With the impending release of the new turtles movie on August 8, 2014 I thought that it would be fun to go thru whatever backissues I left in my longboxes. I share with you the results of my search.
It so happens that I have a 5th printing (1988) from the very first issue of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLE comic. the following paragraph is an excerpt from a Wikipedia entry.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984 in Dover, New Hampshire. The concept arose from a humorous drawing sketched out by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with friend Peter Laird. Using money from a tax refund, together with a loan from Eastman’s uncle, the young artists self-published a single-issue comic intended to parody four of the most popular comics of the early 1980s: Marvel Comics’ Daredevil and New Mutants, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, and Frank Miller’s Ronin. The TMNT comic series has been published in various incarnations by various comic book companies since 1984.
On 1996 the turtles were briefly published by Image Comics.