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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage)

CBUB Wins: 21
CBUB Losses: 8
Win Percentage: 72.41%

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Read more about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Mirage) at: Wikipedia

Official Site: Mirage Studios

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (or simply Ninja Turtles) are a fictional team of four anthropomorphic turtle, who were trained by their anthropomorphic rat sensei in the art of ninjutsu and named after four Renaissance artists. From their home in the storm sewers of New York City, they battle petty criminals, evil megalomania, and alien invader, all while remaining isolated from society at large. The characters initially appeared in comic book before being licensed for toys, cartoons, video games, films, and other merchandise. During the peak of its popularity in the late 1980s through early 1990s, the franchise gained considerable worldwide success and fame.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his friend Peter Laird. Using money from a tax refund together with a loan from Eastman's uncle, the young artists self-published a single issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics' Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim's Cerebus, and Frank Miller's Ronin.

Much of the Turtles' mainstream success began when a licensing agent, Mark Freedman, sought out Eastman and Laird to propose wider merchandising opportunities for the offbeat property. In 1986, Dark Horse Miniatures produced a set of 15 mm lead figurines. In January 1988, they visited the offices of Playmates Toys Inc, a small California toy company who wished to expand into the action figure market. Development initiated with a creative team of companies and individuals: Jerry Sachs, ad man of Sachs-Finley Agency, brought together the animators at Murakami-Wolf-Swenson, headed by award-winning animator Fred Wolf. Wolf and his team combined concepts and ideas with Playmates marketing crew, headed by Karl Aaronian and then VP of Sales, Richard Sallis and VP of Playmates, Bill Carlson. Aaronian brought on several designers and concepteer and writer John Schulte and worked out the simple backstory that would live on toy packaging for the entire run of the product and show. Sachs called the high-concept pitch "Green Against Brick". The sense of humor was honed with the collaboration of MWS's writers. Playmates and their team essentially served as associate producers and contributing writers to the miniseries that was first launched to sell-in the toy action figures. Phrases like "Heroes in a Half Shell" and many of the comical catch phrases and battle slogans ("Turtle Power!") came from the writing and conceptualization of this creative team. As the series developed, veteran writer Jack Mendelsohn came on board as both a story editor and scriptwriter. David Wise, Michael Charles Hill, and Michael Reaves wrote most of the scripts, taking input via Mendelsohn and collaborating writer Schulte and marketing maven Aaronian.

The miniseries was repeated three times before it found an audience. Once the product started selling, the show got syndicated and picked up and backed by Group W, which funded the next round of animation. The show then went network, on CBS. Accompanied by the popular Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 TV series, and the subsequent action figure line, the TMNT were soon catapulted into pop culture history. At the height of the frenzy, in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Turtles' likenesses could be found on a wide range of children's merchandise, from Pez dispenser to skateboard, breakfast cereal, video games, school supplies, linens, towels, cameras, and even toy shaving kits.

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CBUB Match Record:

Result Opponent My Score   Their Score
Win Team Chaotix 87 to 19
Loss Fantastic Four 38 to 77
Win King Bowser 73 to 36
Loss Doctor Doom 43 to 66
Win The Straw Hat Pirates 51 to 34
Win Killer Croc 64 to 34
Win Kouga Ninja Clan 54 to 23
Win Scorpion (Hanzo Hasashi) 58 to 41
Loss Wolverine 43 to 52
Loss Kakashi Hatake 42 to 48
Win Royal Flush Gang 24 to 10
Win Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) 20 to 6
Win Spider-Man 25 to 15
Loss The Mask 13 to 17
Win Scarface Predator 31 to 9
Loss Crimebusters (Watchmen) 9 to 12
Win Bane 24 to 3
Win Arkham Asylum 22 to 11
Win Predator Clan 15 to 9
Win Ra's Al Ghul 12 to 10
Win Care Bears 11 to 7
Win Predator Clan 18 to 3
Win SG-1 13 to 5
Win Demona 16 to 6
Win Killer Croc 24 to 5
Win Bane 12 to 6
Win Street Sharks 14 to 3