Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: “Tutles Take Time”
28 pgs. Appeared first time [COLOR] in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #33 (1990).
Story: Jan Strnad. Art/Color: Richard Corben (no signature). Lettering: printed (Richard Corben).
France [FRA]: as “Les tortues prennent le temps”, in USA magazine [II] “hors série” #5 (1991).
Style: Blue Line Coloring. Genre: SF/Humour. Time Span: Present day, Pirates, Middle Ages, Prehistory. Nudity: None.
Technique: Black line with acryls, watercolors, airbrush and mixed media prisma color crayons, paper size 7.25″ x 10.25″. Black line and colors on separate sheets.
Keywords: Time Travelling. Pirates. Cube. Eggs. Crocotile. Knights. Prehumans. Creation.
Synopsis: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have got a time cube from Renet. With it they travel through ages and confont enemies of different kind.
Comment: Eastman and Laird have been Corben fans long time. “Turtles Take Time” is third time they have got him inside their comic books. Jan Strnad’s story is funny, but a little bit repeat itself. Some scenes, for example crocotile one, are even ludicrous. The story does not give for Corben much room to create anything special with turtles. Until in the very end, the very last time warp (pg 25).
Making of: Read the entire story how Turtles Take Time was born and made from sketch (incl. lots of picts). The idea was apparently by Richard Corben (a letter to Kevin Eastman in Oct. 25, 1989), but it was outlined by Jan Strnad soon after (Nov. 21, 1989). The full plot was fleshed out by Jan Strand on Dec. 7, 1989, and mockuped by Richard Corben. During that time Mr. Strnad and Mr. Corben discuss weather one of turtles should or should not have a peg leg. In the first version Corben made Donnatello to fake his peg leg. (pgs 2 and 8).
Changes (with additional text by Mr. Corben and Mr. Strand; additional info: when there was no clear divition which turtle was which in a frame, somebody wrote with pencil letter next to each one to tell that):
- Pg 1, frame 1: Jan – Here’s 11 pages of Turtles to see how your “words” over art system work RC (Corben). Great age! I hated to put word balloons on it (but I did)! – Jan (Strand).
- Pg 2, frame 3: I felt odd giving Donatello a leg leg. I don’t think I’d anyone to do such a thing to one of my characters (Corben). See note on reverse (Strnad).
- Pg 2, frame 6: Maybe this guy looks too much like captain of the other ship (Corben). Yes. I think you’re right (Strnad). The guy’s face was altered.
- Pg 3, frame 7: Foot (Strnad). And next to the page: This is especially wonderful page! (Strnad).
- Pg 5, frame 1: Sharks & helpless pirates (Corben). Yeah!! (Strand). Mr. Corben added them.
- Pg 6, frame 4: Probably an invitation to join the Cube-of-the-Month Club (written with pencil).
- Pg 7, frame 5: Some kind of swirl or [unrecognizable word: mably???] backgournd (Corben)
- Pg 8, frame 3: Foot (Strand). The rest of leg erased.
- Pg 14, frame 1: Come off it, Leo! We can Take this guy (written with pencil).
- Pg 28, frame 4: Empty. Later copied part of frame 5. Next to frame 5: Look like 2000 years (written with pencil).
- Some of written text were not clearly visible (for example the bottom of pg 11 Mr. Corben wrote… something).
- Mr. Corben draw each page almost exactly as they were in the printed version; Jan Strnad marked the places for balloons. Mr. Corben’s additional text was written in black and Mr. Strnad’s in red. There was also text with pencil. You cannot say for sure for who did those.
Richard Corben B&W art with Richard Corben/Jan Strnad comments and marking for balloons.
The back of pg 2 says, “About the peg leg. Corb – I appreciate your sensitivity on this, but it’s absolutely essential to the inner logic of the story for Don to get a real leg leg. The time cube brings about real, physical changes, and the “leg folded under” business doesn’t make any sense. Keep in mind that Kevin approved the synopsis twice, that the change is only temporary and is painless, that the Turtles have suffered far more drastic changes (Mark Martin turned them into household appliances, f’r chris’sake!), and that it’s only a comic book – no living turtles were harmed in the creation of this book! It’ll be okay, I promise! In fact, it’ll probably be the fans’ favourite part of the pirate sequence! Personally, I’d love to see one of my characters with a wooden leg providing it was a temporary change like this. So please give Donatello a real peg leg for a few pages so he doesn’t look silly – I’m sure he’ll appreciate it. It’ll be fine!
P.S. – I took care, in the script, to point out that the change was only temporary, and to make sure that the leg doesn’t bother Don any, to quote: “Don’t worry about me!”
P.P.S. – Heck, we put Leo’s eye out!
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Created: Nov. 4, 2004. Last updated: January 15, 2020 at 22:09 pm