In this post I share an illustration of the beautiful April O'Neil, the damsel in distress who always needed the help of our four heroes. Like me, probably many of you were also in love with this character when you were kids, or maybe now you are, with the portrayal of Megan Fox. In addition, I will also talk a little about the origins of this character and his evolution through the different versions of the ninja turtles.
Mirage Comics (1984)
In the original comic book story, April was an expert computer programmer. And she began her job as a laboratory assistant to Dr. Baxter Stockman, whom she helped program his Mouser robots. But when she discovered that Stockman was using the Mousers to dig into bank vaults and rob them of money, she attempted to flee the laboratory to report him. Running for her life with several Mousers behind, she escaped through the sewers. And when it looked like she would be caught by the Mousers, the turtles met her and saved her life. They then took her to their den, where she would meet Splinter and he would tell her about the origin of the turtles. With her new friends, she returned to Stockman's laboratory and they managed to defeat him. Over time and as the series progressed, she became the primary link between the turtles and the outside world.
In this version they changed April's profession, now she was a television reporter working for Channel 6 News. And the way she met the turtles was similar to the one in the comic, only in this case she was doing a report on a series of thefts of high-tech scientific equipment, apparently carried out by a ninja. It was actually Shredder, who was gathering equipment to use in the Technodrome. And one night April was on the streets investigating the robberies, she was attacked by a gang of punks (where Bebop and Rocksteady were found, still in their human form). To escape, April slipped into the sewers, but the gangsters followed her until they managed to corner her. In the same way as in the comic, the turtles appeared and rescued her by beating the gang. They also took her with Splinter, where he told her about the origin of the turtles. In this version, in addition to being the link between the turtles and the outside world, she also became their spokesperson. In most episodes she tried to convince New Yorkers that turtles were not a threat to the city.
Here April was a 16 year old teenager. And she met the turtles when she and her father were attacked by The Kraang. At first she was afraid of them, but Donatello convinced her that they were there to help her. However, they were unable to fight effectively, which resulted in Kraang managing to kidnap April and her father. After regrouping, the turtles went to their rescue, where they finally managed to save April, but The Kraang took her father. Although April was safe, she was very angry about her father's kidnapping, and was determined to rescue him. The turtles promised to help her retrieve it, and since then, April became good friends with the turtles. In addition, over time and with a lot of training, she became part of the team of our ninja heroes.
Films (Paramount 2014)
In the latest movie series, April has known turtles since she was a child. When her father used turtles and Splinter (even in their natural form) as test subjects for his mutagen experiments. And April took care of them like her pets, giving them pizza occasionally as a prize. But when her father's lab was destroyed, she rescued the turtles and Splinter by placing them in the sewers. As time passes, April becomes a television reporter who worked for Channel 6 News. And while investigating a series of chemical thefts, she witnessed how the turtles foiled a new attempted robbery by the Foot Clan. After hearing the names of the turtles, she realized that they were the same creatures her father experimented with long ago.
Rise of the TMNT
In this version, it is the first time that April is represented as an African American person. And at the beginning of the series they imply that she has known the turtles for several years. In addition, not only did they change her physical appearance, but also her personality is completely different from previous versions, here April is much braver, daring and irreverent.
Did you know that in the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic it was revealed that April is actually a cartoon that came to life with the help of Kirby's crystal?
All this is revealed when April investigates her true origin, since long ago she had discovered that she was not the biological daughter of her father. And with the help of Renet (a sorceress and time traveler), she traveled into the past. Where she discovers that her father had created her, first by drawing her, and then making her come alive with the help of Kirby's crystal. As is known, the drawings that Kirby makes with his pencil, and later come to life thanks to his crystal, disappear after a short time. But in this case, April's father used a pen, perhaps this explains why April has lived more than thirty years. As expected, all of this caused an existential crisis for April. Which led her to take a spiritual trip to Alaska.
Although this was the story that was used in the original Mirage Comic, in no other version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has this same origin been used for the April character.
I was missing some versions to mention, but I just wanted to talk about the most important ones and in which the character had a drastic change. It is all for today, I hope you enjoy the illustration and remember, if you like my work please share it on your social networks.