Okay, to be completely accurate, this news actually predates the start of New York Comic Con 2014, but might as well have been a part of it.
Per our trusty friend Dan Cunningham, who provided THIS LINK, and longtime, decades-trusty friend Dana Gabbard, who provided THIS ONE, the classic Disney comic books – by which I mean the “Core Four” of DONALD DUCK, MICKEY MOUSE, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES – and other special editions will be returning, courtesy of one of today’s best comic book publishers; IDW Publishing!
Considering my OVERALL PESSIMISM over the “Core Four” situation, following the previous Boom! Studios line that ended in 2011, I am not only surprised at the suddenness of the news, but overjoyed at WHO the publisher will be!
Over the last few years, IDW may very well be the most impressive publisher of both new and archival material, in terms of my particular tastes. …And, that also very likely means “…in terms of the particular tastes of many who follow this Blog”.
New comic book limited series for POPEYE and ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE. A reprint comic book series for POPEYE, featuring Dell Comics material by the great and vastly underrated Bud Sagendorf. Collections of the Bobby London POPEYE daily newspaper strip.
A reprint trade paperback series for ROCKY AND BULLWINKLE, containing material from the various 1960s-70s titles from Gold Key Comics. And, in conjunction with DC Comics, collections of the Golden and Silver Age SUPERMAN newspaper comic strips, and the Silver Age BATMAN newspaper comic strip.
In order to head off any potential comments by longtime (...and need I say "trusty") friend Chris Barat… While not exactly to my tastes, IDW has apparently done a superb job with the MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC franchise. To balance that off, I must also mention that they publish JUDGE DREDD!
What all this means is that, since the inception of POPEYE in 2012, I have purchased and completely enjoyed more product from IDW, than from any other comics publisher – including the “personal renaissance” I’ve experienced with DC Comics this year, over titles like THIS and THIS.
I couldn’t recommend the impressive, quality products of IDW more highly… and now they’re going to be the next publisher of the “Core Four” Disney titles!
THIS PAST MARCH, I started to become a “comics fanboy” again – fittingly thanks to products by both DC and IDW. A new line of Disney comic books, that includes DONALD DUCK, MICKEY MOUSE, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WALT DISNEY’S COMICS AND STORIES, especially one from IDW, will completely and utterly seal the deal.
As for what I would like to see from this new line, you need look no further than the LAST FOUR MONTHS of the “Core Four” Disney titles released by Boom! Studios. This, I must add, stands in direct contrast with the dreadfully wrong-headed approach they took when initially assuming the Disney license, post Gemstone.
Those last four months were just about as perfect as a contemporary, standard-format Disney comic book line could be. A healthy mix of classic tales (which now includes the work of Don Rosa) and “new-to-the-United States” modern material, guided and prepared by editorial and other creative talents that know, understand, and (most importantly) care about the characters and the books.
IDW has already demonstrated these vital qualities in the series mentioned above, and I trust they will carry this over to their Disney line!
|Do more like these! I'm confident they will!|
A great time to be a comic book fan, is about to become FAR GREATER, folks!