Earlier this afternoon, Marvel announced Disney•Pixar Presents, a 96-page magazine featuring comics starring characters from Disney/Pixar films including Toy Story, The Incredibles and Cars. Ross Richie, CEO & publisher of previous Pixar license-holder BOOM! Studios, sent Newsarama official comment on the news:
“The team over at Marvel is some of the best in comics publishing — Dan, Joe, Axel, and Tom are great at what they do, and I’m sure the characters will be in excellent hands. I certainly love the material they’re collecting from our CARS: RALLY RACE graphic novel. Landy Walker and Marcio Takara were unable to finish their last arc of THE INCREDIBLES so I hope Marvel’s able to complete the story, I for one would love to read it. Working with Disney and Pixar was a highlight in my 6 years of BOOM! publishing. Those are some great folks! Meanwhile, Mickey, Donald and Darkwing fans can look forward to some great stories from BOOM Kids! and all the BOOM Kids! fans need not fret — BOOM Kids! 2.0 is right around the corner.”
Cars: Rally Race was published in collected edition form by BOOM! in May of last year, and originally appeared in print as Cars #0-3 in early 2010. Though Marvel did not explicitly state that they were reprinting BOOM! material in their press release, the statement disclosed that the magazine would be “a mix of brand new stories, classic adventures,” and the creative team and concept mentioned by the publisher match that of Cars: Rally Race. Newsarama’s Vaneta Rogers interviewed writer Alan Porter in an article published in January 2010.
Richie’s allusion to “Mickey, Donald and Darkwing” appears to confirm that, for the time being, BOOM!’s non-Pixar Disney licenses — which include currently ongoing titles Mickey Mouse and Friends, Donald Duck and Friends and Darkwing Duck — are unaffected by today’s news.
BOOM!’s Disney/Pixar licensed comics launched in 2008, and announced the acquisition of the Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck license in June 2009. Disney announced their acquisition of Marvel in late August 2009. Despite that, BOOM!’s licensed Disney comics remained largely unaffected until the cancellation of previously solicited Pixar titles last month. The first Disney product published by Marvel following the acquisition was Tron: The Betrayal, a limited series that debuted in October and tied-in to last December’s Tron: Legacy feature film.