In addition to their beloved animated films, Disney actually has a long and storied history with comic books. Mickey Mouse comics have been produced as far back as 1933. The popular 1987-1990 Disney TV series DuckTales was itself based on the classic Uncle Scrooge comics by Carl Barks.
Over the years, various Disney titled have been published by a number of different comic book companies. In 2009, Disney purchased Marvel Comics for $4 billion. Marvel has taken over publication of comic books based on Star Wars and other Disney properties. However, the core animated and live-action movies from Walt Disney Studios have gone a different direction.
In 2014, the small Canadian comic book company Joe Books acquired the rights to Disney’s various film and television properties. Since then, they’ve been publishing several highly regarded monthly titles. Unless you’re already a comic book reader, though, you and your children might not even be aware of these new comics.
Here’s a look at five of the most popular monthly Disney titles from Joe Books:
Disney Princess is a monthly anthology title featuring multiple stories per issue. Different princesses are spotlighted each issue. The comic is a mix of long-form, multi-page stories and short, newspaper-style comic strips.
Boom! Studios previously published a Darkwing Duck series from 2010-2011. When Boom!’s vice president, Adam Fortier, left to found Joe Books, he brought Darkwing Duck with him. The new comic book picks up where the old one left off. It even features the return of writer Aaron Sparrow and artist James Silvani.
Couldn’t get enough of this summer’s Disney/Pixar hit, Finding Nemo? You’re in luck! Joe Books’ Finding Dory comic features all-new adventures with Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and the rest of the cast from both Finding Nemo and Finding Dory.
Three years after it was released, Frozen is still as popular as ever. Older fans continue to watch the movie over and over, while younger fans are just discovering “Let it Go” for the first time. There’s a sequel on the way in the next few years, but what are fans to do in the meantime? Easy — Joe Books has a monthly title featuring all-new adventures with Princess Anna, Queen Elsa, Kristoff, Sven, and of course, Olaf.
Pirates of the Caribbean
Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow next summer in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. In the meantime, though, you can check out all-new tales with the famous pirate every month.
Other Disney Comic Books
Joe Books is also publishing a monthly comic based on the Disney XD series Star vs. the Forces of Evil. They’ve also recently launched a new series based on Disney/Pixar’s Cars series. In addition, they’ve done several “cinestory” comics based on Disney films. Cinestory comics use actual still frames from the movie instead of comic book panels.
Be sure to support your local comic book shop and check out these new Disney comics today!