Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

Something Fishy Goes Down is issue 5 of the TMNT Adventures, and was published in October 1989. It is the first issue telling an original storyline instead of adapting episodes of the 1987-1996 animated series, as well as the first issue written by Dean Clarrain, a.k.a. Stephen Murphy, who became the series' lead writer.




The United States Independence Day approaches, as the Shredder tries to blow up the Statue of Liberty. The turtles are assisted by mutant manta ray Jack Finney, formerly a human working at the Burroughs Aquarium.


Fleshy horns easter egg
Man Ray easter egg
  • This is Stephen Murphy's (Dean Clarrain's) first TMNT writing credit. As he was previously famous for writing The Puma Blues, this issue contains some Easter Eggs from his previous comic.
    • When the human Jack Finney tells the Turtles about manta rays, he uses a specific hand gesture against his head to try to illustrate the ray's head appendages. This directly echos a scene in The Puma Blues where a character makes the same gesture when explaining manta rays to a woman.
    • After Finney becomes a mutant manta ray, he introduces himself as "Man Ray." This echoes a specific text phrase that appears on one of The Puma Blues' pages.
  • This issue was reprinted with a new cover and coloring by Division Comics as Aqui Hay Pez Encerrado.


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