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Twelve hundred dollars. The amount of money needed to create the first issue of the

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; a group of four crime fighting ninjas that take on an

interesting body form. This group is interesting in the fact that they are a very successful

parody of another super hero from the past. After watching the movie and doing some

research on the hero Daredevil, it seems that the storylines are similar and will be

explained later. The turtles are also interesting in that they do not have powers just more

or less karate skills. The turtles also have special meaning to me in that I grew up with

them but never really comprehended the history.

There are four turtles that are considered major characters and their leader will be

considered a part of the group because he too will occasionally fight crime. Leonardo

is the so called leader of the Turtles. He is courageous, decisive, and a strict student

of martial arts. He has a very strong sense of honor and justice. He wears a blue mask

and wields a pair of ninjaken(Wikipedia,2007). He is named after

Leonardo DaVinci(Wikipedia,2007). The next member is Raphael. He is considered the

team “anti-hero.” Raphael is very aggressive and usually throws the first punch. His

personality is fierce, sarcastic, and full of anxiety. He wears a red mask and wields a pair

of sai(Wikipedia,2007). He is named after Raphael Sanzio the painter (Wikipedia,2007).

Michelangelo is the next member of the group. He is easy-going and free-spirited and

also provides much of the comic relief. While he loves to read comics and eat pizza, he is

also very adventurous. His catch phrase is known as “Cowabunga!?± He wears an orange

mask and wields a pair of nunchaku(Wikipedia,2007). He is named after

MichelangeloBuonarroti(Wikipedia,2007). Next is the ?°brains?± of the group. Donatello is

a brilliant scientist, inventor, and technology connoisseur. Donatello has a reputation as a

wise guy. He is the least violent Turtle, preferring to use his mind to solve conflicts. He

wears a purple mask and wields the b?­(Wikipedia,2007). He is named after the sculptor

Donato di Niccol?° di Betto Bardi (Wikipedia,2007). Next is the master of the group.

Splinter is the Turtles’ sensei and adoptive father. He is a mutant rat who learned the

ways of ninjutsu from his own master, Hamato Yoshi. Splinter’s name is a parody of


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