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Wednesday February 10th releases

I failed in my duty to you guys last week. I apologize. I thought I would have more free time than it turned out I did. No big. I actually did do half of what I said I would and read some books. I’m getting closer and closer to doing what I have to to make this blog even remotely useful.

Here’s the weeks books!

Boom Kids!

Muppet King Arthur!

Boom is permitted to keep churning these out as long as they’re good. Peter Pan was an improvement over . . .what was the first one? That’s the kind of research I do. But Peter Pan was better than that. Let’s hope this is awesomer.
The Muppet Show Comic Book

I hope Ryan (former? cohost of Comics Playground and all around huge muppets fan) is reading this.

Walt Disney Comics and Stories

I was asking what was going to happen to this title since the super heroes got their own book, and this is the answer. Mickey epics. I’m totally down for that.

Johnny DC

Scooby Doo #153

This book is on 153 issues. Just stop and think about that. That’s 153 different ghosts, ghouls, goblins, monsters, or whatever they’ve unmasked. That’s cool. I’m about six issues behind on this title, but I’ll get to it and love every single one.

Super Friends #24

Mad Scientists convention! No super friends allowed. I’m cool with that.

Marvel Comics

Super Hero Squad #2

The first issue was like a slice of the show.  At least this book is decently affordably priced. Not so much for the next book on this list.

Tails of the Pet Avengers

Woah guys. $3.99? Let’s slow our roll a little bit. I really enjoyed the first series “Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers.”


February 11, 2010 Posted by | Comics | 2 Comments

Wednesday Feb. 3rd Comic releases.

Before we get to the releases I would just like to issue a small thanks to Boom Kids, who make it the easiest for me to find out which of their books are releasing each week. It’s not the best system in the world, but it’s something. DC is second best because the difference between their Johnny DC titles and Regular titles is very easy to spot going through their weekly releases. The actual DC kids website, however, leaves a lot to be desired. The comics page is just a list of books in alphabetical order. No dates beside anything, just title and issue number.

Marvel is the worst. Maybe I just am that old and out of the loop, but that site is impossible to navigate. On the Marvel Kids you would hardly know they produce comic books. There’s a swank button for comics, but when the page loads it’s funny Hulk web comics. I like those, but there’s not any mention of the Marvel Adventure books, or an X-babies, or anything. Currently on the main page there’s a link to view a preview of the upcoming “Marvel Adventures Iron Man #1” but that’s it.

That’s enough of me complaining from this week. It’s not all bad. Just could be a little bit better, is all.

Boom Kids!

Big week for these guys as they debut two new series. I am heartened to see that Disney buying Marvel has not put any dents in their relationship with Boom so far. Disney had stated they would keep all current plans in place, but when corporate structures change you can never be too sure.

Disney’s Hero Squad: Ultraheroes #1

I wonder what these characters getting their own book means for the future of the Walt Disney Comics title and what stories will be told there.

Toy Story Ongoing #1

More Toy Story tales is fine with me.

Wizards of Mickey Mouse #1

I’m actually excited for this title. I adore Mickey’s Magic universe.

Valentine’s Classics Hardcover

Yeah! A hardcover colleciton of old romantic tales. I don’t believe I’ve ever read any of these. I’m not picking this up this month, but possibly this summer I’ll find it on sale.

Johnny DC!

Cartoon Network Action  Pack #46

This is really turning into a Ben 10 Showcase. This month’s issue has two Ben Ten stories in it, with a little Samurai Jack to break it up.

Looney Tunes #183

What! A retelling of the story of Samson and Delilah with Pepe Le Pew? I’m definitely down.

Finally DC is putting out the third collection of “Tiny Titans” named Sidekickin’ It. This will collect issues 13-18 and is a wonderful book for young children. I strongly suggest any of these books to parents with kids just learning how to read.

Marvel Comics

Nada. Play sad trombone right here. The closest thing I saw was a Marvel Heartbreaker books if you have anyone teens in the house that are particular fans of high school drama and romance stories.

That’s it for this week’s releases, stay tuned as I only work a half day on Friday at my real job, and am phoning it in on my second. That means I’ll not only have time to read all the books from this week, but I may even find time to write about them. Maybe? Let’s hope for the best here.

February 4, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wednesday January 27th Releases

Boom Studios

Donald Duck and Friends #350

Not gonna lie, I’ve totally not been reading this one regularly. I’m sure it’s good as all the other Boom/Disney books are great.

Wall-E # 2

Can’t wait to find out what awesome trash Wall-E finds next. This story is set before the movie where Wall-E just chills picking up trash.

DC Comics

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam! #12

The last couple of issues have been getting better. Byron Vaughns’ art is starting to fit the title more and more.

Marvel Comics

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man # 59

This is coming down the home stretch for the title’s current implementation and Paul Tobin is wrapping up everything in a nice package. Now comes with X-men.

January 27, 2010 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

January 20th Releases

Here’s just a rude list of the books coming out this week.

Book Kids!


Muppet Peter Pan #4

Uncle Scrooge #387

Johnny DC


Batman Brave and the Bold #13

Tiny Titans #24

Marvel doesn’t have anything shipping this week as far as I can tell.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

A Tiny Milestone

Doing something for twenty five months straight is admirable. Beyond admirable. That’s over two years of meeting a goal, and that’s exactly what Art Baltazar and Franco have done with Tiny Titans.

For a time there seemed to be a sentiment around comics that no one wanted books aimed directly at kids. All Ages really meant teenagers. Anything else meant the market was too narrow. Then DC decided to go ahead with their revamp of the super hero titles under the “Johnny DC” Imprint. Gone were older teen focused titles of “Teen Titans Go!”, “The Batman Strikes,” and Justice League “unlimited.” In were such titles as “DC Super Friends,” “Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam,” and “Tiny Titans.

I’m having a hard time remembering the exact history, but I believe Tiny Titans was the first book out of the gate. In my eyes the book was a roaring success from the very beginning. It is a shining example of how narrowing your focus can work. This is not to say that broader focused titles are not bad, just to say that a narrow focus can work to your advantage. Tiny Titans, as a book, is not at all ashamed of what it is. What it is, is the best comic book for young children on the Market. Yes, it includes jokes that only us older readers can understand. There are references to characters that the people who write the DC Encyclopedia books can’t remember, but its never distracting. It makes the hardest ideas of the DC universe palatable. The book has explored time travel, continuity, and the idea of parallel universes as well as anything else DC has trotted out. It’s also tackled teamwork, friendship, chores, and cliques better than some children’s books aimed squarely at those topics.

My absolute favorite thing about the series so far has been the humor. It’s a funny funny book. All credit goes to Art and Franco for making me smile on every page. It’s close to a work of magic, what they do. It’s hard to get over how not dumbed down the series is. I’m repeating myself here, but it’s the thing to say. When you have fervent focus on a goal you can succeed beyond it. I don’t feel as if I’m reading a book that’s meant for parents to think it’s aimed at small children. I feel like I am reading a book genuinely designed to make kids laugh. Just so happens that I laugh right along with it.

January 21, 2010 Posted by | Comics | Leave a comment

A Time For a Fresh Start

Marvel’s All Ages line has been moving along steadily for years now. The “Marvel Adventures” series of books have endured far longer than I ever anticipated. Though never having the sales success one would hope for, they’ve been solid books that capture the spirit of being for all ages. The brand has been shuffled around a few times. Books have added and taken away. Titles have been renamed, and now Marvel is giving the entire endeavor an official reboot.


In the press release you can read in the link Marvel talks about how awesome the line has been in the past, even when it was called Marvel Age. I am inclined to agree. So, what brought on the new change?

Obviously  new number one issues sell much better than issue sixty-fours do. I wonder what this change actually means. They’re keeping the same writer, it appears they’re just going to run similar stories as before with new numbering. The super heroes book is intriguing in that it might highlight different avengers each month, but that seems to be the difference.

Well, that and the price. I understand they’re putting in more pages, but how does Marvel really expect to build a fanbase when issue #1 is $3.99? These all-ages books already don’t sell high to begin with, adding cost doesn’t seem to be the most helpful thing for the success of those titles.

All that said, I hope these new books are great and can introduce some new fans to Marvel monthly books.

January 16, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment


Being old is a lot of work. Jobs, bills, responsibilities, they get you down. So sometimes we want to escape. Nothing works quite as well as watching Black Adam do some very unsavory things to people with whom he has a strong difference of opinion.

Being young is a lot of work too. Playing, school, homework, chores, they get you down. So sometimes we want to escape. But watching Dr. Light be nefarious may not work for your brains. Fortunately as dark and angry as some comics get, not all publishers have forgotten one of the shortest groups of readers in comics.

More and more publishers are creating books designed with readers of all ages in mind. Boom and DC seem to be putting the most effort behind this, but Marvel isn’t too far behind. I’ll try to keep you as informed and up to date on which books are out and what’s in them as possible, but life happens. I can’t read everything, and it’s not easy to pick up many indie  books for me.

So, I’m going to do as much as I can to spread the word about these All ages books. I pick up just about everything that comes from Johnny DC. Jann Jones has done a fantastic job re-marketing DC’s kids line to reach an undeserved market. I’m starting to pick up most of the Boom! Kids titles. They’re doing a fantastic job with the Disney licenses they own. Marvel Adventures doesn’t have a huge quantity of titles, but the few they have are quality a majority of the time. I need you to help me out to whatever I miss. Be it an indie title that skipped my radar, or even an issue of a book that isn’t aimed at a younger audience, but would hit it.

Just because this blog is going to focus on “all ages” brands doesn’t mean other books won’t shop up here. While I doubt we’ll ever see a vertigo book show up, I will bring up things like Spider-Man love Mary Jane or the DC Raven special as it fits.

The beginning ride may be rough here, but stick with me a bit. It’ll get better.

September 24, 2009 Posted by | Comics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

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