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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thirty Days of Turtles: Wingnut

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: Wingnut!

Wingnut first appeared in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #2 (1989), a mini-comic - 1 of 3 - that came packaged with Ninja Turtles cereal. (Man Ray would also debut in this series.)

Wingnut would later appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures #8 (January 1990) as a Batman parody, with Screwloose as his Robin. He would also go on to appear in the toy line and the animated series.

Wingnut would later go on to cameo with (most of) the rest of the Mutanimals in Mirage's Tales of the TMNT #58 (May 2009), although it's important to note that this is still the "Adventures" version because it's in a scene of the multiverse. It's also worth noting that Screwloose does NOT appear in this scene.

Wingnut can appear as a hero or villain depending on the continuity, and despite being a Mutanimal, he is actually an alien instead of a mutant. (Now that I think about it, very few of the Mutanimals are mutants.)

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