Ninja Turtles - Differences Between Printings?
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The mirage website has always been a solid source of info regarding TMNT comics. They've got a good page dedicated to the obvious differences among the first 3 printings.

 

http://www.miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/01/printing-info.html

 

They mention the first print is 7 3/8". I know someone mentioned that the 3rd print is narrower and I remember that being true as well, but I measured my copies to get a little more precise. The range accounted for miswraps (measurements made at the top and bottom of the books) and multiple copies.

 

1st print - 7 1/2" to 7 9/16"

 

2nd print - 7 9/16" to 7 3/4"

 

3rd print - 7 3/8"

 

My 1st and 2nd prints varied in width but were noticeably wider than the 3rd print. 3rd prints were consistently 7 3/8" wide (top and bottom) across the 3 copies I have. Mirage was notorious for using cheap printers, hence the errors early on in the run. It's possible that they paid a little extra for the 3rd printing and got a little higher quality as the run seems far more consistent in size.

 

Of course, we're now just looking at the differences at 1st and 2nd prints. I think I've got a way to identify a 1st print from a 2nd print based strictly on the cover. I'd like to test it before telling it so I don't unintentionally spread false rumors. Post pictures of 1st and 2nd print covers without stating which one it is and I'll see if I can correctly identify it. If it works, I'll share my theory. The higher the resolution the better, but feel free to use google or any auction sites to test this. I'm very curious.

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I have 2 1st and a 2nd. I'll measure when I get when I get home.

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The mirage website has always been a solid source of info regarding TMNT comics. They've got a good page dedicated to the obvious differences among the first 3 printings.

 

http://www.miragelicensing.com/comics/mirage/volume01/01/printing-info.html

 

They mention the first print is 7 3/8". I know someone mentioned that the 3rd print is narrower and I remember that being true as well, but I measured my copies to get a little more precise. The range accounted for miswraps (measurements made at the top and bottom of the books) and multiple copies.

 

1st print - 7 1/2" to 7 9/16"

 

2nd print - 7 9/16" to 7 3/4"

 

3rd print - 7 3/8"

 

My 1st and 2nd prints varied in width but were noticeably wider than the 3rd print. 3rd prints were consistently 7 3/8" wide (top and bottom) across the 3 copies I have. Mirage was notorious for using cheap printers, hence the errors early on in the run. It's possible that they paid a little extra for the 3rd printing and got a little higher quality as the run seems far more consistent in size.

 

Of course, we're now just looking at the differences at 1st and 2nd prints. I think I've got a way to identify a 1st print from a 2nd print based strictly on the cover. I'd like to test it before telling it so I don't unintentionally spread false rumors. Post pictures of 1st and 2nd print covers without stating which one it is and I'll see if I can correctly identify it. If it works, I'll share my theory. The higher the resolution the better, but feel free to use google or any auction sites to test this. I'm very curious.

 

Do you need front and back, or just front?

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I have 2 1st and a 2nd. I'll measure when I get when I get home.

 

If you've got scans, please post them without stating which is which.

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I just need the front cover.

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1st print - 7 1/2" to 7 9/16"

 

2nd print - 7 9/16" to 7 3/4"

 

3rd print - 7 3/8"

 

Can they be measured within less than 1/16 in tolerance through a slab?

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I would think you could just lay a ruler underneath the slab and look at it from the top.

 

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I'm not sold on the size thing because size can vary greatly though a press run.

 

 

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I'm not sold on the size thing because size can vary greatly though a press run.

 

 

Sorry, but you need to stop posting for the day.

 

After that "so fake they should have UPC's on them," you can only go downhill from here. Funny stuff!

 

:roflmao:

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This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I think that was the one that bumped Peter Palmer's TMNT set.

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This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I think that was the one that bumped Peter Palmer's TMNT set.

 

Yeah, it's in the #1 set.

 

 

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This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I think that was the one that bumped Peter Palmer's TMNT set.

 

Yeah, it's in the #1 set.

 

 

crazy that 1 issue bumped a set that's only missing a single issue... 11k points? Wow...

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Um...

This is the copy that sold for $23k in August. :o

 

http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-detail.php?issue_id=36924

1042260008.jpg

 

 

This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I'm 2nd to a possible 3rd print!? :tonofbricks:

 

And to reiterate...the size thing doesn't matter unless you're talking about differentiating a 3rd print from a 1st or 2nd but as discussed, a 3rd print has a more obvious tell. In other words, don't spend too much time measuring books. Spend more time posting your books so we can see if there's a way to tell a 1st from a 2nd from the cover.

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Um...

This is the copy that sold for $23k in August. :o

 

http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-detail.php?issue_id=36924

1042260008.jpg

 

 

This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I'm 2nd to a possible 3rd print!? :tonofbricks:

 

And to reiterate...the size thing doesn't matter unless you're talking about differentiating a 3rd print from a 1st or 2nd but as discussed, a 3rd print has a more obvious tell. In other words, don't spend too much time measuring books. Spend more time posting your books so we can see if there's a way to tell a 1st from a 2nd from the cover.

 

Are you saying you can tell the difference between a first and second print from the cover?

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Um...

This is the copy that sold for $23k in August. :o

 

http://www.pedigreecomics.com/auction-detail.php?issue_id=36924

1042260008.jpg

 

 

This copy is in the registry and is owned by "vrecaro."

 

 

I'm 2nd to a possible 3rd print!? :tonofbricks:

 

And to reiterate...the size thing doesn't matter unless you're talking about differentiating a 3rd print from a 1st or 2nd but as discussed, a 3rd print has a more obvious tell. In other words, don't spend too much time measuring books. Spend more time posting your books so we can see if there's a way to tell a 1st from a 2nd from the cover.

 

If he paid 23k for a third print, he deserves to take the registry crown away from you. :makepoint:

 

 

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Cyberjad just put his 9.6 up for sale. See what you all did now?

 

:taptaptap:

 

TMNT 1 CGC 9.6

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Here's a scan of mine; I know it's a first print since I subbed the book myself and verified the interior info.

 

TMNT.jpg

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Are you saying you can tell the difference between a first and second print from the cover?

 

I'm saying I can tell the difference strictly by the covers of the issues I have on-hand and would like to see if it's just a coincidence or not by sampling a wider pool.

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