end comic collectors/experts agree that if this book went to auction, it would fetch $20,000 – $30,000!! With the last 9.6 selling for nearly $10,000, I really think those numbers are VERY likely.
And of course as the fates would have it, the owner of the book doesn’t even like the TMNT. He only bought the book back in ’84 from his LCS because the guy behind the counter was so persistent. So he buys it, flips it open, sees no color, and quickly closes it. He puts it away not to be seen again for another 25 years or so. He hears about this new fangled CGC thing, sends in his book, and now has basically won the lottery! As of now, he plans on holding on to it to pay for his kid’s college education one day. I’ll let you know of any developments.