DescriptionGobbledygook #1 With Eastman and Laird Sketches and Letter of Authenticity (Mirage Studios, 1984) Condition: VF/NM. The first time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles ever appeared in print was on the back cover of this rare issue! And while the Overstreet value is relatively modest, the fact that the only other copy we've ever offered sold for more than ten times Guide reflects the desirability of the item. It's probably fair to call this the most valuable 1980s comic.
Reportedly just 50 copies of Gobbledygook #1 were made, and all were produced on a photocopier, making this item a challenge to authenticate -- luckily this copy is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Kevin Eastman.
While CGC does not certify Gobbledygook, our three in-house graders who examined the issue graded it VF+, NM-, and NM- respectively.
This is the first comic published by Eastman and Peter Laird's Mirage Studios. Later that spring, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was released, in a meager first printing of 3,000 copies that still dwarfs that of Gobbledygook.
Fugitoid (a man's mind trapped in a robot's body) is the cover character and the star of two stories inside. A Champ story and pin-ups by Laird round out the content. On the inside front cover Eastman and Laird briefly introduce themselves and note, "Together we have put together some of our newest projects for you to check out."
The Turtles characters born in this independent comic became a major moneymaker, representing by far the biggest success to come out of independent comics and serving as an inspiration to creators and small publishers to this day. As a licensing/merchandising success the characters had no parallel.
As an added bonus, this copy has sketches of two Turtles on the inside front cover, one each by Eastman and Laird.
Overstreet 2010 VF/NM 9.0 value = $807; NM- 9.2 value = $1,200.
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