TMNT (eng. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMNT, literally Teenage Mutant Turtles) is a group of fictional characters (superheroes) that is present in Publishing Mirage Studios comics, as well as any comic book adaptations. The authors of the characters are Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. The first publication with their participation was the comic "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles", issue No. 1 (May 1984). Ninja Turtles were created in November 1983, when Eastman drew a picture for a joke with the inscription "Ninja Turtle".