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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection, 1981-1998

Summary Information

At a Glance

Bib ID 14293779 View CLIO record
Title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collection, 1981-1998
Physical Description 4.5 Linear Feet ( 3 bankers boxes and 3 small boxes)
Language(s) English .

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on site.



Arranged in 11 series:


Content Description

This collection belonged to an award-winning horror writer who worked for Mirage Studios (the TMNT studio) in the early 1990s, writing the TMNT newspaper strip. There is original art for never-reprinted newspaper strips (1993) complete with thumbnails, comic book manuscripts with editorial notation, story idea notebooks, minicomics produced by Mirage Studios, and manuscript materials for a host of secondary TMNT materials, including The Official TMNT Treasury. Many of the secondary materials are autographed by TMNT creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

Material is unprocessed. Please contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

This collection is located on site.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish material from the collection must be requested from the Curator of Manuscripts/University Archivist, Rare Book and Manuscript Library (RBML). The RBML approves permission to publish that which it physically owns; the responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Heading "CUL Archives:"
"CUL Collections:"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Caricatures and cartoons Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Eastman, Kevin B. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Laird, Peter A. Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Series) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Wiater, Stan Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Wiater's work with the TMNT came at a time when the characters were just beginning to ride the wave of popularity from the animated series (the original comic books, created by Eastman and Laird, were darker, more mature, and parodied a host of contemporaneous comics, including THE NEW MUTANTS, CEREBUS, and RONIN). The collection reflects the beginning of Mirage's capitalization on the characters' enormous popularity, while still trying to maintain some of the original grittiness, but also the beginnings of the TMNT industry that would build up around them. Neither Eastman nor Laird have an archived collection, so this collection represents the only glimpse into the workings behind a global phenomenon, as well as the other materials that the publishers were producing.