A One-Part Crossover Extravaganza: “Return of the Justice Force”

“Nobody stays dead for very long in comic books.” — Michelangelo

Written by: Marty Isenberg

Original Air Date: May 8, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Michelangelo

Characters and Concepts Introduced: The Justice Force: “Stainless” Steve Steel, Metalhead, Battling Bernice, Doctor Dome, Zippy Lad, Joey Lastic, Ananda,

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: N/A

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Mirage Stories: “The Golden Puck”

“Just a puck?  Just a puck!? It’s not just a puck! It’s a symbol. That golden puck comes from the beginning of ice hockey and carries us forward to the future of…ice hockey!” Casey Jones


Written by: Michael Ryan

Original Air Date: April 10, 2004

Teaser Narrator: Casey Jones

Characters and Concepts Introduced: Slim, Jimmy, Jimmy, Mr. Arboost

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: N/A

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The Penthouse: “City at War” Part Three

“The turtles team up with the Foot? It sounds crazy!”Donatello

“Weasel! The Shredder’s back! Seems the guy doesn’t know when to stay in the morgue.”Boss


Written by: Ben Townsend

Original Air Date: March 27, 2004

Recap Narrator: Raphael

Characters and Concepts Introduced: N/A

Gargoyles episodes I could make comparisons to: “Avalon”, “Turf”

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Feet (and Everything Else) of Clay: “Golem”

“You must follow the words of our ancestors: ‘love justice and do mercy.'” — Max Loew


Written by: Gary Sperling

Original Air Date: December 14, 1995

Introduces: Tomas Brod, Max Loew, Janus, The Golem, Rabbi Loew

Timeline placement: January 19, 1996

Location: Prague, Czech Republic

TMNT episode I could make a forced comparison to: N/A

Content Notes: Anti-Semitism

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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.

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So I’m finally going through the first volume of “Tales of the TMNT”…

…and I’m finding that most of the stories were unquestionably improved upon in their 2003 adaptations.  This is not something I’d thought about very many of the show’s adaptations until now.