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Monday, June 6, 2016

Thirty Days of Turtles: Charles Pennington

Recently I decided that if I want to keep having new content on this blog, I'm going to have to branch out beyond Marvel and DC. They'll always bring in new content, and I'm sure I'll continue to find old ones I've missed, but it's time to move toward more unfamiliar territory. With that in mind, and because they have a new movie out, I thought I'd kick this new era off with Thirty Days of Turtles!

That's right: From June 3 to July 2, there'll be a post each day highlighting Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles canon immigrants. Now, because TMNT canon is a little confusing, it can be hard to tell what counts as a canon immigrant and what doesn't. So for the purposes of this blog, a TMNT canon immigrant is anything (a) from the movies, cartoons, video games, toy lines, or tie-in comic series that later appeared in (b) TMNT volumes 1, 2, or 4 [because they're by the original creators] or TMNT volume 5 [because the original creators are involved, it's the new official continuity, and its goal is to use as much of the diverse TMNT lore as possible].

With that in mind, let's look at today's entry: Charles Pennington!

This won't be a long article, and it's so minor, I would've normally waited until later in the month to post it, but I chose to do it now for two reasons: (1) with the new movie's opening weekend just ending, I thought it was appropriate to cover the only canon immigrants from the movies that I'm aware of, and (2) the computer that has my list of all the posts I want to make and the pertinent information about them is on the fritz, and he's one of the few I could remember off the top of my head.

Nevertheless! Charles Pennington first appeared as April O'Neil's editor in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). He didn't have a big role, but his son Danny was important to the plot as a teenager who joined the Foot Clan.

He later appeared in Mirage continuity in Tales of the TMNT #59 (June 2009), as the boss of journalist Lauren Stanton. I was hoping to find a panel where he was called Charles or Pennington (he's called both at separate times), but no such luck.

He has yet to appear in IDW continuity, but it's funny; he wasn't even supposed to appear in Mirage continuity! According to Tristan Huw Jones, the writer, the name was originally a placeholder in the script that he was going to change, but when he lost the script and had to piece it together from various emails and drafts, it sneaked into the final product!

1 comment:

  1. I heard one of the writers for the IDW comics wanted to bring in Tatsu from the first 2 TMNT movies but for some reason it didn't end up happening.