Disney Comics Inc.Country: United States
|Autumn Adventures||5.28||1990||- 1991|
|Beauty and the Beast (1)||5.88||1991|
|Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers||4.84||1990||- 1991|
|Darkwing Duck (limited series)||5.75||1991||- 1992|
|Disney Comics Album||5.55||?||- ?|
|Disney's Colossal Comics Collection||5.92||1991||- 1992|
|Disney's Comics in 3-D||5.94||1992|
|Donald and Scrooge||5.87||1992|
|Donald Duck Adventures (2)||5.84||1990||- 1993|
|Ducktales ||5.05||1990||- 1991|
|Goofy Adventures||5.44||1990||- 1991|
|Graphic Novels||5.69||?||- ?|
|Holiday Parade||6.06||1990||- 1991|
|Mickey Mouse Adventures (1)||5.28||1990||- 1991|
|New Adventures of Beauty and the Beast||6.04||1992|
|Roger Rabbit||6.53 (#75)||1990||- 1991|
|Roger Rabbit's Toontown||5.15||1991|
|TaleSpin limited series||4.74||1991|
|The Little Mermaid Limited Series||4.88||1992|
|The Return of Aladdin||5.39||1993|
|Uncle Scrooge||7.25 (#23)||1990||- 1993|
|Walt Disney's Comics And Stories||7.13 (#27)||1990||- 1993|
About Disney Comics Inc.In 1990 the Walt Disney Company itself decided that what Gladstone could do, Disney could do better. In 1990, Disney revoked Gladstone's license and assembled a mixture of talent from Marvel, Western, and Gladstone to produce new comics under the Disney Comics label. For the first year, excessively Marvelesque Disney comics were created. Featuring page layouts quite unlike the traditional Disney style, the comics included attempts to adapt then-current television series like "Talespin" and "Darkwing Duck," and film characters like Roger Rabbit, to comics. A huge number of monthly comics began being produced.
Disney's management had alienated potential artists, however, by continuing their policy of not returning art. Furthermore, the new editorial style was not very successful with the audience Gladstone had created. A now-famous "implosion" in 1991 led to Disney's once-huge lineup of titles being reduced to three monthlies, fewer than Gladstone had ever published. Disney's management announced that the comic division could no longer buy new stories, which caused Lustig and Van Horn, among others, to join Rosa in producing Disney comics for Egmont rather than for an American office.
Despite this turmoil, the comics themselves drastically improved at the time. Duck and Mouse aficionados Bob Foster, Cris Palomino, and David Seidman were given essentially free reign over the titles (DONALD DUCK ADVENTURES, UNCLE SCROOGE, and WDC&S) which had been heavily regimented during Disney Comics' first year. Moderate success ensued as the comics evolved more to fans' liking, and some formerly-banned Barks and Gottfredson stories achieved reprint. By 1992, the type of material appearing in Disney's comics was very similar to what Gladstone had been featuring earlier on (including American editions of Egmont's Rosa and Van Horn material).
Yet the damage had been done: the colossal sales slump experienced in Disney's first year had led to a drop of consumer interest in Disney comics in general, and an increase in sales under the post-1991 editors was not enough to satisfy the Disney Company. It was thus in 1993 that Gladstone made an offer Disney couldn't refuse and regained the license for the monthly Duck and Mouse comics.