P:R Approved: Marv’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

Note: While they may not be your typical super-heroes, they are in the extended family of heroes that call comics home. And artist Marv has given them a serious overhaul that keeps to the roots of the character while allowing them to grow up. There’s alot to love here from the unique wardrobes of each turtle to the attention to detail for the ensemble cast (Look at that Usagi!). Bravo, Marv!. – Chris A.

29 comments on “P:R Approved: Marv’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
  1. The costume redesigns are great, but my favorite touch was that he gave each turtle a distinct physique.

  2. How are they NOT typical superheroes? They’re vigilantes, have abilities greater than the average person, and their super identities were forged by fantasy science. Sounds like the definition of a typical superhero to me!

  3. These are great. I grew up with the TMNT mania, and was a huge fan, but looking back the animation and artwork was broadly crap.

    These are fantastic – especially the TMNT themselves, and April O’Neill has been nicely modernised (it would be great to see her as a modern, “citizen journalist”).

    I think Shredder and Splinter could have been a bit more radically redesigned – for such central characters they feel a bit underplayed.

  4. I think April could do with a little more updating to make her a bit more “21st century journalist”. I imagine her as a bit punkier / hipper, and maybe even a little older? A hard-working web-hack on 10 cups of coffee a day.

  5. So much goodness here. The variations of clothing on our 4 turtles that all have roots in japanese armor and clothing tradition is amazing, AND each design matches the character’s personality. Superb.
    The supporting cast is all perfectly done. Splinter’s pipe! Ohhhhh, so good.

  6. Seen this before on deviantART, love it. Feel all the turtle costumes fit their personality well. Obviously, he was trying to meld together elements of the 80′s cartoon, the live-action movies and the comic books with a more realistic style. Fabulous work on Karai, Shredder and Usagi!

  7. Well wow! Fun, quirky and gorgeous redesigns. If these were done as high quality action figures, I’d buy every one of them. The Turtles each have their own look, which they’ve needed, and the Foot actually feel somewhat menacing. I can dig that.

  8. I love these! The mix of trad Ninjitsu gear and hockey pads etc look great, Who’s the big croc in the lab coat though?

  9. I love the whole lot. Pitch perfect. Usagi looks great and Karai looks way more realistic than Psylocke (if anyone needed a redesign it’s her). Great work on every one.

  10. I was a huge Turtle Fan growing up so, right off the bat, I wanna thank Marv for the the trip down memory lane.
    Secondly, I want to applaud him for the thought put into each of these designs, but specifically the turtles themselves. Their respective wardrobes fit their personalities and styles perfectly. It makes perfect sense that the bruiser Raph would choose to wear armour, or that Don, arguably the most human of the turtles, would wear the most clothing. Marv has managed to combine the various iterations of the turtle into a form that respects each of the characters identity while allowing room for innovation.

    The supporting cast is also wonderfully done. Just look at that Leatherhead! He’s awesome!

  11. Very cool!

    Though I wonder why Casey Jones looks like he has a potbelly. I get that he’s kind of a thrown-together superhero kind of guy, but he looks… I don’t want to say unprofessional but pretty unkempt and slovenly.

  12. As with almost every version of the Turtles, I’m left to ask where they got this stuff. Somehow we all forget that they grew up in a sewer. They can’t really go out to a martial arts supply store or mail order. Their gear should be a little more “home brew.”. It would keep in with the Ninja history of “we used what we had on hand so no one would suspect”

  13. Edwin, why couldn’t they mail order? They order pizza all the time. And with Casey and April, or even a smartphone, they can get online. TMNT have always been portrayed as hip to the latest tech, so getting online would be nothing for them. And getting a credit card, well, my cat gets card offers, so I think our tech savvy shellheads could manage.

  14. I like most of the little ninja details on the diferent turtle’s costumes. The aproach of giving each of them a diferent body build is a classic, and I have probably seen other best done.

  15. Nick Marino: How are they NOT typical superheroes? They’re vigilantes, have abilities greater than the average person, and their super identities were forged by fantasy science. Sounds like the definition of a typical superhero to me!

    C’mon now. They’re turtles, guy.

    I mean, I like the passion on your end, etc, but the fact that they’re hard-shelled turtles visually makes them atypical superheroes. Especially on a site like this one that focuses on the aesthetic aspect of the genre and where (sadly or not) there’s often a clear physical archetype in play (Superman, Mrs Marvel, etc..).

  16. I’ve seen updates like these applied to the turtles and their extended family before by other artists, but this is the first time I’ve seen a truly perfect marriage of the characters’ personalities and the artist’s designs and style. I especially like how Usagi and Leatherhead actually have the looks of a real rabbit and alligator respectively, instead of cartoon caricatures of both. On the other hand, I’m happy the turtles retained their cartoon-ish features. They tend to lose some of their appeal to me when drawn in a style that’s too realistic.

  17. My favorite would be Donatello, I just like the way his outfit is hooded with an open face (with Mempo down around his neck!), plus the short kimono.

    Usagi… while he looks good within the context of this TMNT universe, I really think Stan Sakai’s original design is pretty much perfect. However, this isn’t really the place for one of my “Stan Sakai is a god” rants…

  18. Kevin Reid-Rice: Edwin, why couldn’t they mail order? They order pizza all the time. And with Casey and April, or even a smartphone, they can get online. TMNT have always been portrayed as hip to the latest tech, so getting online would be nothing for them. And getting a credit card, well, my cat gets card offers, so I think our tech savvy shellheads could manage.

    Delivery address! The pizza alone concerns me (and is kind of a creation of the 80′s cartoon and 80′s movie) The best I can imagine they get away with is robbing people to get money, food… all that equipment they have.

  19. Edwin:
    Delivery address!The pizza alone concerns me (and is kind of a creation of the 80′s cartoon and 80′s movie)The best I can imagine they get away with is robbing people to get money, food… all that equipment they have.

    If I can accept the fact that radioactive materials turned them into anthropomorphized ninjas, I can get past their accumulation of gear.

  20. These are great. He strayed into samurai territory with some elements, but the designs are still superb none the less.

  21. Alex: If I can accept the fact that radioactive materials turned them into anthropomorphized ninjas, I can get past their accumulation of gear.

    Touche.

    Though I still feel like some of their story strains suspension of disbelief pretty far. I enjoy it, but always worry about the thing that will cause my S.O.D to come crashing down and leave me with nothing but the knowledge that I am watching a cartoon or reading a comic (yes, that’s a bad thing)

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