Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were probably the biggest phenomenon in self-publishing of the 1980s, coming from nowhere to become a multi-media empire that you couldn’t get away from in a few short years. The original book is actually quite a bit different from the more mainstream version of the characters, and I’ve enjoyed the bits of it I’ve read, both by the original creators and several of those who came in later.
Couple of amusing little Bean references in TMNT #15 from 1988. In the story, by Peter Laird and Jim Lawson, the Turtles visit a comic book shop, and one of them scores a great find:
And on the back cover there’s a painting of Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird and their creations in a very cluttered studio, full of great stuff including some artwork on the wall, such as this:
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Slightly more nebulous, but the robotic villains of the story, seen below, have certain design elements which suggest Marder style Beans.
The in-story reference is presumably present on the many reprints this story has likely seen in the last two decades. I don’t know if the back cover has ever been reprinted.
Thanks to Bean Spotter extraordinaire Shield Bonnichsen for pointing these out and providing the scans.