Posts Tagged ‘Disney’

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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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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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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Donald Barks HD1What interesting times these be.  From Rich Johnston’s final Lying in the Gutter’s column:

I understand that Boom Studios has won the comic book license for “Walt Disney Comics And Stories,” “Mickey Mouse And Friends,” “Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck,” “Donald Duck” and more.

Boom has recently shown much promise with its well received Disney Pixar and “Muppet Show” comic books, and this seems reward for its efforts.  Both titles were previously published by Steve Geppi’s Gemstone, a publisher that has been seen to be suffering of late.  Expect to see this reflected in solicitations shortly.

I hate to see Gemstone lose the Disney license, I really do as I thought they were great stewards, but I’m far more interested in seeing Disney titles on stands for new and old fans alike and reading them month in and month out myself, particularly if they can receive the same kind of care and attention to detail that have helped them stand the test of time, while working their way into the hearts of millions…”thousands even” for decades. Gemstone had a great run and I would be ungrateful if I didn’t say “thanks” for so many great memories. All the best in their future endeavors (!) and I hope that the news about BOOM! obtaining the license is true, but that if not, Donald and the gang will eventually find a worthwhile place to call home.

Stay tuned for more info. as it breaks, the place hasn’t quite been the same without the residents of Duckburg stopping by regularly and hopefully that’ll change real soon!?

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I received an unexpected invite last night to see Race to Witch Mountain with my nieces (which pleasantly surprised me…and did you catch the cameo’s of the original Witch Mountain “kids”?) and prior to the movies start the theater audience was treated to a new preview of Pixar’s 10th animated feature film UP, which was a real hit with everyone in the crowd, ourselves included.  Hopefully that’s just another sign of good things to come and that Pixar has succeeded in creating yet another timeless feature.  The animation is mind blowing — just take a quick gander at the official site and the “Upisodes” there on an HD monitor — watch the screen-size extended previews and try not to marvel at just how far, and how crisp, computer animation has come.

The official synopsis:

Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. “Up” takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer — look “Up.”

UP really does appear to be a lot of fun, it looks to be a bright, refreshing, change of pace from the dreary around us and it finally hits screens at a (3-D) theater near you on May 29th.

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Just wanted to remind everyone that it’s a big week for Gemstone comics with the release of Uncle Scrooge #377, Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories #692, and the hefty Vacation Parade Vol. 5!

I always look forward to the Vacation anthology and here’s what we’re getting this round:

“In a feature-length Carl Barks classic, Uncle Scrooge’s zoo is a home for the world’s rarest animals… and that’s why he sends Donald and Gladstone Gander overseas on the danger-filled “Trail of the Unicorn!” Then it’s Scrooge and the Beagle Boys who are on an exotic treasure trek in Kari Korhonen’s “Treasure Treachery!” Floyd Gottfredson presents “Minnie’s Lucky Day” at a vacation funfair, while Fethry Duck overprotects nature from campers in Dick Kinney’s and Al Hubbard’s “Preserve Psychiatry!” This giant summer annual concludes with “The Seven-Colored Terror,” a much-requested 1943 vacation adventure by famed Disney animator Ken Hultgren!”

[Edit: According to David Gerstein, of Gemstone Comics, the story contents are different than this solicitation: “So what got changed? The Gottfredson and Hultgren stories got replaced, in the end, with an even more heavily demanded Mickey story, Lee Nordling’s and Stephen DeStefano’s two-part “Big Fall”/”Phantom Blot Bedtime Story” from Disney Comics’ MMA 7-8. We’ll include “Seven-Colored Terror” next year instead…”]

Thanks for the update Dave!

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