Written by steet :
There isn't an official announcement, but all clues lead to the same conclusion...
Disney/Marvel is getting back the Disney properties for comic books.
Let me summarize everything I know.
By early 2009, Boom! announced that they got the Pixar and Muppets licences.
Then by mid-2009, they got the "Disney classics" licence.
One month later, Disney bought the Marvel company for billions of dollars...
Boom Studios was able to release Pixar and Muppets titles, until October 2010, when they stopped abruptly to release them. For a few months, Boom refused to comment on this situation, but the reason was finally made public in February 2011, when Disney/Marvel officially announced a "Disney/Pixar presents" magazine, reprinting the Cars comics that were produced at Boom! Studios. Then Boom Studios officially commented that the licence indeed moved to Marvel...
A bit later, Marvel also announced a Muppets title for July 2011, confirming the very same situation.
It happens again!
In the latest "Previews" sollicitations magazine, no Disney classics title are listed (aka no Uncle Scrooge, Walt Disney Comics & Stories, etc...), only the Disney Afternoon titles. When contacted about this, Boom! Studios refuses to comment...which clearly means they are under NDA, and more or less, confirms that Marvel is getting these properties back.
(It's definitely not a coincidence if Boom is so desperate to get non-Disney licences this year! They want to keep their "kids" brand going, even without Disney titles.)
Something's not right though : Aaron Sparrow (who worked on Darkwing Duck before leaving Boom) said that Boom has the "classic Disney characters" licence (which doesn't include TaleSpin) until June 2012. So why stopping now? And what about the Ducktales series, not yet released? The Ducktales and Uncle scrooge titles are linked with the same licence. This doesn't make sense.
So, I think it's more than probable that the Disney Afternoon titles will not go on much longer at Boom. At most, until mid-2012. Maybe they're doing an exception for them; currently, the question isn't IF Boom will cancel them, but WHEN!
It seems Boom has already removed subscriptions for the Rescue Rangers series. Which, considering this, the lower-than-Darkwing sales and the recent artists changes (probably for lowering the costs), means it should stop either at issue #8 or #12. (I can't help but think TaleSpin would have done better, considering it's more "mature" and attractive to the main audience of these books which is nostalgic adults; alas we'll probably never know...)
Greg Weisman, the main creator of Gargoyles, posted this comment on "Ask Greg" (which was removed for unkown reasons but thanks to Google Cache, is still available) :
"So here's the bad news...
As some of you may have guessed, I contacted Boom (with an assist from Peter David) at Comic-Con last summer. They were interested in publishing a Gargoyles comic book and subsequently submitted an offer to Disney for the license.
Disney did not and has not responded. Let me be clear: they didn't respond positively; they didn't respond negatively; according to Boom, they simply didn't respond to the offer at all.
This weekend, Boom informed me that given what Disney is doing with some of their other properties (I'm thinking the Pixar ones, but I can't be sure), i.e. taking them back and giving them to the now Disney-owned Marvel to publish, Boom no longer feels it makes good business sense to pursue Disney licenses. They feel that the best case scenario is that they get the license, use their resources to make the book a success - and then Disney takes it back when the license expires and gives it to Marvel.
So Boom has informed me that they are no longer interested in pursuing the Gargoyles license. Again, let me be clear: I don't blame them in the least. I appreciate their initial interest, but business is business, and this just flat-out does not make sense for Boom at this time.
So where does that leave us? Marvel, of course. I've contacted the ONE guy I know at Marvel to get his advice on how to proceed. Other interested folks are looking into other avenues with Marvel. So we'll see...
And, as always, I promise to keep you posted right here at ASK GREG..."
Now, what does this mean for TaleSpin?
THIS is the real reason why Boom! declined to pursue the TaleSpin licence : they already knew they were losing Disney publishing anyway.
I can't say if the fact Disney didn't reply to Boom's Gargoyles offer is a good sign or not. This could either mean that :
1- Disney/Marvel does not care about the Disney Afternoon licences, or
2- Disney/Marvel wants to keep these licences to themselves
I'll be positive this time and believe it's number 2 (after all, Darkwing is a pretty successful title "for a kids comic", actually the 2nd best selling "kids" comics just behind Sonic)
In a way, this is good news because it gives a *slight* hope we may see a TaleSpin comic from Marvel.
But probably not soon...Even if Marvel decides to publish Disney Aternoon series (which wouldn't be before one year or so), they would probably do reprints of the Boom! titles instead of original content, just like they're doing for Pixar and Muppets.
Also, the reason Marvel is releasing Cars and Muppets comics is to make them tie-ins with the respective movies coming out this year. And as far as I know, there's no new "Disney Afternoon" show or movie coming anytime soon.
Still, a better hope than nothing.
This is clear : forget about Boom Studios. (Keep buying their Disney stuff of course, but as far as TaleSpin is concerned, it's over)
If we want to see some new (canon) TaleSpin adventures someday, we need to contact both Disney and Marvel, and let them know there's money to make!
My idea : If I were in charge of Marvel publishing, I would do a single monthly "Disney Afternoon" anthology comic book, with both original content and reprints, mixing the popular Disney Afternoon shows. (and make it around 60 pages for around $6)
What do you think, would that work? What would you do if you could publish Disney Afternoon titles?
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