Daredevil Month: Ninja Turtles in the Marvel Universe?!

Posted: March 12, 2015 in Comic Book Study
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Image taken from comicvine.com

Welcome to Day Three of Daredevil Month everyone! Today’s topic I’m sure you’ve already heard about, since it’s over 20 years old. Still, I always love coming back to an old issue of a well known comic series and reading how Daredevil created an entire team of mutants on his own. Don’t remember that? Here it is:

See? Image taken from cracked.tumblr.com

Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, the creators of the TMNT, are outspoken fans of Frank Miller’s work, especially during his run on Daredevil, which eventually lead to the extremely heavy influences on their original run of TMNT. As you can see in the picture above, a can of radioactive waste hits a young kid in the face when he tries to save an old man from being run over by a truck. This, of course, is the exact same origin story for Daredevil. What Marvel readers didn’t know at the time was that the can later cracked open in the sewer and mutated four turtles.

The Daredevil references don’t stop with the Heroes in a Half Shell though. Remember their master, Splinter? His name was meant as a parody of the old man Stick, who (as we mentioned in the first day of Daredevil Month) trained Matt in combining his heightened senses with martial arts. Not only that, but Shredder’s evil clan of ninjas, the Foot, is actually a parody of Marvel’s deadly ninja clan, the Hand.

Did I miss a Daredevil connection? Were there any other Marvel interactions with the TMNT you thought should have been included on this list? Leave a comment and send me a tweet with that widget on the left. Don’t forget to check out the Comic Books vs The World Youtube channel, and keep enjoying Daredevil month!


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