Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.
Credo is a backup story published in Tales of the TMNT volume 2 issue 33: The Bait. It takes concurrently to the events of TMNT volume 1 issue 11: True Stories, in which Donatello finds a typewriter in the Jones Farm attic and writes his own journal.
- Fluffy Brockleton (cameo)
- Gosei Hattori (cameo)
- Hamato Splinter (cameo)
- Professor Honeycutt / Fugitoid (cameo)
- Casey Jones (cameo)
- April O'Neil (cameo)
- Renet (cameo)
- Gizmo Sprocket (cameo)
- Baxter Stockman (cameo)
- Utroms (cameo)
Donatello recalls some of the memories of his life's experiences as he types a journal entry on the typewriter. He types most of it in all capital letters.
- I'M NOT REALLY SURE HOW TO START OUT HERE. MICHELANGELO, MY BROTHER, IS MORE THE FAMILY WRITER. LEO'S THE LEADER. AND RAPH'S THE FIGHTER. AS FOR ME, I'VE NEVER BEEN ENTIRELY SURE... MAYBE I'M THE THINKER.
- ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I DIDN'T LEARN IN KINDERGARDEN BECAUSE I DIDN'T GET TO GO TO KINDERGARDEN. BUT I HAVE LEARNED MY LESSONS, FROM OTHER TEACHERS, BOTH GOOD AND BAD. AS WELL AS AT SOME OTHER... MAJOR INSTITUTIONS. WHAT WAS IT THAT STEINBECK SAID? ABOUT THE BEST LAID PLANS OF MICE AND MEN. AND MUTANTS... AND ALIENS...
- BUT STILL. HERE'S THE ESSENCE OF ALL THAT I'VE LEARNED, SO FAR HERE ON EARTH. A DISTILLATION OF FACTS THAT GET CARRIED WITH ME DAILY, AND I STRIVE TO REMEMBER NO MATTER WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING, OR THAT I MIGHT BE DOING. OR TRYING TO DO, AT LEAST.
- OUR WORLD IS FULL OF MODELS, SYMBOLS. WE MOSTLY LEARN FROM THE NATURAL WORLD.
- EVERYTHING INCREDIBLE BEGAN AS ELEMENTAL. SHOULDN'T THERE BE A BETTER WORD FOR THE OPPOSITE OF "CONFLICT?" SHOULDN'T THERE BE A "PROFLICT?" IN THE END, TRUE FRIENDS COME IN ALL SHAPES AND SIZES.
- AND PRACTICE DOESN'T MAKE PERFECT! PERFECT PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. BUT WHEN A LESSON BECOMES AN OBSESSION, MOST OF ITS BENEFITS ARE LOST.
- IN THE END, WE SHOULD NEVER STOP LEARNING, NEVER STOP GROWING, WE SHOULD ALWAYS KEEP GOING, BECOMING MORE OF WHOEVER WE ULTIMATELY ARE. THE WRITER RICHARD BACH SAYS, "HERE IS A TEST TO FIND WHETHER YOUR MISSION ON EARTH IS FINISHED: IF YOU'RE ALIVE, IT ISN'T." THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE. AND THAT'S WHY I WROTE THIS.
- This is the soul of all that I know.
- At 16-years old, this is my credo.
- The End
February 18, 1987
- With Donatello providing his age of 16 and dating the letter at February 18, 1987, it implies he and his brothers were born or mutated sometime between February 19, 1970 and February 18, 1971, which would make them 49 or 50 years old today.