UNIDENTIFIED FLYING LEONARDO
Written by: Sean Roche
GROUP W #106
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Vernon, Mr. Thompson
GUEST STARS: Scoop Oliver, Dr. Davens, Billy Jim Bob, The Townspeople
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Channel Six News Building, High Falls, Dr. Daven’s Farm
April decides to go upstate to a town called High Falls to investigate UFO sightings. Splinter gets a bad feeling about April’s trip and sends Leonardo to keep an eye on her. April arrives in the farm town and meets Scoop Oliver, the local reporter, who does not believe in the sightings.
When Leonardo arrives in High Falls he gets greeted by what seems to be a giant, hovering alien spaceship. While trying to escape from the spaceship, Leonardo runs into Billy Jim Bob. When Billy Jim Bob sees Leonardo, he thinks he is an alien and hurries into town screaming that he saw an alien.
The townspeople begin looking for Leo. When April finds out that the alien is actually Leonardo, she tries to stop the townsfolk by saying that the alien is probably scared of them and would not harm them in any way. Billy Jim Bob seems to be the only one to really listen to April. When April sees that noone is listening to her, she contacts Leonardo and fills him in on what is going on. They both decide to meet to see if they can figure a way out of the sitation. While April is waiting for Leonardo, she gets grabbed by the UFO, which actually turns out to be a hi-tech helicopter disguised to fool the locals. Dr. Davens, the helicopter’s pilot, tells April that he has invented a Vigro-Ray which increases the size of food crops. He plans on making lots of money with his giant crop and is using the UFO to keep people from finding out.
Leonardo arrives just in time to see April disappear. Shortly after, the townspeople track Leonardo down and begin chasing him once more. Thinking about what April said, and wanting to see what a real alien is like, Billy Jim Bob rescues Leonardo from the townspeople.
Back at the lair, Splinter has a nightmare about Leonardo and sends the other Turtles to look for him and April.
In High Falls, Billy Jim Bob tells Leonardo that he has always seen the UFO near Dr. Davens’ farm. Leonardo decides to go and investigate the Doctor’s farm to see if he can find anything. The other Turtles arrive in High Falls and the four of them stop Dr. Davens before he can create any more giant vegetables.
Once Dr. Davens is discovered, the townspeople realize that there never really were any aliens in their town and April and the Turtles return home.
THE FOOT SOLDIERS ARE REVOLTING
Written by: Michael Reaves
GROUP W #105
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Irma, Vernon, Mr. Thompson, Krang, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady, Foot Soldiers
GUEST STARS: Alpha One
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Technodrome, Dimension X
After Bebop and Rocksteady blow another assignment, Shredder fires them and decides to replace them with an intelligent Foot Soldier named Alpha One. A computer interruption caused by Bebop and Rocksteady causes the main computer to malfunction while Krang is programming Alpha One. The end result is Alpha One comes out more intelligent than Krang and Shredder put together. Alpha One decides he does not want to work for Krang and Shredder, so he sends them out into Dimension X space in a life pod. Alpha One starts to do the same with Bebop and Rocksteady but they tell him where he can find a wave modulator. Thinking that this will be helpful if he wants to rule the world, A 1 decides to keep Bebop and Rocksteady with him. His plan is to transport all the humans to Dimension X so he and his robots will have control of the Earth.
The Turtles are looking for the wave modulator in the sewer. Just as they find it, Alpha One shows up with his soldiers, Bebop and Rocksteady. The Turtles try to stop him from taking the modulator, but fail. Alpha One returns to Dimension X, but leaves Bebop and Rocksteady in the sewer. Bebop and Rocksteady and the Turtles decide to work together to try and stop Alpha One.
When the Turtles go to the surface, they discover that Alpha One is on Earth with a Dimensional Displacement Device which he is using to transport all organic life to Dimension X.
Meanwhile, back in Dimension X, Krang and Shredder manage to find their way back to the Technodrome. When they get there, they discover all the people that Alpha One has transported. They immediately start transporting all of them back to Earth. Alpha One sees the people coming back through the portal and gets distracted because he doesn’t know what’s happening. This distraction allows the Turtles to take the wave modulator out of the Dimnsional Displacement Device. The Turtles turn the device against Alpha One transporting him to an unknown dimension. The Turtles then use the Device to transport Bebop and Rocksteady back to Dimension X where they belong.
THE BIG BUG BLUNDER
Written by: Michael Reaves
Group W #104
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Irma, Vernon, Mr. Thompson, Krang, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady
GUEST STARS: Genghis Frog
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Technodrome, Dimension X, Channel Six News Building
Krang is working on duplicating the original mutagen when Bebop and Rocksteady come in and screw it up. A fly lands in the mutagen and it increases in size. Not being able to control it, Bebop and Rocksteady send the giant insect to Earth. After seeing what the mutagen does to the fly, Krang and Shredder decide to use it to create large insects to take over the world.
Genghis Frog (a friend of the Turtles) decides to go to the city and see his buddies. Upon getting there, he spots the huge fly and starts chasing it. Meanwhile, the Turtles are watching TV and they see April’s report about the massive fly. The TMNT go to check it out and end up rescuing Genghis from the huge bug.
In Dimension X, Krang and Shredder use the mutagen on three bugs and send them to Earth to keep the Turtles busy while they move ahead with their plan. Their scheme is to find an anthill and use the mutagen on the ants.
The city is going nuts with the giant insects running amok and destroying it. A mud wasp is building a nest on the Channel Six building and a giant scorpion attacks the Turtles and Genghis. Just as our heroes manage to trap the scorpion, April radios the Turtles asking for help. The TMNT rescue April from the mud wasp nest and soon after, the wasp attacks them.
Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady arrive on Earth and locate their anthill. Shredder accidentally spills some mutagen on an ant and it turns on them. The villains manage to get away from the gigantic ant and then they return to the anthill.
The Turtles, April and Genghis manage to herd all the insects together, but they can’t figure out what to do with them until they spot Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady. Our heroes lure the bugs in Shredder’s direction. When Shredder sees the huge insects heading for him, he realizes he does not have time to go through with his plan and quickly tells Krang to open the portal.
Shredder, Bebop and Rocksteady get through the portal, but do not close it in time. They suddenly find themselves in the Technodrome with all the insects that they had originally sent to Earth. Once again the Turtles have turned their nemesis’ plan against them.
BEYOND THE DONATELLO NEBULA
Written by: Dennis O’Flaherty
GROUP W #103
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Vernon
GUEST STARS: Algernon, Hiram Grelch, Hiram Grelch’s goons
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Channel Six News Building, Grelch’s Penthouse
Donatello has created a device to communicate with distant galaxies. While trying to communicate with the Turtle Nebula (a cloud of stars shaped like a turtle) Donatello accidentally brings a spaceship to Earth. The craft lands next to him, on the top of the Channel Six building. Out of the spaceship comes an alien lizard named Algernon. Algernon tells Donatello that his broadcast brought him to Earth and damaged his ship’s drive. Algernon insists that Donatello now fix it.
Meanwhile, the other Turtles are watching one of April’s broadcasts on TV. She is doing a story on Hiram Grelch, a greedy businessman who is trying to take over all the TV stations in the area. In the middle of her broadcast, Grelch’s hoods show up and kidnap April. Donatello and Algernon see this and rush to her aid, but the hoods get away and bring April to Grelch’s penthouse. When Donatello and Algernon arrive at Grelch’s penthouse they discover that he has a force field around it and they can’t get in. The duo head back to Channel Six to get a laser cannon from Algernon’s ship to blast through the force field. To their surprise, they discover that Grelch has stolen the spaceship.
After April’s disappearance on TV, the other Turtles set out to look for her. After having no luck, the lads decide to see if there is any news on April’s disappearance on the television. The three TMNT are surprised to find Donatello on the air! Donny has come up with a plan to hopefully free April and get Algernon’s ship back. He has Algernon change himself into a ferocious alien from the Turtle Nebula demanding his ship back. If it is not returned, the transmogrified alien will create interplanetary war! Using Grelch’s force field against him, Donatello broadcasts an alien invasion movie through his view windows. The broadcasts makes it appear that Earth is being invaded and Grelch decides to surrender. While Grelch is panicking from the “so called invasion,” Algernon and Donatello manage to get in under the force field and shut the power off to the building. The other Turtles arrive in the Turlte Blimp, battle Grelch and his thugs and free April.
Donatello finally discovers that the only thing that will fix Algernon’s ship is pizza. After taking some pizza from Michaelangelo, he waves good bye to the Turtles and returns home.
RAPHAEL DRIVES ‘EM WILD
Written by: Misty Taggart
Group W #102
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Vernon, Mr. Thompson
GUEST STARS: Mr. Big, Little Huey, The Premier of Vadeem, The Cab Driver
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Channel Six News Building, Pier 53
On his way home from getting pizza, Raphael and a cab driver accidentally get exposed to rays from a Personality Transmogrifier. This device switches the minds of the two parties that get zapped by it. When the device goes off, Raphael’s mind gets switched with the cab driver’s.
The Transmogrifier was accidentally left in the cab by Little Huey, one of Mr. Big’s thugs. Mr. Big had Little Huey steal the device so he could use it on the Premier of Vadeem and Little Huey. Once their minds are switched, he is going to have the Premier sign over the valuable oil leases to him.
When Mr. Big finds out that Little Huey lost the Transmogrifier, they both set out to find it.
Meanwhile, the other Turtles are startled when a cab driver shows up with their pizzas insisting that he’s Raphael. Since the man seems to know a lot about the Turtles, Michaelangelo, Donatello and Leonardo decide to have him stay for a while. While all of them are watching the news, they discover that a Transmogrifier was stolen from the Meridian Vine Instititue. The professor on the TV says that once this device has been activated, it will become unstable and blow up. Michaelangelo, Leonardo and Donatello now realize what has happened to Raphael. The four set out to the Institute to find the blue prints for the Transmogrifier so that Donatello can deactivate it.
Mr. Big and Little Huey find the cab that Huey was in. They get in and discover that the device is still there. Now that they have it back, the hoods tell the driver to take them to Pier 53. This is where the Premier will be.
While April is on her way to interview the Premier, she spots Raphael driving the cab that Mr. Big and Little Huey are in. April tries to talk to him, but the driver thinks she’s nuts when she call him Raphael. Sensing that there is something wrong, Ms. O’Neil contacts the Turtles. The Turtles tell her that they’re on their way and ask her to follow the cab. The cab arrives at Pier 53 and Mr. Big and Little Huey kidnap the Premier. The mobsters then tell the driver to take them to Mr. Big’s hideout.
Now the chase begins. April is still following the cab and informs the Turtles of their whereabouts. The Turtles decide to take a route to try to cut them off. They all come together unexpectedly at an intersection and the taxi and the Turtle Van collide. The impact crushes the Transmogrifier, causing it to go off. Seconds later, Raphael and the cab driver are returned to themselves.
Mr. Big and Little Huey get arrested. April ends up getting her interview with the Premier, the cab driver gets a medal for saving the Premier and the Turtles return home with the real Raphael.
Written by: T. Penderson and Francis Moss
GROUP W #101
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Mr. Thompson
GUEST STARS: The Rat King, Leatherhead
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Channel Six News, The Rat King and Leatherhead’s Hideout
The Turtles enter Master Splinter’s room and find him and his belongings gone. Looking around, the TMNT find a videotape that he left behind for them. In the tape Splinter explains to the Turtles that he has taught them all he knows and now it is time for them to be on their own. The Sensei tells them to leave the lair and go their separate ways. The Turtles take his advice and leave the lair. Michaelangelo gets his own cooking show, Leonardo works at a fitness center, Raphael performs at birthday parties and Donatello works in a fix-it shop.
In the sewer, the Rat King finds out that the Turtles have separated and realizes that now he and Leatherhead can take over the city. They plan on creating an army of Robo Rats and Android Alligators to help them in their evil endeavor. Even though the Turtles have gone their separate ways, Leatherhead still wants to find them and get rid of them once and for all. One by one the villains attack the solo Turtles and capture all but Leonardo. While Leatherhead and Leonardo are fighting, Leonardo falls into a sewage drain. Leatherhead thinks Leo is dead and does not bother to go after him.
While looking for Michaelangelo, April discovers that the Rat King and Leatherhead are after the Turtles. April encounters Leatherhead and follows him to the hideout where she sees Michaelangelo, Donatello and Raphael tied up. She is discovered, and almost caught, until Splinter rescues her. The Master had been following April without her knowledge to see how each Turtle was doing.
To the villains’ surprise, Leonardo arrives and frees the other Turtles. The Rat King and Leatherhead send the Robo Rats and Android Alligators after them. April and Splinter arrive shortly after. With the Turtles reunited and Splinter by their side, they defeat the robots. Seeing that their plans have been ruined, the Rat King and Leatherhead flee.
Splinter tells the Turtles that the reason he left them was because he sensed trouble from the Rat King and Leatherhead. He figured that if he could trick them into believing that the Turtles had gone their separate ways, it would bring the villains out into the open. The plan worked just as he imagined it.
LEONARDO VERSUS TEMPESTRA
Written by: Misty Taggart
GROUP W #100
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Mr. Thompson, Irma, Vernon
GUEST STARS: Tempestra
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Power Plant
The Turtles sneak into an arcade in the middle of the night to play video games. Leonardo gets hooked on a game called “Tempestra’s Revenge.” One rainy night, Leon sneaks out to play the game. While Leonardo is playing the game, lightning strikes the arcade and Tempestra comes to life. Leonardo contacts the other Turtles and asks them for help. Tempestra overhears him calling for help and traps the other Turtles in their lair by flooding the sewers.
April finds Leonardo trying to dodge falling things from the earthquake that Tempestra has started. The fearless reporter picks up the dazed Ninaj Turtle and they both set out to find Tempestra. They follow her trail to a nuclear power plant where she has gone to recharge herself. Leonardo thinks he has an idea to get rid of Tempestra for good. He tries to egg her on by telling her he does not think she is all that powerful. Tempestra falls for the trick and proves her strength by creating three creatures to fight Leonardo.
Meanwhile, in the Turtle lair, Donatello has created a machine to help the remaining TMNT escape the flooded sewer so that they can help Leonardo and April. Don, Mike and Raph make their escape and manage to track down April and Leo. The three TMNT arrive at the power plant just as Tempestra releases her creatures upon Leonardo. With all the Turtles reunited, they defeat Tempestras creatures with ease.
Tempestra realizes that she has been tricked and tries to blow up the nuclear generator to get more power. Leonardo uses the computer chip from the video game against Tempestra to capture her once again.
After this adventure, Leonardo decides to lay off video games for a while.
THE BIG CUFFLINK CAPER
Written by: David Wise
GROUP W #99
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Irma, Krang, Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady
GUEST STARS: Big Louie and his gang, Pietro Calzoni, Babyface Cleaver, Wally
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Technodrome, Pietro Calzoni’s mansion
The Turtles, bored at the lack of action, decide to investigate when they hear that cufflinks are being stolen around the city. The lads find out that some of Big Louie’s gang are responsible for it. The TMNT decide to dress up as hoods to see if they can find out from Big Louie what’s going on. Big Louie falls for the Turtles’ ruse and tells them that the reason they are stealing all the cufflinks is that they are looking for the Cufflinks of Cathay. A “certain someone” is willing to pay lots of money for it. The Turtles don’t know it yet, but Shredder is the “certain someone” who wants the cufflinks. Apparently an ancient Chinese explosive is hidden in one of the cufflinks. Shredder plans on using it to blow the Technodrome free of its lava bed.
The investigation leads them to the house of Pietro Calzoni, who has the biggest collection of cufflinks around. The Turtles think that if anyone has the Cufflink of Cathay, it would be him.
April and Irma, who are doing an investigation of their own, come up with the same idea as the Turtles. They all happen to end up at Pietro’s house at the same time. The Turtles tell April and Irma to wait outside while they go in to get the cufflinks. Just as the Turtles get their hands on the cufflinks, Big Louie and his gang show up, followed by Shredder. The TMNT grab the cufflinks and escape to a pizza parlor to figure out what they are going to do with the explosive jewelery. While the Turtles are making plans at the parlor, a bottle is thrown through the window. A note inside the bottle tells the Turtles to meet Shredder and Big Louie at the taffy factory if they ever want to see April and Irma again.
When the Half-shelled heroes get there, Donatello throws one of the cufflinks into a vat of taffy. While Bebop and Rocksteady search for the cufflink, the Turtles fight off Shredder, Big Louie and his gang and rescue April and Irma. Bebop and Rocksteady finally find the cufflink and escape with Shredder to Dimension X. Krang does not think that the Turtles would be stupid enough to give them the cufflink with the explosive in it, so he has Shredder throw it out. Well, Krang was wrong! They did get the explosive one, but it being so old, it was not as powerful as they had expected. Krang and Shredder are disappointed once again.
Written by: Jack Mendelsohn
GROUP W #98
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Irma, Vernon, Mr. Thompson
GUEST STARS: Professor Sopho, Professor Sopho’s Body Guards
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Channel Six News Building, Sopho University, Bottomless Lake
Donatello gets an invitation to accept his degree personally from Professor Sopho at Sopho University. The only problem is that the invitation is addressed to a Miss Donna Tello. Donatello asks Irma to go in his place while he accompanies her in a hidden trunk. While Irma gets a tour of the University, Donatello decides to have a look around the college. He discovers that Professor Sopho has built a device to speed up the Earth’s rotation. Sopho is plannig on using the machine to fling everything from the Earth’s surface into space. The Professor’s body guards catch Don-san snooping around, but, he manages to get away.
Meanwhile, Michaelangelo’s fish, Maxwell, escapes and jumps into the sewer. Raphael, Leonardo and Michaelangelo jump in after the fleeing fish. The Turtles end up following Max all the way to Bottomless Lake. There, they see April with Vernon doing a story on the Lake. Mr. Thompson contacts April and tells her to head over to Sopho University so she can tape an announcement being made to the world by Professor Sopho.
Back at the University, Donatello tries to warn Irma about Sopho’s plans, but she does not believe him. He runs into the body guards again but this time he’s not able to escape. At the graduation ceremony, Irma discovers that the Professor’s plans are exactly as Donny described, and she runs away from the whacked Prof. She finds Donatello tied up, but is not able to free him. The Professor starts to follow through with his plan and the Earth starts rotating rapidly, changing it from night to day to night.
Michaelangelo, Raphael and Leonardo go in the University to find Donatello. Using one of Irma’s hair pins, they are able to stop the magnetometer from spinning. Michaelangelo ends up catching Maxwell and Professor Sopho and his body guards get arrested and locked up.
THE DIMENSION X STORY
Written by: David Wise
Group W #97
CAST OF CHARACTERS: The TMNT, Splinter, April O’Neil, Irma, Vernon, Mr. Thompson, Krang, Shredder
GUEST STARS: The Neutrinos
LOCATIONS: Turtles’ Lair, Technodrome, Channel Six Building
Shredder sends out a message from Dimension X to the Turtles telling them to meet him at the Southside Dump so that he can kick their shells in. When the Green Team gets there, Shredder plans on using a dimensional teleporter to transport them back to the Technodrome. April and Vernon hear Shredder’s proposition over the air and decide to go there to get the scoop. The teleporter only manages to get Michaelangelo and Raphael, but it also takes April, Irma and Vernon as well.
After arriving in Dimension X, Michaelangelo, Raphael, April, Irma and Vernon manage to escape from the Technodrome, asking each other where they are going to go. Immediately after that, the Neutrinos show up to help them.
Back on Earth, Donatello and Leonardo try to get their trans-dimensional portal running so that they can bring the gang home. In order to accomplish this, they have to sneak in the Channel Six Building and borrow a used transformer.
In Dimension X, Michaelangelo and Raphael discover from the Neutrinos that the only portal is in the Technodrome. With their help, they break back into the Technodrome looking for the portal. Vernon, who is competing with April on the best news story, steals April’s camera and leaves the Technodrome looking for a bigger story. Michaelangelo and Raphael contact Donatello and Leonardo informing them that they are ready to go home. They don’t realize that Vernon has left until April tells them. Donatello tells them to hurry and find him because he does not know how long the portal will stay open.
While all this is happening, somewhere else in the Technodrome, Krang has discovered that the Technodrome is stuck in a dormant volcano. If they can set off enough explosives, it just might be enough to get the Technodrome moving back to Earth.
Michaelangelo, Raphael, April, Irma and the Neutrinos go out to find Vernon. They resuce him before he gets beat up by mutants and head back to the Technodrome. The gang spot the explosives near the Technodrome that Krang set and they rearrange them, hoping to ruin Krang’s plan.
Donatello transports them back to Earth just before the explosives go off and just before the portal on Earth closes.
In Dimension X, the volcano erupts, but due to the Turtles, it does not work out the way Krang had hoped. Instead, it just surrounds the lower part of the Technodrome leaving it stuck deeper into the volcano.