It’s understandable that after more than 75 years of existence, Marvel would be full of easter eggs, trivia and scarcely-known tidbits.
Passing over what's common knowledge and focusing on lesser-known information, these are the 20 most insane facts found in and behind the pages of Marvel comics...
20. Daredevil And The Ninja Turtles Came From The Same Accident
Matt Murdock was famously blinded when he pushed an old man out of the path of a speeding truck carrying radioactive waste. But the story didn’t end there, at least if you ask Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird that is. In 1983, they imagined a scenario where the truck kept going, the radiation colliding with another bystander, who happened to be carrying four baby turtles that subsequently fell into the sewer. Thus, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were born.
The fact that both properties are owned by different companies means that this connection cannot be officially made canon. That doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been widely accepted as truth, however. The nods to Daredevil’s mythology are plentiful in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ universe. Whether it be their master Splinter being an obvious nod to Stick or the evil ninja clan being called The Foot as opposed to Daredevil’s The Hand.
Considering the level of fame that the Ninja Turtles would go on to develop, it’s impressive that such a pop culture behemoth essentially came out of a fun nod towards another comic.