Plug: A Visual History of April O’Neil, Part 2: (1988 – 1991)

Covering the first two films, the debut of April’s Archie incarnation, and the heyday of the Mirage guest-creator era.

The year 1987 brought us our second ever incarnation of April, one that, while visually faithful to the character as originally depicted, was at odds with what had become the norm.  As the new franchise’s popularity continued to expand, two more new incarnations were introduced: April as seen in the films, who like most things in the movie was conceived as an amalgam of her comic book and cartoon incarnations; and April as seen in the Archie comic books, who was ostensibly the cartoon version, but like most things in the book quickly became her own distinct character.  While the people over at Mirage were still depicting their version of the character as a Woman of Color, by 1990, it was White April who had become the norm.

Go give it a read here.

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2 Responses to Plug: A Visual History of April O’Neil, Part 2: (1988 – 1991)

  1. Garfield says:

    I wish curly hair April were used a little more as an interpretation. Its not popular but I like Mirages look of her.

  2. Chimalpahin says:

    Absolutely wonderful! I wish we had a little more variety when it comes to APRIL. An all white New York is no bueno.

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