I've been an officially credited dialogue creator for these comics since 2006 and, peripherally to one small extent or another, a minor party to the process longer than that. In view of this, I must say that finding my name on the cover of issues I've contributed to, with the coming of IDW, is both a new and flattering experience.
So, when something happens that in any way modifies this, I find it worth noting.
This past Saturday (January 09, 2016), to mark the first signs of the passing of my (all together now...) "horrifically busy period", I picked up the three Disney comic book titles from IDW.
They were previously thought to look like this...
But, instead, they looked like this!
Let's "compare a pair" of these covers, shall we?
Oddly, the IDW logo has become SMALLER.
But, in comparison, the issue number, and the legacy issue number have become considerably larger.
Now, I don't know about diminishing the size of your publisher branding - especially when a publisher has AS MUCH TO BE PROUD OF as IDW. Golly, it's not as if they were Charlton, or sumpthin'!
But, I DO like the greater prominence of the issue number. In a world where alternate covers abound, the issue number becomes all the more important when rifling through a back-issue-bin for that one issue you missed. You may not recognize the cover but, with this large an issue number, you'll know immediately if it's an issue you need... or already have!
The CREATOR CREDITS have also moved - from the upper left side beneath the IDW logo, issue numbers, and price, to the TOP CENTER of the cover! ...Above the name of "Walt Disney", in fact! Though in a smaller font.
Now, this would seem to allow for a greater number of creators to be listed, as you can see the names of Carlo Chendi, Lars Jensen, and Francisco Rodriguez Peinado have been added to the DONALD DUCK cover...
...And Wilfred Haughton, Jack Bradbury, and Yours Truly have been added to the MICKEY MOUSE COVER!
Yet, strangely, the name of Bob Ogle was not added to the cover of WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES -- and Tony Strobl, who WAS on the earlier version, is omitted from this one!
Ogle's absence is a particular shame, as I believe he was only credited in one American Disney comic prior to this - Disney Comics Album # 8 "Super Goof: The World's Silliest Super-Hero", the text introduction for which just happened to be my own first professional credit!
Click to enlarge text excerpt and credits.
Another thing... apparently sometimes, as in the case of this Alternate Cover to MICKEY MOUSE # 8, the creator credits are MOVED TO THE BOTTOM of the cover!
At least we're a bit more properly positioned in relation to the name of Mr. Disney!
The fact that is is an alternate (or "Sub Cover") is also more clearly identified.
The only mystery remaining is why this did not apply to UNCLE SCROOGE # 10 - also a January, 2016 release. Wouldn't you have expected ALL releases for the month to exhibit this change in cover format?
So, what say you all about the new covers? Our Comments Section is always open!