Toy Chest Theater: TMNT in Black and White

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were created in a black and white comic book. So they’re perfectly at home in such a cinematic setting.

What’s more, Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s TMNT originally all had red bandanas, as we saw on the color covers. So this image from Choi June is that much more authentic as a result of the red accent, which is a little reminiscent of Schindler’s List or Sin City.

TMNT Black and White by Choi June

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Toy Chest Theater: Two-Face by Gabriel Arndt

By Rob Siebert
Fanboy Wonder

Alright, so it’s a little late for a Halloween pic. But it’s never too late to tip your had to The Long Halloween, as Gabriel Arndt has done with this piece.

What’s interesting about this shot is that Two-Face doesn’t get the starring role. The friggin’ pumpkin does. But it works. I don’t think that came with the actual Long Halloween action figures. But it looks like something Tim Sale would draw. And the blood spatter is a nice touch. The contrast of the black-and-white background goes a long way in creating that noir vibe that most of those Jeph Loeb/Tim Sale Batman stories had.

Some people crow about The Long Halloween, and Jeph Loeb’s writing of Batman in general, being overrated. I really couldn’t disagree more. Especially if you’re someone just being introduced to Batman comics, or even comics in general. Two of the first trades I gave my wife to read were The Long Halloween and Hush. Obviously, you’re entitled to your opinion. But for me, Loeb is an all-time great.

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