Amazon lists future Boom! comics, including Barks, Gottfredson and Rosa’s Life of Scrooge!

Posted on July 4th 2009 in Boom! Studios, New Titles, United States

Searching for Boom! Studios on Amazon reveals a long list (see below) of upcoming trade paperbacks and hardcover books (Please note that these releases are not set in stone; in the past Gemstone titles listed on Amazon were later changed or never came out!). Some of the titles listed feature classic reprints of stories by Carl Barks, Floyd Gottfredson and Don Rosa. The first book, a hardcover Christmas album, is scheduled to come out in November and the other books in the first half of 2010.

A lot of fans will be pleased to see another reprint of Don Rosa’s The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, which has been out of print for a while and is still in high demand, but Boom’s version will be more expensive than the previous release. It will take at least three of their 112-page volumes to cover the more than 300 pages in the Life of Scrooge series, which will set you back $75. When Gemstone released these stories in 2005 and 2006 they came in two paperbacks (of 268 and 208 pages respectively) for ‘only’ $16.99 each. At least Boom’s books will be in hardcover.

Here are the books with classic reprints as currently listed on Amazon:

And other books with Pixar material and Italian stories:

So far we’ve learned that Boom is covering: 1. classic reprints of stories that have already appeared (multiple times) in the United States, 2. new Pixar stories created by Boom themselves and 3. multi-part Italian stories like Ultraheroes and Wizards of Mickey.

What I’m still missing is the new European material from Denmark and the Netherlands that is appearing in the European weeklies. I’m talking about stories by artists like Ferioli, Xavier, Marco Rota, Daniel Branca or William van Horn. Those were the stories that I was almost most looking forward to in Gemstone’s years. I sure hope that Boom will find a place for these. As a collector I already have multiple reprints of the Barks and Rosa stories that Boom will release in their hardcover books. It’s the new material in the classic Barks style that I am personally most interested in.


Jul 4, 2009
5:02 pm
#1 Dean Rekich wrote:

Arthur, I couldn’t agree more with you about *most* wanting new 4 panel stories from Egmont in the classic Carl Barks style! I am *thrilled* that Boom has picked up the license, but if they ignore “new” classic format stories I will be very disappionted. 🙁 I think many other Disney fans may feel the same way.

“Wizards of Mickey” and “Mickey’s Hero Squad” are great ideas for kids to read, but I doubt these are the stories most longtime Disney fans want the most. As long as we get more classic stories though, such efforts to attract kids are a great idea. If it is the *only* type of new stories to be published, I think it is a very bad idea.

I think it is great Boom is going to publish collected editions. However, I have still have concerns. Why can’t Boom collect Barks’ stories in a systematic fashion, ala a Barks’ Library. I guess I see the appeal of a Christmas and Valentine’ Day collection for new -to- Disney comics fans. However, how many of us old fans are going to want to buy the umpteenth re-re-reprint of a Barks story? The one best way to get us old fans to buy Barks reprints one more time is to release a systematic library, like the Carl Barks Library in Color, but instead of albums, in a TPB format.

What do others think about what Boom is so far appearing to plan on publishing and the formats they are choosing?

Jul 5, 2009
10:51 am
#2 Carl wrote:

I don’t understand why many seem to think that Boom!’s choices for the comic books are so great for kids to read. I am unimpressed with them, and I don’t understand why a kid would be much more impressed with them. I keep hearing people complain about Barks reprints in comics. OK, but if you want to attract a new generation of readers, shouldn’t you give them the best material available? There’s a reason Newbery-award winning children’s literature stays in print! If anything, the material targeted toward “collectors” should be new stories, since–as is said time and time and time again–they are tired of “old” stories. Put out a collector’s edition of Italian superheroes and give children *quality* reading material.

Jul 5, 2009
2:43 pm
#3 Jan Erik Hedberg wrote:

We all know that CBL and CBLiC were censored and by now, most of us know that they were printed (uncensored) in Denmark, Norway, Sweden (Finland?) and Germany…
These printings are available – with Carl and Garé’s lettering even more attractiv, IMHO…
Surprice me, please, surprice me…

Jul 5, 2009
4:03 pm
#4 Roger North wrote:

I think it’s cool that Boom Studios is releasing special collections as well as regular Disney Comics.

Jul 5, 2009
5:52 pm
#5 Carl wrote:

I’m glad they are, but it’s not unusual. When you think about comic albums, every publisher has done so: Gladstone series 1, Disney, Gladstone series 2, and, of course, Gemstone. Heck, even Western issues special “Dynabrite” collections. Not doing so would be surprising, I think.

Jul 6, 2009
12:33 pm
#6 Ken wrote:

I’m excited about Boom’s Disney Classics series and have already ordered the Christmas Classics Vol.1 on Amazon. For years, I’ve hoped for a hard-bound series. Hopefully, they will include some more of Carl Barks’ heirs (other than just Daan Jippes).

Jul 6, 2009
2:29 pm
#7 Torsten Adair wrote:

If Barks’ comics stories are so wonderful, then why has every Disney publisher in the U.S. had such abysmal success printing them? Might they be too quaint for today’s kids?

And wouldn’t it be smart to offer new material to the collectors AND kids? Why print two titles with split circulation when you can publish one title with great circulation?

(And when I was a kid, the Newbery titles were boring. They are chosen by librarians.)

Of interest: These titles are issued simultaneously in hardcover AND trade paperback editions, which suggests that BOOM! is actively pursuing the library market, which prefers durable bindings.

BOOM! does not need to publish everything at once. I expect an archival series within the next ten years.

My advice: Wait a year. Look what BOOM! has already announced in a short time. We still haven’t heard what they plan to do with the Uncle Scrooge magazine, the other big Disney title.

And here are some other titles…courtesy of Books In Print:

978-1-60886-554-3 Wall E: Recharge (HC)
978-1-60886-512-3 Wall E: Recharge (TP)
978-1-60886-544-4 Mickey Mouse Classics: Mouse Mayhem (HC)
978-1-60886-545-1 Donald Duck and Friends: Double Duck (TP)
978-1-60886-551-2 Donald Duck and Friends: Double Duck (HC)

(Yup, a heretofore unknown Wall-E comic! May 2010. Shannon Wheeler writing, Morgan Luthi drawing.)

(If you wish to scan for BOOM! titles, their new EAN prefix is 978-1-60886-5xx-x

Jul 6, 2009
5:51 pm
#8 Carl wrote:

Really? Most kids I know–and have taught–loved Maniac Magee, The Giver, and Holes, to name three. Sorry reading quality lit bored you as a child, but I don’t think my point is without merit.

And there was a successful American publisher of Barks: Gladstone in series 1. Disney wanted the success which is why they took over. Gladstone was going in exactly the right direction initially.

Ironically, a message topic on a forum (Quarter to Three) I frequent is about comics and the consensus there is that American kids don’t read *any* comics anymore–superhero or not. I hardly take that as conclusive, of course, but it’s interesting that the same conversations in the Disney community are being held elsewhere.

Jul 7, 2009
1:31 pm
#9 ____ wrote:

Any word on the dimensions of the books? Because I think BOOM only publishes its collection in 6×9 digest format. I hope they change it for the Disney books.

Jul 8, 2009
12:06 am
#10 Louis Lane wrote:

No word on the size. I’ve been searching for the info and cannot find it yet. Hopefully Boom will make a formal announcement at SDCC. LL

Jul 27, 2009
11:21 am
#11 CWRatliff wrote:

Before they lost the Disney license, Gemstone was on the verge of publishing a Complete Barks Library in color, and a Complete Don Rosa.

I sure hope that Boom! will do something similar. I have no interest in buying books that cobble together Barks stories with newer Disney comics, and I think that people who want the new stuff probably don’t need the same re-re-reprints of Barks material they may already have.

The best idea is for them to do a definitive run of Barks and Rosa work, in some kind of quality format that can get reviewed and promoted the same way that books like The Complete Peanuts and Moomin and other classic reprints series have been. Get Barks fans like Spielberg and Lucas to blurb the books or write intros talking about how awesome Barks was. The US market is ripe for a re-discovery of the Carl Barks, but Boom! has to do it the right way…

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