Monday, August 18, 2008

TMNT Treasure: Post 6 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #4 Misprints

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":


roseangelo said...

Lookin' good!

dark turtle said...

Wow... Congrats on the amazing purchase!