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    Kevin Eastman - Original Preliminary Art for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1, Double Page Spread (Mirage Studios, 1984). It was 1984 and two artists, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird, whose mutual respect for comic artist Jack "King" Kirby, led them to sketch out the characters that would become the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 originated as a self-published black and white comic book that Eastman and Laird produced together in their homes, with an initial print run of only 3,000 copies. Originally designed as a spoof of such comics as Daredevil and X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 was, not surprisingly, rejected by Marvel... and every other publisher. Eastman and Laird weren't out to change history... they just wanted to have some fun. How were they supposed to know they would end up creating one of the most commercially successful independent comic series ever made? From the historic first issue comes these pencil layouts of a double page spread, which features all four Turtles in action, drawn on a sheet of 8.5" x 11.75" sketch paper. The work is signed by Kevin Eastman on the back.

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