Today DC’s Source blog announced that the publisher would be working with the Picture Window Books imprint of Capstone to produce DC Super-Pets, a series of 24 leveled chapter books launching in January of next year. Picture Window will be providing the writers, while Tiny Titans artist Art Baltazar will be illustrating.
There are a few more details at the Source post, including the titles of the first six books (no art or list of the various pets who will appear, although comics fans can probably make pretty educated guesses (Krypto and Streaky seem shoo-ins, The Red Bee’s prize bee Michael and Golden Age Airwave’s pet parrot Static are long shots).
Baltazar has been drawing pets, super and otherwise, in Tiny Titans since the title’s inception, and by this point has pretty much perfected the drawing of adorable versions of Ace The Bat-Hound and Hoppy The Marvel Bunny. (The cover above is from Tiny Titans #28, the all-Super-Pets issue).
Fans of a) DC’s super-pet characters, b) Art Baltazar’s work and c) children’s chapter books should be super-happy about this announcement. (I certainly am! Oh, the chapter books? I, um, I just read ‘em for the art, I swear!)
Earlier this year DC announced that Baltazar would be taking the Tiny Titans into prose with a pair of Grosset & Dunlap published chapter books, Tiny Titans Go Camping and Tiny Titans and the Science Fair.