Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has recovered its most egregious scam

When Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became popular, there were a number of egregious rip-offs that followed, including one just picked up by TMNT.

The global success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is something that cannot be disputed. This property has grown from a gritty indie comic aimed at a more mature readership to one of the most successful toy lines and children’s television programs in history. Due to its immense success, there were surely a lot of scams because everyone wanted a piece of the proverbial cake – and now, TMNT apparently picked up one of the most egregious copies to appear during the height of the franchise’s success, and TMNT did it in a truly epic (and perhaps inadvertent) way.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles was originally a comic created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, and it was decidedly not for children. In the first issue alone, readers learn that the Turtles are trained assassins who have worked their entire lives to assassinate their father, Master Splinter. Splinter had a grudge against a man known as Shredder, the leader of a rival ninja clan known as Foot. Splinter told the Turtles to kill Shredder for him, and they did just that, horribly. However, this gripping debut for the franchise didn’t stop the creators from turning the series into something much more marketable for kids while refining the turtles themselves into more dynamic characters that would be cherished by fans for decades to come. come – and it worked. With the success of TMNTa number of other heroic animal/human mutants have begun to appear in seemingly spin-off franchises, including fighting toads, Biker mice from Marsand of course, street sharks.

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In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #37 by Kevin Eastman, Tom Waltz, and Cory Smith, Master Shredder meets General Krang aboard Krang’s ship in the middle of the sea. The two villains discuss the possibility of joining forces and using their combined power to take over the Earth. However, Krang thinks Shredder has nothing to offer and shockingly kills the villain with a single punch. Come to find out, however, that the man Krang killed wasn’t actually Shredder, but an insignificant member of the Foot Clan who stood in his place for that reason. When Shredder revealed himself, he unleashed hell on Krang and his crew by dispatching a few of his mutant followers: a mutant owl named Koya and a mutant shark named Bludgeon.

This TMNT The issue marked the official debut of the mutant shark, Bludgeon, and it was incredibly epic in more ways than one. Not only is the character himself a force to be reckoned with, but his mere existence is the perfect recapture of a genre created entirely by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles himself. If it weren’t for the success of TMNTit’s probably a series like street sharks– the main characters that Bludgeon is incredibly reminiscent of – wouldn’t have been done at all. That doesn’t mean that street sharks doesn’t stand on its own as it’s an incredibly fun universe with tons of awesome elements beyond being similar to TMNTbut the fact is TMNT has undeniably changed the game for these types of properties and seemingly paved the way for their success.

While the existence of a man-shark mutant in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canon doesn’t automatically make the character a callback to one of the most popular TMNT imitations in recent memory, it would be incredibly satisfying if that were the case. The idea of ​​animal/human hybrids in a small group fighting against the forces of evil basically started with TMNTand street sharks carried that torch to its own realm of success until that series’ popularity fell into oblivion – and its remnants have apparently been salvaged by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

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