Some TMNT stuff was always meant for grownups.
- Major characters: Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, Splinter
- Originally published in: Shell Shock
- Cover date: December, 1989
- Page count: 4
The Turtles are practicing their skills by trying to find Splinter in Central Park. Splinter meets a young man sleeping on a park bench, who feels that he has no future because he can't read. Splinter helps the man take hold of his life and suggest that he goes back to studying.
- Shell Shock was published to help raise money to help literacy programs. This is the only story which directly addresses the topic.