MIRAGE STUDIOS is an independent American comic book company founded
in 1983 by
Kevin Eastman and
Peter Laird in
Dover, New Hampshire , and
currently based in
Northampton, Massachusetts . They are best known
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic book series and the
subsequent franchise it has spawned.
* 1 History
* 2 Titles
* 3 References
* 4 External links
Mirage Studios was started back in 1983, in Dover, NH, less than a
year before TMNT #1 was published in May 1984. Mirage then moved to
Sharon, CT and stayed there for two years before ending up in
With the success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Eastman and
Laird hired a core group of artists to help with the increasing
workload. The first addition to the studio roster was Eastman's high
Steve Lavigne , brought on in 1984 as a letterer .
In 1985, Eastman and Laird hired
Cleveland artist Ryan Brown to
assist them as an inker for the Turtles. Brown would be the first in a
long line of artists, other than Eastman and Laird, that would work on
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series. In the following year, two
new members were added, penciler Jim Lawson from
Connecticut and New
Michael Dooney who would paint a number of covers. With the
addition of these four core artists along with Peter and Kevin,
Mirage's Ninja Turtles output would expand over the next couple of
years to include numerous Mirage Studio spin-off titles, as well as a
companion comic book entitled Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja
Turtles . In 1989,
Kevin Eastman invited freelance illustrator A.C.
Farley to do cover paintings for the TMNT collected books. Peter Laird
also invited Farley to do issue #29 of the TMNT comic. Farley was
eventually invited to be part of the studio and crafted many paintings
and comic artwork for the TMNT until his departure from the studio to
resume his freelance business in 2004.
Mirage Studios secured an interlocutory injunction against
Counter-Feat Clothing for similar designs of drawings.
The Mirage artists operated out of a renovated factory space in
Florence, Massachusetts . This is where the bulk of the creative
output was done, such as the Playmates toy designs and the Archie TMNT
comic series , until
Tundra Publishing took over the building.
Eastman and Laird along with Brown, Dooney, Lavigne and Lawson and
Farley toured extensively over the years, making personal appearances
and attending many comic book conventions in
San Diego ,
Boston , and Portsmouth, New Hampshire
among many others. As the TMNT went mainstream, later additions to the
studio would include
Eric Talbot from Eastman's and Lavigne's old high
school, writer Stephen Murphy , and Brown's friend, Dan Berger, who
was brought in from
Ohio to ink the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Adventure title from Archie
Comics . In 1988 , Mirage Studios
participated in the drafting of the Creator\'s Bill of Rights for
comic book creators.
On October 21, 2009 it was announced that
Viacom had purchased all of
Mirage's rights to the
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles property. Mirage
retains the rights to publish 18 issues a year, though the future
involvement of Mirage with the Turtles, and the future of Mirage
itself, is unknown.
Mirage Studios have produced a lot of titles, although most did not
remain in publication for more than a few issues.
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* ^ Catherine Colston; Kirsty Middleton (2005). Modern Intellectual
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* ^ Gary Groth (2012-01-03). "The
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TCJ. Retrieved 2015-03-12.
* ^ Rodney (2009-10-21). "
Viacom Acquires Teenage Mutant Ninja
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