A look into Disney Cartoon Comics Part I : Modern Covers
A look into Disney Cartoon Comics
Part I : Modern Covers
Greetings from the desert fellow CBSI members. Disney comics have been around the better part of eight decades. When Marvel was bought by Disney in 2009, the presidence had already with the mouse house being a player in this arena.
Disney Comics was a comic book publishing company operated by The Walt Disney Company which ran from April 1990 to May 1993. W. D. Publications, Inc., which was a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company that published “Disney Comics” during that time span.
W. D. created Disney Comics in 1990 so that The Walt Disney Company would not have to rely on outside publishers such as Gladstone Publishing. In the USA, Disney only licensed their comic books to other publishers prior to 1990.
Following the demise of the Disney Comics line, Disney went back to licensing out their properties to various US comics publishers, while continuing to publish comics in the since-defunct magazines Disney Adventures and Disney Adventures Comic Zone, as well as numerous book projects. They eventually reentered the periodical comics market through their 2009 purchase of Marvel Entertainment (though most Disney comics are instead currently licensed to IDW Publishing and Joe Books).
Here’s a good overview of some of the main Disney characters and their publishers throughout the years as reference:
With this brief history, let’s take a look at the Modern books including the key covers and variants. There has always been a strong niche market for these books, but as of late there has been some real movement of these comics. Is it the impending launch of Disney+? Perhaps. So without further ado, here are some of the highlights and popular cartoon series published in the Modern era.
1994 – 1995
Beauty and the Beast
Comic Book Adaptation
1994 – 1995
Big Hero 6
Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers
1990 – 1991
Donald Duck Avengers
Lion King 1994
Official Comic Adaptation
Roger Rabbit Toontown
Ghost in the machine
HTF & Ratio Variants
One for the Foreign collectors…
Oh and how cool is this premise?!
X-Mickey is a comic series that ran in Italy in 2002 for 30 issues. It focuses on the adventures of Mickey Mouse into an alternate world of the supernatural being assisted by a Goofy-like werewolf named Pipwolf and an albino mouse named Manny.
Seriously, I can’t wait to check out as they are being translated to be read on the Disney app!
One final item for this piece is the popular Disney Adventures magazines. These were a monthly magazine published by The Walt Disney Company from 1990 to 2007. It was targeted mainly at grade-school kids, but contained items of general interest to fans of Disney productions, as well as fans of various entertainment. A regular feature of the magazine throughout its run was comic book stories. In addition, as early as 1993, Disney Adventures also included independent comics with little to no relation to the Walt Disney Company itself. These included such comics as LEGO comics, and Jeff Smith’s Bone.
Here are some examples:
Here’s a few of the Australian covers too!
Starting from the May 1992 issue, the comics were consolidated into a single section, labeled the Disney Adventures: Comic Zone in the January 1995 issue.
Finally, in 2012 they relaunched another magazine titled Disney Comic Zone
Well that’s all for this week folks! I will be back soon with a follow up Disney Cartoon Comics part II looking at older books that truly have a piece of nostalgia tied to each and every one!