Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles meets Stranger Things in what might be the biggest '80s nostalgia-fest in comics

TMNT x Stranger Things art
(Image credit: IDW Publishing / Dark Horse Comics)

'80s nostalgia is powerful, and nothing shows that more than the success of the sci-fi streaming series Stranger Things, which taps into no shortage of pop culture from the most radical, bodacious decade. 

And now starting in July, some of those '80s (and '90s) pop culture icons are going to meet up with the kids of Stranger Things directly in IDW Publishing and Dark Horse Comics' crossover limited series TMNT x Stranger Things, which brings together Eleven, Mike, Lucas, Max, Will, and Dustin from the streaming series with the classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael.

IDW Publishing first announced the crossover comic on its Twitter along with the first cover by artist Fero Pe, later revealing that Pe will also draw the interiors for the four issue limited series, which will be written by Cameron Chittock.

Here's a gallery of covers for the first issue of TMNT x Stranger Things, including the main cover by Fero Pe as well as variant covers by Jorge Corona, Jenn Woodall, Adam Gorham, Rafael Albuquerque, and Daniel Warren Johnson:

As for the story, it all starts when the kids from Hawkins take a trip to New York City, where they run into the TMNT and of course the Upside Down.

The TMNT, also inextricably linked to '90s pop culture, debuted in the '80s and quickly became one of the most popular comic book, cartoon, toy, and movie franchises of all time, defining what was tubular, awesome, and cool for a whole generation of kids.

Stranger Things is a modern throwback to the classic sci-fi movies and stories of the '80s, referencing Dungeons & Dragons, Ghostbusters, and many, many more of the series' own influences for a sort of all-in '80s setting where anything and everything that happened in the entire decade is fair game for inclusion to help build the story's nostalgic feel.

In other words, the building blocks of the TMNT x Stranger Things crossover make perfect sense.

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George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)