Archive for the ‘Ducks & Disney’ Category

As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, outside of a number of quality hardcover reprint editions of classic Donald, Scrooge, and Mickey material (that I’ve had to purchase online for the added discount given the hefty price tags) I’ve been underwhelmed with the monthly Disney comics featuring the classic Disney characters as interpreted by modern creators that Boom! Studios has been putting out. I hate to say that, but I just haven’t had the same kind of enthusiasm for these new stories that I did for the new(er) material that Gemstone was releasing alongside the classic reprints month in and month out.

That said, I have to admit that I was really glad to hear that Boom! was bringing back Duck Tales in the pages of Uncle Scrooge and was surprised when they later announced that a Darkwing Duck mini (now an ongoing series) was in the works as well and was being written by Ian Brill (a huge fan of the original animated source material). That was enough to impress me, but then this weekend they went and announced a new Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers ongoing and I could do nothing but smile. I grew up loving that classic Disney animation block and with creators at the helm that are exciting about returning to each of these characters, coupled with the quality artwork that has followed in the previews, I think its safe to say that I’ll be giving these a try in the collected format and that if they impress as much as I’m hoping they will — that I’ll happily say some good words about them here to offset some of my criticism of other aspects of the line.

Debuting in 1989, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers re-imagined Disney’s long-running chipmunk troublemakers as a detective duo, joined by a couple of mice — cheese-loving adventurer Monterey Jack and spunky inventor Gadget — and a surprisingly helpful housefly named Zipper. The show was one of Disney’s many syndicated animated hits of that era; running for 65 episodes, spawning a couple of NES games and getting 19 issues of a comic from Disney’s short-lived comic book publishing division. Twenty years later, BOOM! Studios is following up on the success of their Darkwing Duck comic and debuting a new Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers ongoing series this December, from Darkwing writer Ian Brill and with Leonel Castellani (Super Hero Squad) on art. Newsarama contacted Brill to find out if there’s still no case too big, no case too small.

You can read the rest of the interview here. And be on the lookout for Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers this December.


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We’re always looking for great Disney comic strip news here at the blog, and the news that Fantagraphics will be reprinting Floyd Gottfredson’s black & white Mickey Mouse strips in their entirety is among the best that I can bring your way:

Fantagraphics Books announced this afternoon from Comic-Con International, via Twitter, that it has partnered with Disney to publish the complete Mickey Mouse comic strips by Floyd Gottfredson, the cartoonist renowned for his defining work on the character. He is to Mickey Mouse comics what Carl Barks is to Donald Duck comics. Gottfredson was 24 years old when he was assigned to the fledgling Mickey Mouse strip in 1930, and continued to work on it for the next 45 years. During his long tenure, he introduced such characters as the miserly Eli Squinch, Mickey’s nephews Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse, Chief O’Hara and the Phantom Blot. Gottfredson retired in 1975, and passed away in 1986 at age 81.

Fantagraphics will begin releasing the collections in May 2011.

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“Life is Like a Hurricane…”

Given that the DuckTales cartoon series plays a major part in the blog’s theme, that I love Disney’s Ducks, that I grew up on the cartoon, and that I miss yacking about the adventures of Donald, Scrooge and the kids a great deal, it appears I may have some celebrating to do as Uncle Scrooge, the nephews, Launchpad and the gang will again be featured in Disney’s DuckTales.

From Boom! Studios recent press release:

One of the most action-packed Disney franchises returns to the comic page in a big way this summer from BOOM Kids! Mickey’s Mailbag has been overflowing with requests for a trip back to the world of The Disney Afternoon, and because the fans demanded it…DuckTales returns starting in UNCLE SCROOGE #392 this June.

The premiere of DuckTales in UNCLE SCROOGE #392 will appear on store shelves the same month as BOOM!’s new DARKWING DUCK mini-series that was announced this past weekend.

‘DuckTales is one of the most beloved television shows of the ‘90s,’ said BOOM Kids! editor Aaron Sparrow. “It’s just spectacular to be bringing it back for a whole new generation to discover and enjoy!’

The fun begins in UNCLE SCROOGE #392, as BOOM Kids! kicks off the four-issue arc, ‘Like a Hurricane!’  Fans of both the groundbreaking animated series and the classic Carl Barks comics it was based on will delight at the chance to get their hands on these stories, never before seen in the United States, that are coupled with some old favorites printed at the time of the original television series.

Non-stop adventure is what’s in store when Uncle Scrooge is accompanied by his nephews, plus the unpredictable Lauchpad McQuack! Add in some super-heroics from the amazing Gizmoduck, and you have a recipe for an epic good time!

The first Duck Tales arc starting in UNCLE SCROOGE #392 includes scripts by veteran Disney writers Paul Halas, Tom Anderson, Didier le Bornec, Chris Weber, Karen Willson, Doug Murray and Régis Maine with outstanding art by modern masters Xavier Vives Mateu, José Maria Carreras, Roberto Santillo, Cosme Quartieri, Wanda Gattino, and José Cardona Blasi.

UNCLE SCROOGE #392 contains the first installments of the ‘Like a Hurricane!’ saga entitled ‘The Everlasting Coal’ which is written by Paul Halas & Tom Anderson, with interior art by Xavier Vives Mateu. UNCLE SCROOGE #392 also includes the classic backup ‘The Littlest Gizmoduck’ written by Chris Weber and Karen Willson with interiors by Roberto Santillo. This kick-off issue features two covers in a 50/50 split by Michel Nadorp and Magic Eye Studios and carries a cover price of $2.99 and ships this June.

I gotta tell you that I’m really glad to hear this. That said, I have temper my enthusiasm a little. With a few exceptions, and with all due respect, I’ve not been extremely impressed with Boom! Studios handling of the Duck license thus far, but I certainly want to enjoy the line again so DuckTales (in the pages of Uncle Scrooge) is definitely something that I’ll plan on trying given my enthusiasm for the endeavor and that they’re as willing to try and make it succeed. If it’s something I find I can enjoy, expect more in the months to come.

Also, love that cover!

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It’s been awhile since I’ve had some Disney news to share (as thus far I have to admit that I’ve been a little underwhelmed with Boom’s! Disney material) but being that I’ve always enjoyed Donald, Scrooge, Mickey and the Gang’s Christmas stories a great deal — as made famous in their Christmas Parade collections of yester-year — I’m hoping for good things in this collection. That said, I’m going to have to take a page from Scrooge’s book and bemoan that $24.99 cover price!
Anyhow, here’s what Boom! Studios has to say about the collection:
Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics Hardcover

Writer(s): Al Taliaferro , Carl Barks, Don Gunn, Jack Hannah, Romano Scarpa
Artist(s): Al Taliaferro , Carl Barks, Don Gunn, Jack Hannah, Romano Scarpa, Walt Kelly

Don’t be a Scrooge McDuck this Christmas season! It’s the perfect present! BOOM! Kids has raided the Disney publishing archives and searched every nook and cranny this Christmas season to find the best and the greatest stories from Disney’s vast comic book publishing history for this “best of” compilation — Disney’s universally appealing characters starring in stories written and drawn by creators who are legends in the field! A timeless classic from the world’s most iconic characters that should be on every shelf, Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics are an essential this holiday season for family fun! 6.625 X 10.187, 112 pgs, FC, HC
ISBN13: 978-1-60886-548-2

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M_296Newsarama has a 14-page preview of Boom’s Mickey Mouse & Friends #296 for anyone who’s been curious as to what lays in store. I know I’ve been waiting for them to release more information on their first Donald, Scrooge & Mickey related issues so be sure to follow the jump for the pages.

Author(s): Stefano Ambrosio
Artist(s): Lorenzo Pastrovicchio

First BOOM! Kids issue! One of the longest-lived, most-successful comic book series in the industry’s history comes to BOOM! and brings a little magic — presenting Wizards of Mickey! Student of the great wizard Grandalf, Mickey Mouse hails from the humble village of Miceland. Allying himself with Donald Duck (who has a pet dragon named Fafnir) and team mate Goofy, Mickey’s come to the great tournament to get his revenge on Peg Leg Pete, who has stolen the Rain Crystal from Miceland! Join Mickey Mouse and his friends on an epic tale of magic and wonder! Join BOOM! Kids for a whole new epoch in Disney publishing!

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scrooge-side_12No doubt you’ve already heard the news that the Walt Disney Company has purchased Marvel Entertainment (to the tune of $4 billion), and while I’m not quite sure just how I want to react to the news just yet — given that both DC and Warner Bros. have an awful lot of successes following their merger and that this could potentially go the same route — what I am interested in at the moment is how this effects the Disney-related comics currently being published by Boom! Studios, as Newsarama pointed out in their article this morning:

The acquisition also calls into question the relationship between Disney and BOOM! Studios, the publisher who acquired the comic book license for Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck from Disney earlier this year.

Disney could certainly choose to remain with Boom! but I have to wonder if that’s as viable a strategy in the long term given the vast creative control, resources and exposure they would have through Marvel Publishing? Seems they’d be tying a hand behind their backs if they didn’t take advantage of the new brand to produce their own comics as well. Time will tell, so stay tuned for more on how this effects our favorite Duckburg residents…

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While I’m hoping for official announcements, and a little hype for these titles from Boom! Studios in the weeks to come, here’s what Diamond has to offer by way of classic Disney titles for the August ’09 Previews catalog:

(W) Bruno Enna (A) Donald Soffritti
The Quack is back in this first BOOM! Kids issue! He’s no double “o” seven, he’s Double Duck! Donald shows us his dashing, adventurous side as a secret agent on a mission to stop a dangerous ice-melting machine and save the world from rising oceans! This is a Donald Duck like you’ve never seen! A brand-new start at a brand new company for one of the world’s most iconic characters and longest-lived, most-published comic book series! (C: 1-0-0)
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Don Rosa
Greed is good! BOOM! Kids proudly collects The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck in a gorgeous hardcover collection like nothing you’ve ever seen before. These stories, written and drawn by legendary cartoonist Don Rosa, chronicle Scrooge McDuck’s fascinating life. See how Scrooge earned his “Number One Dime” and began to build his fortune! An Eisner Award-winning in its original publication.
HC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $24.99

(W) Stefano Ambrosio (A) Lorenzo Pastrovicchio
The epic “Wizards of Mickey” tale continues! Student of the great wizard Grandalf, Mickey Mouse hails from the humble village of Miceland. Allying himself with Donald Duck (who has a pet dragon named Fafnir) and teammate Goofy, Mickey quests to find a magical crown that will give him mastery over all spells! Join BOOM! Kids for a whole new era in Disney publishing! (C: 0-0-1)
SC, 24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Various
You will feel the need for Greed! Follow the adventures of everyone’s favorite feathered penny pincher! An all-new direction for icon Uncle Scrooge, as he comes to BOOM! Kids. Building on a tradition created by some of the greatest creators the comic book world has ever seen, like Carl Barks and Don Rosa, these issues of Uncle Scrooge will follow Scrooge on new adventures that North American audiences have never seen!  Join us in a bold new era for Scrooge that pays tribute to the past but heads to a new future!
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

(W/A) Various
Don’t be a Scrooge McDuck this Christmas season!  It’s the perfect present! BOOM! Kids has raided the Disney publishing archives and searched every nook and cranny this Christmas season to find the best and the greatest stories from Disney’s vast comic book publishing history for this “best of” compilation. A timeless classic from the world’s most iconic characters that should be on every shelf, Walt Disney’s Christmas Classics are an essential this holiday season for family fun!  Featuring artists such as Carl Barks, Walt Kelly, Daan Jippes, Floyd Gottfredson, and legions more!
HC, 7×10, 112pgs, FC    SRP: $24.99

(W) Riccardo Secchi (A) Stefano Turconi
The third longest-running comic book series in Direct Market history hits its 700th issue! Right behind Detective and Action Comics, and logging more issues than Captain America, Amazing Spider-Man, or Thor, Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories enters a bold new era at BOOM! Kids with a bang! Featuring a brand new team of super-heroes culled from Disney’s Mickey and Donald universe come adventure with The Duck Avenger, Super Goofy, and the man Mickey himself! (C: 0-0-1)
24pgs, FC    SRP: $2.99

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