Jun 2, 2008
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) originated in an American comic book published by Mirage Studios in 1984. The concept arose from a sketch done by Kevin Eastman during a casual evening of brainstorming with his 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 80s: Daredevil, New Mutants, Cerebus and Ronin.
Raphael, the team's anti-social bad boy, has an aggresive nature and seldom hesitates to throw the first punch. He is intensely loyal to his brothers and sensei. Raphael wears a red mask and weilds a pair of sai. He is named after the artist Raphael Santi.