Marvel/Disney Deal Reactions

I won’t harp on about this, as the geekosphere is still in a tizzy about the just announced deal that has Disney buying Marvel for $4 billion. However, there’s some interesting reactions to be found from comic book pros at CBR, Newsarama and Broken Frontier. My initial thought over this whole thing was somewhere between a mix of panic, distrust and cautious optimism. However, with a fresh day comes new tidbits, from the sites above, such as the fact that Disney will leave Marvel well alone and won’t interfere, so we won’t see Wolvie offering hugs instead of claws to the gut. Disney are impressed by the way Marvel operate and don’t want to mess with that. Disney are approaching this in the same way they did when they bought Pixar and Jim Henson’s company.

Hopefully more kids will see comics now. It wasn’t that long ago that I saw a spinner rack at Target. Those days may return. Disney want that young male demographic and Hannah Montana ain’t doing that. With their theme parks, retail outlets and whatnot, Marvel could get a presence outside of comic shops like they haven’t had in years.

Apparently Robert Iger, the man who made the announcement yesterday, and the head of Disney is Jerry Iger’s nephew. Jerry Iger founded the famous Eisner & Iger comic book production house in the 1930s, so hopefully that respect for comics rubs off on Bob.

Of course, Disney may not be pushing Marvel’s more mature comics and may just focus on the all-ages stuff like Marvel Adventures, but then again Disney have their hands in many pies. They were once responsible for signing  Insane Clown Posse through their Hollywood Records and via Touchstone Pictures are releasing Bruce Willis’ new film, Surrogates.

Of course, a CGI X-Men film is possible too, though perhaps not until the deal with 20th Century Fox is over, and BOOM! Studios hold the keys to Disney comics, so Marvel won’t be making them. Only time will tell, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing the Disney logo on Dark Avengers. It may just be a brave new future and give Marvel some financial stability and freedom. DC Comics has been owned by Warner Bros. for the last 3 decades and they’ve profited greatly from it.

Anyway, that’s enough of that. Now here’s a few great covers from this week’s new Marvel releases. For the full list, see the link below the pics.

Deadpool #15

GhostRidersHeavensOnFire02

UltimateSpiderman02

Comics On-Sale:

AGENTS OF ATLAS #10

BLACK PANTHER #8

CABLE #18

CAPTAIN AMERICA : REBORN #1 2ND PRINTING VARIANT

DARING MYSTERY COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

DARING MYSTERY COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL MARTIN VARIANT

DEADPOOL #15

EXILES #6

GHOST RIDERS: HEAVEN’S ON FIRE #2

HOUSE OF M: MASTERS OF EVIL #2

IMMORTAL WEAPONS #2

INCOGNITO #6

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #17 (DR)

IRON MAN & THE ARMOR WARS #2

LUKE CAGE NOIR #2

LUKE CAGE NOIR #2 CALERO VARIANT

MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #1

MARVEL ZOMBIES RETURN #1 SUYDAM HEROES VARIANT

MOON KNIGHT SAGA

MYSTIC COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

MYSTIC COMICS 70TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL MARTIN VARIANT

OFFICIAL INDEX TO THE MARVEL UNIVERSE #9

SCOURGE OF THE GODS – THE FALL #3

STARR THE SLAYER #1

STRANGE TALES #1

THE TORCH #1

THE TORCH #1 ROSS SKETCH VARIANT

TROJAN WAR #5

ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #2

Collections On-Sale:

ESSENTIAL SUB-MARINER VOL. 1 TPB

HULK: GRAY PREMIERE HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA BLACK KNIGHT/YELLOW CLAW VOL. 1 HC

MARVEL MASTERWORKS: ATLAS ERA BLACK KNIGHT/YELLOW CLAW VOL. 1 HC (VARIANT)

MARVEL ZOMBIES/ARMY OF DARKNESS TPB

MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD: HERO UP! DIGEST HERO COVER

MARVEL SUPER HERO SQUAD: HERO UP! DIGEST VILLAIN COVER

NEW AVENGERS: THE REUNION PREMIERE HC

SPIDER-MAN: 24/7 PREMIERE HC

SPIDER-MAN: SINISTER SIX PREMIERE HC

SPIDER-MAN: SINISTER SIX PREMIERE HC (DM ONLY)

THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ HC

WOLVERINE AND POWER PACK: THE WILD PACK DIGEST

Posters On-Sale:

MARVELMAN BY QUESADA POSTER

VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT BY ALEX ROSS POSTER

*DR= Dark Reign tie-in

2 Comments

  1. Do you not think that aside from commercial gain the artistic values will be swayed/constricted in the least? I can definitely smell the foul stench of Disney ‘morality’ seeping through most of Henson and Pixar’s work: http://tomkatsumi.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/coming-soon-the-marvel-heroes-face-their-worst-enemy-yet-disney/

    • I hope not. Disney are smart enough to know that Marvel reach an audience they never have, and it’s an audience with disposable income. Marvel has never presented a clear cut world full of sunshine and daisies, but I think Disney have enough of their own characters for that. Hopefully both companies will keep on doing what they’re doing, but there will be a larger audience to see it. Great post, BTW.
      Kris


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