Cowabunga! Ninja Turtle Backpacks in (and the Ninja Turtles Pop History Included)!

Ninja Turtle Backpacks in (and Pop Ninja Turtles History)!

NINJA TURTLE

Cowabunga!  You will be turtlely awesome! Whether you want to become a Ninja turtle or you need an awesome way to go to school… do it! Buy for a child as an exciting gift idea that they will freak over. Also use as an exciting Ninja turtle accessory as a college or other backpack.

NINJA TURTLE BACKPACK¬†¬† (GREEN) 17″ x 15″

Multiple Inside Pockets and deep padding for back

80% Polyester, 20% PU

Officially Licensed

HISTORY:

The four teenage ninja mutant turtles (TMNT) are a fictional crime and alien fighting team of four teenage super-human-like turtles and a rat. They were changed from the original animals into a humanized state by a mutating ooze in a sewer. They can speak, walk upright on two legs and love pizza. The rat becomes their mentor, and teaches them all he knows about Jinjitsu. The turtles use their newfound skills to combat crime and aliens in New York City.

The four newly transformed turtles are named after four Renaissance artists:  Rafael, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Leonardo.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in 1984 in an American comic book first published by Mirage Studios. The idea arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with friend Peter Laird. He used tax-refund money and a loan from his uncle to self-publish a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin. The TMNT series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984.

It was published as a daily comic strip in over 250 newspapers.

It went on to TV as an animated series in 1987. This was followed by more animated series and four feature films.  In the process, a girl teenage mutant ninja turtle was added. Later many video games on it were added as well. Food ad-ins and action figures also followed. A TMNT band performed live at the Radio City Music Hall.

It caught up in Japan as anime as well.

It is enjoying a comeback now for a new (and older generations). This is being fueled by recent computer games and animated series and an animated movie.

CULTURAL IMPACT

The Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles have had a definite cultural impact. Because it was self-published and created by two amateurs, the wildly lucrative TMNT inspired thousands of fans to self-publish their own comics.  The growth of independent comics, already underway when TMNT was launched, suddenly exploded.

They are surprisingly popular with adults as well as children.  Among some, there is a near cult-like following.  At the very least, nearly everyone under the age of fifty knows something about them.  This is quite a success story for just some initial doodling!

 

 

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