I know I haven't done a Treasures Post in awhile, but something came today that is undoubtedly a treasure...
These are TWO copies of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Misprint issue. These books are up there in rarity with TMNT #1.
The second printing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 was printed in May of 1987. It has a full color glossy cover and the inside is black and white on newsprint. The original artwork for the cover of TMNT#4 and Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 were sent to the color separator, each piece was scanned separately and somehow got switched when the negatives were assembled for the printer. 60,000 were printed and bound and prepared for shipping. When the mistake was realized, all the copies should have been destroyed. It is believed that 800 to 1,000 copies may have survived. This is one of the rarest TMNT comics ever printed.
The third picture below shows the misprint issue (left) with the actual Tales #1. You see the difference in the titles and the issue numbers below the "S" in "TURTLES":
Ok so most of you who read this blog with any regularity know that I live in southern california. And unless you live under a rock, you know that southern california was hit by an earthquake last week. For years, one of the first questions people ask upon seeing my TMNT collection (link on the right hand side of your screen) is "My god, what is going to happen in the event of an earthquake?!?!?"
Well, I am here to tell you, with certainty, that the answer IS...............not a whole hell of a lot.
I had the same fear you all did. I was at work when the earthquake hit us, and the first thing I thought was "oh shit, I am going to have a lot of turtles to clean up". Fortunately, I was wrong. Out of the roughly 1200 ninja turtle items I have on display in my home...about 20 of them fell over. No vehicles moved, and only 3 figures broke (two of which were customs, and one that was already glued back together from breaking previously).
So I guess the conclusion that you can make is that it is going to take a much bigger quake than a 5.4 to screw with my collection...in which case I will probably have bigger things to worry about at the time.
Steve Barron, director of the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, recently had this to say in an email to a Warner Brothers rep: "...there has been quite a lot of blogging about a director's special edition of the first movie, particularly in the light of its impending 25th anniversary. I would be very keen to contribute to this idea if you thought it a good one. I have lots of original artwork and even a rough cut with a few extra scenes on tape. I think it would be nice to do a definitive release as the extras have always been very limited.
"Great idea, innit? If you think so, spread the word, blog it, discuss in forums, get WB to pay attention.