Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Daredevil Spawned from the Same Accident?

01Aug11

via Cracked

According to Cracked’s Maxwell Yezpitelok both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Marvel’s Man without Fear Matt Murdock were created from the same accident.

Daredevil’s origin story which is told in Daredevil #1, shows young Matt Murdock (who at the time can see) save a blind man from getting run over by a truck carrying canisters of toxic waste, only to get a canister to the face causing him to go blind but also increasing his other senses.

Daredevil #1 (1964)

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are born from an almost identical accident, in which a blind old guy is saved from getting run by a kid who gets smacked in the face with a canister of toxic waste for his troubles.  This canister ends up going down the drain with the turtles and turns them into the Mean Green Machines we grew to love and their sensei, the giant rat.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #1 (1984)

This connection makes a lot of sense since it would explain what happened to the toxic waste that blinded Daredevil as a child and it would also make you wonder why nobody thought to call a HazMat team back then.

While some might think this connection between the two are merely a coincidence others would say it’s intentional since  both Turtles’ creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird are admittedly huge fans of Daredevil, and also because Daredevil appeared 20 years before the Turtles giving them plenty of time to rip Daredevil’s origin story off.  However since Marvel doesn’t own the rights to the Ninja Turtles (yet) we can’t say that the Turtles exist in the Marvel Universe yet so this theory will just have to go in the wild conspiracy pile until the day Marvel decides to kill another part of my childhood and buy them up.

via Cracked

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5 Responses to “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Daredevil Spawned from the Same Accident?”

  1. While certainly not official, yes the Turtles were supposed to be formed from the same accident. This was one of many parody elements in the original TMNT story. This is also how the “Foot” clan got it’s name. It’s a parody on the Marvel Hand Ninjas.

  2. 2 Hoopermazing

    I’ve thought that since I first became aware of the TMNTs–in 1985–via an Army buddy from Boston


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