Has Boom! Lost Another Disney License?

ICv2 is reporting

It appears that BOOM! Studios has stopped soliciting for new issues of its Kaboom! titles based on Classic Disney properties such as Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories.

They base this on the next Diamond Previews (for titles releasing in July) not containing any listings for these titles, and the Boom! website no longer having subscription listings for those titles. ICv2 continues:

BOOM! is continuing to solicit (at least for now) for its titles based on Disney Afternoon properties such as Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and Ducktales. A BOOM! spokesperson declined to comment on any questions related to its Disney titles.

Now that Disney has its own comic publisher, it’s not surprising that the licenses are continuing to come back in house, following the Pixar and Muppet comics. And it’s also not surprising that a big corporation would let a smaller company do all their R&D in opening and demonstrating the potential of a market, only to decide that they’d be the ones to exploit that market once the hard work has been done and customers established.

6 Responses to “Has Boom! Lost Another Disney License?”

  1. Jer Says:

    Disney has a history at this point of waffling back and forth between licensing their properties out to smaller comics companies and bringing them back “in house” and trying to publish them themselves. So Boom hopefully knew that this was a very likely probability and planned for it when they decided to take the licenses on.

    I wonder if owning their own comics publishing company will stop the waffling between licensing out and doing it themselves. I suppose it depends on whether Marvel can figure out how to successfully market non-superhero characters to the target demographic for Disney characters or not.

  2. Johanna Says:

    True, the big question is how successful Marvel’s going to be with outreach beyond their traditional audience. They haven’t been very successful in the past, but now, they have new initiative, I imagine.

  3. Jim Kosmicki Says:

    They did the same thing to Gladstone – and the comics from Disney didn’t last long at all. Disney did publish a great Kyle Baker Dick Tracy comic, but they ended up focusing most of their effort on the Disney Adventures digest, as I recall.

    Disney has never understood publishing (Hyperion Books anyone?) – they need to stick to licensing. Marvel has never understood publishing anything but superheroes – Dennis the Menace is successful in comics for decades and Marvel ends up cancelling the book in a year. Star Comics was successful for a while with their licensed titles, but that was when Marvel could still sell on the newsstand.

  4. Chuck Munson Says:

    Oh, dear, heavens! Here we go again? Disney has proven before that they do not have the comics savvy to make a (modest) success of their own characters in comic book format. I agree that handing it to Marvel, which knows superheroes well but I suspect knows a lot less about the storied history that can be found in Disney, is probably *not* a good idea.

  5. Allan. W. Gray Says:

    I am giving up on Disney comics because I believe the Disney org is chasing it’s tail and does not know what it’s doing. As far as I’m concerned they should have left it with Gladstone as they were the best. They(Disney comp) should just stick to making films!!
    As for me, I don’t know what I will collect now…perhaps money

  6. Brian Says:

    What is it with Disney and discontinuing their comics? The above points are right.

    I think part of the problem was that Boom Studios never got the rights to the Carl Barks and Related stories. Instead, they published European stories which are not the classics. Looks like Boom is doing OK though, Gemstone, sadly, went under.

    Disney is losing many people and maybe some generations by not having Uncle Scrooge and Donald Duck in an affordable monthly comic.




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