The Muppets Move to Marvel and James Gannon is Not Happy

The opinions of our friend James Gannon do not necessarily represent the opinions of The Muppet Mindset as a whole. As always, we attempt to showcase all sides of the spectrum, so we are happy to display James’ thoughts on Marvel’s republishing of The Muppet Show Comic Book.
James Gannon – Months ago, BOOM! Studios lost the license to and stopped publishing The Muppet Show Comic Book and the Muppet Classics series. Word of this broke glacier slow, giving fans faint and dying hope that the last four part story arc by Roger Langride, “The Four Seasons,” would still be published at some point. The final nail in the coffin was an announcement Monday, which said Marvel would be publishing the Muppet Comics. However, instead of publishing the end of the series and new, future issues, the announcement was that the first four stories of the “Meet the Muppets” arc would be republished (for fourth time now) in a kiddy friendly magazine. To quote Charity Bazaar of the cartoon series Histeria!, “I’m not happy.” Really, if this wasn’t a family site, I’d let loose like a drunken sailor who dropped a large hammer on his foot. Let’s see if I can get through this rationally.
Sure, this is a boon to all of those who missed out on the first issues, the news stand reprints, and the graphic novel (and if you did, you’re either in another country, absolutely broke, or don’t care), but to someone like me who did everything he could to get every single issue since it was released, this couldn’t be a bigger insult.  Disney did announce the same fate with its Pixar titles, also previously published under BOOM!, cancelling the license and moving to Marvel to only reprint old stories–which makes me glad I didn’t get involved with The Incredibles comic like I wanted to (that ended mid-story). Now, I could put all the cute refercens to Mr. Spock saying “Highly illogical, Captain,” but this isn’t the time for sarcastic jokes (plus, I never even watched Star Trek). Why would anyone take the license away from a company that was doing a great job on all counts to bring the license to a company (granted, one they own) that has its own worldwide instantly recognizable characters they have to kill off and revive? Marvel couldn’t even spell Fozzie’s name right in the press release. Does that sound like they care the way BOOM! cared? Somehow, I’m suspicious that the Muppet and Pixar license was married to each other. Even then, BOOM! was doing great stuff with Pixar titles reprints in magazines can’t offer.
Now, I admit, I’ve moved on from the disappointing ending of Muppet comics (Muppet Sherlock Holmes, as decent as it was, was unsatisfying as the end of an era). I get the same excitement over their new Rescue Rangers and Darkwing Duck (a personal favorite cartoon) series, and I’m looking forward to their DuckTales series–I strongly suggest you all check these out–but the least Disney could have done, however, is to have granted BOOM! the extension (as something went down with Roger, and the comic was delayed) and had the last arc published before the magazine came out. I mean, I know it’s late and you want to close the restaurant, but come on! Let me order dessert first before you try to push me out the door. We would have all accepted the fact the comics were ending if we saw the end. 
That’s really the worst part. They have the prime opportunity to finally print that, and they blow it to try to “re-introduce” the characters before the movie for kids. That’s the only bright spot in this whole mess, at LEAST it can help out the movie a little.
Meanwhile, there’s a Phineas and Ferb magazine that runs original comics. New stories, new material. Who here wouldn’t rather see new Muppet stories and art being produced instead of just getting the same stuff in a different format? That’s what the TV series and movies on DVD are for. The only advantage I can see is not getting more fingerprints on the comics if I want to reread them. I bet the only extras will be simple kid’s word searches or something. That’s no improvement. And even if these do lead to further magazines, if this is quarterly, it will take them two years to get to the unpublished arc.
Over all, other than consolidation and going around the middle man as far as licensing goes, there is NO real advantage to pulling the license from BOOM! when they were doing a MUCH better job with it. The Muppet Show Comic Book got me back into caring about comic books again. Thanks for taking that away.
The Muppet Mindset by Ryan Dosier

6 thoughts on “The Muppets Move to Marvel and James Gannon is Not Happy

  1. Well it is one persons opinon, and it is not how everyone feels. The way i see it is if they are going to try and keep the comics alive we should support it.

  2. I don't mind the opinion and I don't wholely disagree BUT it may be a prelude to new stuff. In other words you need to establish your presence before expanding it. I'm hopefully optimistic.

  3. The Muppet material Marvel is reprinting has been on the newsstand already. It has been in comic shops already. It has been in bookstores already. This smacks of Disney jamming the Muppets down Marvel's throat and Marvel showing Disney whose boss by just reprinting something that everyone has. Maybe some people will buy this magazine because of the upcoming movie, but it is sure to fail. I mean, my bookstore still has tons of copies of the Meet the Muppets trade paperback in stock. I just know in my bones that this is going to fail, fail, fail and it makes me sick at heart.

  4. The article is blunt and lacking in tact, but I have to agree with its points. Boom was publishing good Muppet comics, they lost the license, now Marvel has it, and instead of printing new stories they will be reprinting old stuff. We Muppet fans who used to look forward to Boom's comics have lost out.

  5. As the person who wrote this article:

    I'm sorry to say this, but I really can't see a bright side of reprinting stuff that has been reprinted 3 times already, yet withholding the end of the series. Especially since the last 4 issues COULD have been published by the time this kiddy reprint that I don't even think kids would bother buying.

    Sorry if that sounds “bitter” or “sour” or “Negative” but as the COMIC REVIEWER, I find this a bleak fate for the comics WE loved. Had things ended on a brighter note or Marvel announced better plans, I could've been positive… there's NOTHING positive about losing one of the best things that happened to the Muppets since the Palisades line ended.

    I support everything else Disney has done with the Muppets, don't get me wrong, but this smacks of corporate decisions and little else. So if you want to live with the delusion that no more original Muppet stories (which is what made Boom's comics great), fine. Buy the same 4 issues up over and over so we can see them reprint the same stuff over and over. I'm saving my money and buying Boom's TDA line. Give money where it's deserved.

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