10. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

“Cowabunga!” Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird were just goofing on comic-book trends in the early 1980s when they cooked up the idea for these heroes on the half-shell and, well, now they’re rich. Comics, cartoons, toys, live-action TV shows and films, video games and all sorts of merchandise have turned the pizza-loving Michaelangelo, Donatello, Raphael and Leonardo into iconic adventure heroes for several generations of young fans. Did you know? There was Turtles concert tour in 1990 that featured guys in costumes singing songs; it kicked off at Radio City Music Hall.
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