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Disney To Ruin Marvel Comics.


As an avid comic fan, I was terrified when I read the news this morning about Marvel Comics being bought by Disney. Horrific images immediately popped into my head: Mickey Mouse and Goofy joining the Avengers, Donald Duck teaming up with Wolverine to take down the Dr. Doom/Cruella de Vil alliance, and Scrooge McDuck becoming the new head of S.H.I.E.L.D.

I'm no fan of Disney, mostly because I'm older than five, so I'm a bit worried about how they might fuck up some of my favorite comic book properties. If they've any sense at all, they'll leave Marvel alone to do what they've been doing creatively, much the way Time Warner has handled DC Comics after acquiring it. But given that Disney is a huge mega-corporation, I know full well that they can't possibily have any sense at all.

So now I wonder what horrors are coming our way down the road. Will they impose bizarre editorial edicts that make Quesada's anti-smoking rule seem reasonable by comparison? Will they eventually dissolve the Marvel brand entirely, so I have to stomach buying comics with that shitty, childish Disney logo plastered on them? Will they mandate crossovers with existing Disney properties? The last thing I want to see is some horrible "Kingdom Hearts" kind of situation where a bunch of soft, fat, giggly Disney characters are rubbing elbows with the likes of Wolverine and Magneto. It sends chills down my spine, I tells ya.

A friend of mine pointed out that the best case scenario means they might introduce some cool new Marvel-themed rides and exhibits in their theme parks. Worst case is they'll remove any and all adult appeal these comics and characters have by trying to "kiddiefy" everything. What are you guys' hopes and fears for this partnership?

ALSO: I am planning a Longbox column about the most "Halloweeny" comic characters. Obviously Scarecrow, Green Goblin and Hobgoblin quickly come to mind. If you have any suggestions you'd like to see appear in the article (I make no guarantees), feel free to post them here!


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BurntToShreds on 08/31/2009 6:06 pm

Don't the Marvel execs still have creative control?

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Protoclown on 08/31/2009 6:09 pm

Hopefully, yes. But any time a big company acquires another big company you never really know what's going to happen.


Stranger (Guest) on 08/31/2009 6:14 pm

I heard about this earlier today. The screams are on the INSIDE now DX

As for Halloweeny comic characters, I think I can help you there. There's the obvious ones such as the two Scarecrows and perennial punching bag Jack O Lantern, but to be a little more original...

The Dummy for example. I mean, an actual talking ventriloquist dummy and not just an old guy with a psychosis like Scarface. Twilight Zone material here

Pretty much every member of the supervillain team Night Shift. Gypsy Moth, Tatterdemalion, Brothers Grimm,Misfit, Digger, Shroud, Dansen Macabre, Werewolf by Night and Hangman. And thats just some

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JJ the Jetplane on 08/31/2009 6:35 pm

I liked Kingdom Hearts... it's hard to stomach at first, but if you plunge through that cutesy top layer, it's actually a decent game. But then again, I'm a Square-Enix fanboy, I kinda have to like it.

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King Credo on 08/31/2009 6:57 pm

This may be a bad idea on Disney's part. Lots of devoted fans will quit reading Marvel if Donald Deadpool and Magneto Mouse start running around. Or even if Marvels stories stop getting so dark and real. The company will lose money and the only buyers will be 10 year old kids who just buy Iron Man for the Giant Eagle here and there.

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sandwichoftruth on 08/31/2009 6:58 pm

You disappoint me, Proto. :(

Honestly, I don't understand why ANYONE would think this is seriously going to happen like this. How long has WB owned DC? How many crossovers have happened since then? Very, very few.

Anyone honestly thinking Mickey Mouse is going to start popping up in every Spider-Man issue is an idiot.

All this is going to do is give Marvel more money and HOPEFULLY means they'll start taking more chances with their stories. DC may get a lot of flak for books like Final Crisis and R.I.P., but at least they're taking chances, Marvel has been stagnant for the past couple years.

In fact, I haven't been this excited for Marvel in a long, long time.

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Julio on 08/31/2009 7:00 pm

Despite not being the avid comic book reader I do respect many of the characters from the Marvel universe enough to think several things like the ones you mention regarding this atrocity. My mind actually processed an image of The Punisher chasing a rogue Disney character while employing water ballons, slings and childish booby traps while chewing a lolli-pop and proudly wearing a suit that has a Mickey Mouse logo on his torso rather than his oh-so-badass skull. I actually thought the same thing about Kingdom Hearts. I find it quite strange that something like that is more eager to happen than ever before.

What's your next move, Proto? No plots of revenge?

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executioneer on 08/31/2009 7:00 pm

gentleman ghost is kind of halloweeny :eek

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executioneer on 08/31/2009 7:03 pm


"All this is going to do is give Marvel more money and HOPEFULLY means they'll start taking more chances with their stories."

um "taking more chances" is not the first thing i think of when i think of disney and their subsidiaries :(

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Muadi’ib on 08/31/2009 7:39 pm

Best case scenario: Disney forces Quesada to quit. Brian Michael Bendis' work calendar is severly scaled back, and Rob Liefield "Slips in the Shower."


Adoring Fan (Guest) on 08/31/2009 8:02 pm

It's called overreacting. That is what you are all doing. Disney owns Miramax films, for fuck's sake, and they're still putting out mature content, completely free of Disney characters. Chill out, Proto. Deep breaths.


Jesse (Guest) on 08/31/2009 8:03 pm

You do realize Time Warner is also a huge mega-corporation? I think you're being paranoid. Disney have let Pixar keep their identity, so Marvel, a business with such iconic characters, should do fine. Besides, Marvel hasn't exactly been on top form in recent years, what with Civil War making half the heroes become amoral douchebags, the incredibly contrived One More Day, and Bendis deciding certain characters are skrulls because he said so in Secret Invasion.

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Doctor_Who on 08/31/2009 8:03 pm

I feel a sense of impending dread. And I can't shake of the visions of the next Iron Man movie featuring Miley Cyrus as Squirrel Girl.

As for Halloweenies, Scarecrow and Hobgoblin are the most obvious choices. Not so sure about Green Goblin.

Nightcrawler, Ragman, the Spectre, the Phantom Stranger, Doctor Strange, Werewolf by Night, Moon Knight, Morbius, Joker, Ghost Rider, Blob, Vampirella, Mephisto, Neron, Deadman, Swamp-Thing, Solomon Grundy, John Constantine, and Nightmare are all possibilities.

Oh, and Casper the friendly ghost, but that's probably not the sort of comic book character you meant.


electric funeral (Guest) on 08/31/2009 8:13 pm

halloweeny characters: the marvel zombie and maybe DC's creeper?

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Pentegarn on 08/31/2009 8:47 pm

Believe it or not, I doubt Disney will bother doing anything to change Marvel.

The stuff coming out of Disney isn't all kids cartoons. Outrageous Fortune for example was a movie Disney was involved with and that movie has sex scenes and references blow jobs. Their core product is kid friendly. Their offshoots and acquisitions are not.

More likely they bought Marvel to get a piece of that movie pie that is coming out of all the Marvel character based movies. I am sure they wanted some of the upcoming X-Men Origins movies based off Magneto and Deadpool.


Bizarro Stormy (Guest) on 08/31/2009 8:56 pm

I don't think this will be so bad. If anything, what we need is the other way around--what we need is Maleficent being shot by the Punisher.


Logann64 (Guest) on 08/31/2009 9:04 pm

Oh... my.... gosh... why? what have i done to deserve this? have i not been a loyal supporter? WHY MARVEL?!?! WHY STAN LEE??? WHY!?!?!? Well hopefully they will do nothing in terms of 'kiddiefying' MARVEL, they MIGHT do a little, but ultimately i think they will keep it the same, unless they want unholy Nerd-rage on their front door step.

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Purple Man on 08/31/2009 9:12 pm


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HowardC on 08/31/2009 9:17 pm

Well to those who say "time warner was the same thing" hell no it isn't!!! You see, time/warner hasn't made anything since they merged, they simply profit off of owning the rights to various properties. Disney on the other hand, acquires properties and sucks all the fun out of it. Case in point the muppets. Arguably the best classic entertainment ip out there and yet disney managed to prety much ruin all the charm and edginess the muppets had within a matter of just a few years. This is bad news people real bad news.

The only thing good the could come out of it would be the logical "Disney Zombies" series. Goofy wants your brains!!!

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BigMonkeyMan on 08/31/2009 9:19 pm

Purple Man took the words right out of my mouth.

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darkvare on 08/31/2009 9:27 pm

this was my WTF momment of the day i hope nothing gets screwed and let marvel continue with its mature comic books :(

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Muadi’ib on 08/31/2009 9:30 pm

Actually, in all reality, the worst thing that can come of this is good, quality comics. Sure, comic fans love their Hellblazers and their Sandmans(or Sandmen.) But that's what we have Vertigo for. Nerds love to bitch. It's not an easy pill to swallow, especially if your a nerd like me, but we all have to come to terms with it. That's why Frank Miller and Rob Liefield are still doing what they do. It's because they're so easy to spoof and lambaste that they keep selling. So sure, a company like Disney, the same company that indirectly funded Dogma and Pulp Fiction, might fiddle a little bit with company affairs, but the real loss to comic fans would be if they actually reinforced canon and kept their writers from skewering characters. Quality is the antithesis of geekdom.


Adam (Guest) on 08/31/2009 10:11 pm

Anyone notice the irony of Stanley Martin Lieber (a fellow jew) making money off a deal with a company founded by a noted anti-semite? A fucking atrocity is what it is. As for the comment about Miramax, if you've ever heard about the hell Kevin Smith went through with Dogma, You'd know Disney has its censorship loving hands in everything it owns. By the way, Ol' Walt was a member of Joe McCarthy's blacklisting freak show.


Arkaham (Guest) on 08/31/2009 10:18 pm

I don´t think they will mess up the comics, they can´t be that dumb.
However, I can´t shake off the feeling that they will really, really mess up the movies.
I´m not even sure if that´s possible, but that´s what I´m worried about.

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darkvare on 08/31/2009 10:31 pm

it has: check it out

Disney will reexamine Marvel Ultimate Alliance

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Copper on 08/31/2009 10:43 pm

My first thought about this article was "Celebrating Halloween scares a little early, aren't we?" Then I read on through, and the comments.

I am a Disney fan, but the older titles. I don't think I've looked forward to a Disney movie since Lion King (the *first* one). Not a huge fan of all the CG stuff and do *not* get me started on the slew of sequels. I'll also admit to liking Kindgom Hearts (a lot) but I'm also a Square-Enix fangirl and I tend to enjoy most things RPG. That is, however, a separate entity from the Mighty Marvel Marching Society.

I mentioned this article to a friend and her response was "further proof that disney is out to ruin everything :D." I, too, am having my misgivings. I like my Disney, I like my comics and ne'er the twain shall meet, as they say. Ranting, unfortunately, will only make me feel better for a little while (and surprisingly, despite my current mood, I'm not worked up enough to rant. Yet.) All I suppose we really can do is watch and wait, see what direction things go, and if we don't like it, well, I think it was stated above, let our wallets do our talking for us.

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Captain Seamus on 08/31/2009 10:44 pm

This was a shock to me, but mostly because of the business side of things. The only real change I can see in the comics is maybe an overall softer tone, and MAX being downplayed slightly. Then again, Joe Q killed Marvel for me, so I could care less about what they do to mess themselves up.

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Copper on 08/31/2009 10:45 pm

Apologies on the double post...

Halloween charries: Swamp Thing and Man-Thing. Only two I can come up with off the top of my head at the moment (that haven't already been mentioned.)


Shawn (Guest) on 08/31/2009 10:52 pm

Haha Conan O'Brien just did a little skit on the Marvel bought out by Disney thing.

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Just Ami on 08/31/2009 11:04 pm

I hear they are planning to open a Marvel comics theme park. :o If that is the case, I'm all for it... if that is NOT the case, I'm scared. D:

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Just Ami on 08/31/2009 11:32 pm

Ps. Breaking news! Angry Donald the Duck has JUST been confirmed as a skrull.... the REAL Donald was ducknapped years ago!

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Protoclown on 08/31/2009 11:56 pm

Guys, don't get me wrong, it could be a good thing for Marvel. But it could be REALLY bad too. I'll wait and see, but I've gotta play up the whole cynic angle a bit in the blog, you know. ;P This was mostly meant to be a "let's imagine just how bad it could potentially get" kind of scenario.

If Disney is smart, they will let Marvel be and do its thing, since they've been doing very well financially for the past several years. If they are not smart, I'm sure the rapid loss of readership will convince them to revert back to the way things were.

Marvel certainly has more resources at their disposal now, but I kind of liked that they were masters of their own destiny, unlike DC which has been owned by Time Warner for so long.


jonostars (Guest) on 08/31/2009 11:57 pm

Proto, you are completely over-reacting here. As many have pointed out, there is a correlation with WB and DC. With this deal, Marvel can now fully compete with DC on multi-media levels. Marvel was living from movie hit to movie hit with little margin for failure. This deal provides them the financial stability that they had been lacking before and now, we're going to see some quality stuff.


Mikeal (Guest) on 09/01/2009 12:07 am

Most Halloween comic characters? Marvel has had several characters called Jack O'Lantern. The Ultraverse comics had a character called Lord Pumpkin who had a jackolantern for a head. Other than that, Werewolf by Night, Black Cat, Hellstorm, Satana, Dr Strange, Spectre, and Ghostrider all come to mind.

Would including the Dell Superhero monsters and Marvel's Dracula and Frankenstein be cheating?

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Primortal on 09/01/2009 12:14 am

I was quite worried earlier today, kinda chilled out a bit since then.

I'm quite sure they'll have a hands-off approach to Marvel, (like how Warner Brothers have had with DC Comics) Disney may be a souless corporation, but it's a souless corporation run by profit, and fuckin' over Marvel's readership would lose them money.

Plus Eisner's gone, so there's not THAT much to worry about.

MY only real concern is what effect this may have on Marvel's movie plans.

on the Halloweeny stuff question... how about Marvel's Scarecrow?? or Blackout the vampire??? or hell most of the Horror-themed villains and Ghost Rider enemies??? *shrugs* *doesn't know if Proto reads Ghost Rider or not*


whodey513 (Guest) on 09/01/2009 12:50 am

Okay, so, I guess everyone missed the part where John Lasseter met with the Marvel folks. That means that Pixar COULD be making Marvel movies, which wouldn't be a bad thing at all.

Where in the blue FUCK are you people getting the insane idea that Spidey and Mickey Mouse might be having crossovers? Christ, do some fact checking...

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10,000 Volt Ghost on 09/01/2009 12:52 am

I'm thinking its going to be really really bad. Watered down marvel movies is what is going to happen. Remember the time Nick Fury enlisted the punisher to help clean up Euro Disney. By clean up I mean with a broom and dustbin :(


Psychopathicus Rex (Guest) on 09/01/2009 1:14 am

I'm amazed that no one has recommended 'the Nocturnals' as Halloweeny comics characters yet. I mean, these are characters who were were specifically created to evoke their writer/artist's love of Halloween - not to mention, of course, that one of its members is actually called 'Halloween Girl' (and lives up to the name), and the rest consist of a badass zombie gunslinger in a witch hat, a moderately mad scientist, a ghost, a sexy female 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'-type monster, a Frankensteinian pyrokinetic android, and assorted animal-men. Nocturnals all the way, baby - you can't get much more Halloweeny than that.


Fast_Eddy (Guest) on 09/01/2009 1:33 am

Every Marvel superhero will be given a small wisecracking animal that follows them around.


Atcote (Guest) on 09/01/2009 2:07 am

This is adorable. Really.
Fact is, Disney's a business. We all know this. They're not as shocking as they were under Micheal Eisner, which is good because they'd have to make a great bloody effort to do so. However, I can only hope your fears and disgusted outburst is ironic. Disney owns a lot of different companies. Touchstone, which has brought us mature (if argueable in quality, but hey, since when has Marvel ever been all over GOOD?) films and TV shows, like Pretty Woman, Scrubs, Con Air, ect.
They didn't spend $4 billion to try and get rid of all the fans in a fan run business. Expect Spiderman to still swing and suffer from clones, Wolverine to be rather kickarse, and Ironman to struggle with alcohol abuse. They've done worse in their work.


Andy (Guest) on 09/01/2009 2:57 am

So much overreaction by Marvel fanboys (and fangirls) today!

Disney owns Miramax. Disney let Miramax put out the Kill Bill films. You saw those, right? They weren't exactly "Disneyfied."

Disney owns ABC. ABC current airs "Desperate Housewives." Among other themes the show has featured, we have murder and having a mistress. Also not something you find in your typical Disney movie.

Disney will let Marvel be Marvel. Wolverine will not suddenly lose his blades and start walking old ladies across the street. Spider-Man will not suddenly have a Spider-Mouse swinging by his side.

Outside of maybe Hollywood Studios in Florida, I doubt you'll even see the characters really incorporated into the theme parks. If the Power Rangers can fit in there, so can Marvel characters . We'll get some more Marvel toons on "Disney XD." Don't see the problem there either.

The only thing this will do is give Marvel more money to work with, probably get better promotion and marketing for all things Marvel, probably get some kickass toys out of the deal, and get some with with John Lasseter of Pixar... which will end with amazing results, as everything involving that man seems to do.

Stop worrying. Go read your comics. Donald Duck will not be appearing in them next month.


Pandajuice (Guest) on 09/01/2009 6:30 am

Exactly. This will change nothing and 5 years down the road, it'll be an interesting factoid to impress your friends with; "Did you know Disney owns Marvel?" "No way!" Stop fretting.

The fact is, Disney owns a ton of companies you'd never expect and they understand that it's in their best interest to leave Marvel alone to keep making billions of dollars of revenue. Why would they want to change that or ruin the intellectual properties that they obviously perceive to be a gold mine?

Disney just wants a piece of the action, not to insert Mickey where he doesn't belong.

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NecroLemur on 09/01/2009 8:58 am

If anyone remembers Kraven's Last Hunt from the eighties, you might recall that it was one of the most mature and terrifying storylines Marvel had done up to that point. Spider-man buried alive, hallucinating horrible visions, Kraven putting a shotgun to his mouth and uttering "Mother". Pretty fucked up shit for the eighties.

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NecroLemur on 09/01/2009 9:03 am

It was also one of the first crossovers I recall - running through Peter Parker, Web and Amazing for two issues each. I think Mutant Massacre may have been the first notable crossover - with the exception of the Secret Wars series. Now that (along with multiple covers for the same issue) is the norm.

Get off my lawn. My thirty-two year old ass has some Metamucil to funnel.

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stonewar on 09/01/2009 9:03 am

the first thing I thought of when this was announced was they got their boy audience back.

Disney has been girl oriented for a while in merchandising. The Theme parks have the "bibbity Bobbity Boutique" where little girls get makeovers that turns them into a disney princess and parents plunk down hudreds of dollars for that privledge. But they have been less sucessfull selling the same idea to boys because all they really had was pirates, Aladin and toy toy story.

Mark my words there will soon be a "MARVELous Makeover" store in the near future and you will have pint-size spidermen and wolverines dragging exhausted parents around various Magic Kingdoms.


HojuKoolander (Guest) on 09/01/2009 11:31 am

I think Disney will let Marvel be Marvel up until the first poor showing of a Marvel film over a holiday weekend, then "The Mouse" will step in to "fix" the problems and will never step out again.

Personally as long as we get a cool Pixar produced Marvel animated movie and they bulldoze the California Adventure theme park to build the Marvel Universe theme park, I'll be cool with however things play out.


Red_Scare (Guest) on 09/01/2009 11:43 am

Has anyone mentioned Morbius yet? Or Nightwatch?


TMS (Guest) on 09/01/2009 12:17 pm

All will be fine. Disney has gotten to where they are by being GOOD in business, and jonostars is right, now Marvel can kick DC's ass in the multi-media arena that before Toy Biz or whoever the hell owned them before wouldn't allow. Not that I hate DC, but they are just so full of themselves right now. MAKE ANOTHER BATMAN MOVIE!!!

Also: Check out Doctor Dee or Destiny or whatever from Sandman's first arc. He's halloweeny


matty (Guest) on 09/01/2009 1:18 pm

Whew, I'm glad that there are plenty of other rational people here who realize that Disney owns a huge load of crap and they don't do crossovers or try to disneyfie all of that. In fact, Disney is so completely over protective of their own creations, they won't even let the companies they are parent companies of use their characters in their productions. For example, you never see disney characters make cameo appearances in pixar films, and ABC, while occasionally taking their shows to Disney parks for special epsidoes, are not allowed to create cartoons with disney characters in it for example. All the disney stuff stays disney and their other companies just make them richer. Don't worry, if anything the disney merger will just mean that marvel won't go bankrupt any time soon.


Andy (Guest) on 09/01/2009 1:42 pm

The only crossover stuff you might see will be "pins" sold with Spiderman wearing a Mickey ears hat, like they have of Kermit now (and for those saying they ruined the Muppets, 2010 is supposively going to be a BIG year of Muppets... and have you watched the online content of the last year?). Maybe a Marvel weekend at Hollywood Studios or California Adventure like they have for Star Wars. That's about all the character crossing over you'll see.

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mburbank on 09/01/2009 1:51 pm

I never said the Scarlet Witch was insane. Isaid she was fucking goofy.

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LadyMage on 09/01/2009 2:04 pm

I agree with everyone that said to not panic about disney buying marvel, disney isn't that stupid (hopefully)

as for halloween type heros and villians... Etrigan the demon, from DC

why, HE IS A FRACKING DEMON and the human half is a bit scary too (thus he is my fave of all time)


The PockyOtaku (Guest) on 09/01/2009 9:55 pm

Of all the people in the world to tell me about Disney buying out Marvel was my mother. She just got home from work (she's an LPN) and was sitting down with her cup of coffee when she handed me the paper told me to read the article about it. I swear the first thing to pop into my head was Mickey Mouse hanging out with Spider Man (Spider Mouse, Spider Mouse, Does whatever a Spider Mouse does).

Hmmm...guess that means I gotta wait another 4 years before I head back to Disney World to see how the company incorporates Marvel into their attractions (for better or worse).

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The Grumpus on 09/01/2009 10:47 pm

For Halloween characters: You have the Green Goblin, you have the Hobgoblin... Why not go whole hog and have Demogoblin in there as well? He's a freaking demon riding on a flaming version of the Goblin Glider -- that's spooky, right?

In fact, wouldn't the whole bunch of bad guys from "Maximum Carnage" work here? Shriek, Doppelganger, Carrion and Carnage, in addition to Demogoblin? Seems like a Halloweeny bunch of freaks and misfits to me.


Frank Castle (Guest) on 09/02/2009 12:15 am

In the next Max Series I team up with Mickey to rescue Minnie and Daisy from the sex slave trade in Thailand and Cambodia. We fuck everything up!

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Travis touchdown on 09/02/2009 1:33 am

*rocking back and forth in the fetal posision*
at least i still have batman at least i still have batman at least i still have batman at least i still have batman at least i still have batman

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Travis touchdown on 09/02/2009 1:37 am

oh and for the halloween characters i vote halloween jack,gentleman ghost and etrigan

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OxBlood on 09/02/2009 3:12 am

While I do like the Kingdom Hearts Franchise, I don´t think that something like that would work with Marvel. Now, I´m not an expert nor a big comic fan but I like Marvel and DC nonetheless and I think Disney should keep their 4-fingered gloved hands off it and leave them alone.

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El Blanco on 09/02/2009 9:06 am

I think it's a safe bet that Disney will keep a hands off policy with Marvel ,like with most of their subsidiaries.

As for Halloweenies, I have to say Marvel's Chameleon. He is always in costume.

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alienkid on 09/02/2009 2:16 pm

i was reading about this yesterday.
it's actually going to be good!
i'm a HUGE comic fan and i was deeply concerned, but it turns out it won't be affecting any of marvel's regular comics, but will only mean they'll get more money.
and disney gets to make high school musical comics.
wich sucks.
hopefully if no one buys it though were fine.


J (Guest) on 09/02/2009 9:23 pm

When I first found out about the acquisition, I was horrified. After I let it sink in, I got to thinking "you know, for the past few years, most of the things that I've liked about Marvel have essentially changed, Marvel has changed a lot up to this point in time and not for the better IMHO". I've dropped a number of titles because they just either pissed me off enough, or the premise was more than I could take, or I just plain stopped giving a shit. No need to point out examples as these posts are littered with them (cough-cough, Iron Man, hack, Captain America dies, puke, Avengers). Sorry, a bit of bile lodged in my gullet. I'm taking a wait and see attitude now. I am hoping some changes will be made to get Marvel back on track (whatever the hell track that is, its a friggin' mess) and make it relevant again.


40ozBierman (Guest) on 09/02/2009 10:08 pm

So what is going to happen to the Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal Studios Islands of Adventure in Orlando?

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Cheez on 09/03/2009 3:31 am

I hate this alarmist shit. This happened the last time disney acquired something and...


the end.


baronterror (Guest) on 09/03/2009 7:08 am

Halloween Comixs. There was a four issue mini series (that could have been expanded and picked up if fan reaction would have been better) called "Supernaturals" at marvel. It was a new telling of some old characters, in a team format. Ghost Rider, Satana, Werewolf By Night, and Led by Brother Voodoo. It was a Halloween Story, and the big bad was a jack o lantern head baddy. Was wonderful.

Something else you could tell us more about if you could were some new comics done a few years back that were new versions of old monster comics from back in the day, like Where Monsters Dwell, ect.

And dont forget while talking about the lovely monster movement in comcis years ago, seventies, dont forget any of the titles like old House of Mystery/House of Secrets, anything by EC comics, or those old type characters, like those army monsters in I belive DC, with that Medusa, a vampire, a frankenstein, ect.

Dont forget Swamp thing either.


baronterror (Guest) on 09/03/2009 7:16 am

oh and People. I really dont think the real fear of Disney was Mickey teaming with Iron Man. In fact, I have that will happen in some promotional material or some such, and is no big deal, it would hardly be "cannon".

What scares us realistically, I would wager, is that Disney is known for caving and pulling punches, not to mention it's pretty much evil. Hehe.

Seriously though (or was I serious just before about being evil?) Disney could over saturate the market, stifle creativity, and basically turn these characters into workwhores, like they did to their own stable.

Frankly, I know some of you are thinking "DIdnt marvel already whore out their crew?" to wich I say, compare that with how you think of mickey, goofy, and the rest.

Point is when was the last time Mickey or his boys actuall did anything? Really? Not often. So I'm saying the "comics" wont be the focus, but the characters as marketing bling. And in a way that's true now. People know these characters but they dont exactally swarm comic shops to follow their adventures.

So I guess you could say what's it matter? Well, comics arent always doing so hot anyway, at least Disney can aford to keep them afloat. But I personally and any comics fan could realistically fear Disney just kinda putting Comics on teh back burner and focus on selling the characters. Disney store anyone? How much of what they sell there is cartoons? Does anyone even know those cartoons exist? I"m being sarcastic, but....

For what it's worth WB has done pretty good with their DC. I dont trust Disney to do the same with Marvel. But at least they can afford to keep trying even if they do fuck it up, so eventually if it goes wrong, I belive it will get set straigt again.


JohnnyQuest (Guest) on 09/03/2009 11:52 pm

Baron, you beat me to it: I was also thinking of DC's two "House" titles - their respective hosts were Cain and Abel. Of course, let's not forget their storytelling counterpart, the Crypt Keeper!

I also think Jonah Hex is halloweeney; I mean, there's the last name, and then also HOLY FUCK LOOK AT THAT FACE!!

As for Disney/Marvel, I think the mouse will leave his gloves off of our comics, but very soon Disney will be selling as much superhero crap as they can fit into the Main Street Emporium.


ddd (Guest) on 09/04/2009 10:58 am

if disney does buy marvel they must make a howard the duck meets donald duck comic

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KanyonKreist on 09/04/2009 11:08 pm

With regard to Halloweeny characters, every single character from CHAOS! Comics comes to mind simultaneously.

However, SWEETEST-ASS COSTUME goes to Silver Samurai, every time.

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Desert_Screams on 09/05/2009 6:36 pm

How about Robbie Robertson's frequent nemesis, Tombstone, from the various Spider-Man titles? He was an albino and kept his teeth filed down like fangs. One of the weirder-looking villains in the '80s Marvel books.

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Travis touchdown on 09/06/2009 6:31 pm

one character that needs to be in the article is the crypt keeper


Dave (Guest) on 09/09/2009 2:20 pm

Does anyone else find it ironic that comic book fans like PC here are whining about Disney "kiddifying" Marvel? Disney is all about childhood fantasy. And so is Marvel.

Aren't comic books essentially for teenagers and kids? No matter how well written or graphic they are, comic books are still primarily targeted at adolescents.

Yeah, I know not all comics are for kids, but tell that to society who thinks you are a loser who won't grow up if you read comic books past the age of 20.

Star trek fans, Star Wars fans, comic book fans, and other geeks/nerds of all sorts have to eventually grow up at some point.


MCB (Guest) on 09/11/2009 4:12 am

Interesting Read on what Disney will tolerate.


Rhino (Guest) on 09/12/2009 3:39 am

One good thing about the Marvel/Disney "Collaboration" could be, that there could be some good animation feature films. because, even if you don't like Disney so much, they have good animation studios.

As for the Halloween Characters: How about Marvel's Wendigo?

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A Bad Enough Dude on 09/12/2009 7:56 pm

You know who bought DC the other day?


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Protoclown on 09/13/2009 10:48 pm

I don't know why, but this last comment by Bad Enough Dude made me laugh out loud.

And Dave: Based on your comment I would say that you clearly haven't been reading many comics in the past decade. Most of Marvel's mainstream superhero books that I could have easily been reading when I was 8 years old are now rated "Teen +". Because the comic companies are smart enough to know that if they write for an older audience they'll always bring in youngsters who want to be more mature. The reverse is almost never true.


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Michaels (Guest) on 09/05/2015 7:08 am

Well, it's took a couple years but YES! Disney is ruining Marvel comics.


1. Even though Marvel already tried this years ago, Captain America, is now Captain African-America.

2. Another bad idea that got resurrected, Thor is now female (again)

3. Apparently this plague that turns established super-heroes into different ethnicities and alters their sex, has now spread to The Hulk who is now 'totally awesome', and Korean.

The 'All New, All Different'' campaign is a joke, and I am NOT laughing.

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