I remember well when Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles issue #1 came out. It was exactly 2 months before I started collecting comics in the 80s, and when the limited run of the first Eastman and Laird classic shot up in price, I was priced out. Being a completist, since I wasn't going to be able to afford issue #1, I forsook the series completely. But, even then, being the stalwart pop culture kid, I wanted in on this martial arts/animal meme.
I scrounged the comic racks and bins for my very own mutant animal fighters. While I'm sure I didn't find them all, I did find the following:
Cold Blooded Chameleon Commandos
Geriatric Gangrene Jujitsu Gerbils
Mildly Microwaved Pre-Pubescent Kung Fu Gophers
Pre-Teen Dirty-Gene Kung-Fu Kangaroos
and my favorite...
Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters
Just to prove I am not making these up, I have included scans of the issue #1 covers from my dusty archive. I've also included an issue #1 cover of Adolescent Radioactive Black Belt Hamsters 3D.
I'm not saying these were great literature. I'm admitting some sad geek status in owning them. And I'm wondering if ANY of you remember ANY of these or if I own the only copies left in existence.
Pardon my nostalgic waxings. I've got to put my bags and boards away... if you don't know, you won't know.