Steve Lavigne

Steve Lavigne

Steve Lavigne at the 2009 San Diego Comic Convention.
Born (1962-09-22) September 22, 1962
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer, Penciller, Artist, Letterer, Colourist
Notable works
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Steve Lavigne (born September 22, 1962) is an American comic book illustrator best known for his lettering and coloring on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles title for Mirage Studios. He is the creator of Cudley the Cowlick, Sgt. Bananas, and Stump and Sling.


Lavigne attended Westbrook High School in Westbrook, Maine with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman.[1]

He inked the backup story in the 1989 collected Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Lavigne, along with fellow Mirage Studios artist Ryan Brown, illustrated the artwork seen on the vast majority of officially licensed Turtles merchandise. The team of Lavigne Brown produced Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles art for Burger King, Pez, Konami, New Line Cinema, Colorforms, and Playmates Toys among many others.

Lavigne was a participant in the drafting of the Creators' Bill of Rights.

He is also the basis for the character of Michaelangelo, one of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, according to TMNT co-creator Kevin Eastman.

He currently lives in Wells, Maine with wife Denise and children Cooper, Gracie and Jackson.

Steve currently works as a freelance illustrator and does occasional work for Mirage Studios. In July 2007, he also released a self-published book Shine Like A Lighthouse, written by Tim Janis, illustrated by Steve.

Established in June 2012, Steve owns Shellback Artworks on Rt 1 in Wells Maine. His shop has art supplies, comics, toys, and a comic art gallery. The shop features all four life sized ninja turtle figures and a TMNT pinball machine.


  1. Mcdermott, Deborah (December 8, 2012). "'Ninja Turtles' artist shares 'mind-blowing' story". Seacoast Online. Retrieved February 24, 2013.


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