In May 1987, Mirage Studios began publishing Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with Ryan Brown and Jim Lawson handling the writing and artwork. It was published as a bi-monthly companion book to fill in the gaps of continuity in the TMNT universe, therefore making Eastman and Laird’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles in the same time continuity, and canon to each other. The title’s first run was from 1987-1989, released in alternating months with the regular Eastman & Laird book.
Spoilers ahead - Issue number one from the series was written by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, penciled by Jim Lawson, cover and inks by Ryan Brown, letters by Steve Lavigne, and had its first printing in May 1987. The story finds our beloved TMNT out at Casey Jones' family farm in Massachusetts. Sid, Casey's cousin learns that Casey has been staying at the farm and makes a plan to scare Casey. When Sid and his pack of punks shows up on the farm and demands to know where Casey's grandfather hid $250,000 that was stolen years ago the TMNT make a quick plan to take out Sid and his punks without being seen.
The first volume of Tales of TMNT was only seven issues but created some notable characters such as Leatherhead and the Rat King. After issue seven the series was put on hold until Tales of TMNT Vol. 2 started up again sixteen years later by Stephan Murphy.
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