It may have taken a couple of years but Disney’s ownership of Marvel is starting to show through. Last month, fans were treated to the news of a crossover between Marvel’s premier super team, the Avengers, and the covert elves from Disney’s animated Christmas movie, Prep and Landing. Well, that’s not the only Disney property being given the comic book treatment by Marvel. Fans now have a 4-issue series based on Toy Story to look forward to. Check out the full press release below.
Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and the rest of the gang lead readers to infinity and beyond as Marvel and Disney Publishing debut TOY STORY #1 (of 4). Featuring Toy Story characters from the Disney-Pixar films, Toy Story #1 delivers entirely new content and stories to comic fans.
“Everyone loves Toy Story, so we’re excited to team with our friends at Disney-Pixar to bring readers all new stories of our favorite characters from these blockbuster films,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “TOY STORY allows us to bring great new material to the market that’s not only perfect for kids, but also a great read for fans of all ages. What’s next for Woody and Buzz in these stories? We can’t wait for you to find out!”
Andy’s new puppy, Buster, loves to play with toys — but if Woody, Buzz and the gang can’t control the playful pooch, all that chewing and shaking will leave them in a world of hurt! Will our heroes make it through in one piece with batteries intact? Find out this March in TOY STORY #1!
Anyone who knows me knows that I love Marvel. When I heard the Prep & Landing news, I got scared. While it always seemed a given Disney would use Marvel’s resources to create comic books based on their properties, I was surprised that Prep & Landing were their test. Toy Story, however, seems a logical choice. If Disney wanted to see how fans would react to a Disney-license comic book, this should have been one of their first choices. A 4-issue Toy Story…story just seems logical.
But, I have to ask, what’s the deal with the “Disney Comics” logo on the cover image? Is Disney creating their own imprint under the Marvel banner to help keep the two entities separate? If so, that makes sense as well. Along with the Disney/Marvel merger came promises of Disney staying out of Marvel’s hair and allowing them to run business their own way. While that promise was stretched with Prep & Landing, the creation of Disney Comics seems to cement that promise. If this is the direction Disney is going to take with Marvel, then I’m all for it.
TOY STORY #1
Written by TEA ORSI
Penciled by ANTONELLO DALENA & TERESA QUEZADA-GEER
Cover by MARCO GHIGLIONE & SILVANO SCOLARI
ON-SALE IN MARCH 2012