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  • Make Mine Marvney

    So it’s pretty clear that all anyone I know will be talking about this week is Disney totally Owning Marvel now. But first I want to remind you that I’m writing World War Hulks Alpha, and I’ve been talking about it in the comics press.

    Like here at Comic Book Resources. With Dave!

    And here at Newsarama. With Zack!

    So reserve that now if you like MODOK. And go look at this piece by Chris Samnee if you like MODUCK. And mere seconds later, Ryan Dunlavey offers a Scrooge McDuck version.

    Onto the acquisition- I have no idea what to expect. I wish this would somehow result in me getting a sweet Disneyworld vacation package. I don’t expect it will affect Marvel’s content, but if so I think I can remember how to write all-ages comics. It wouldn’t surprise me if a few key characters had to keep things cleaner, like Spider-Man. Again, I have no info and I doubt anyone does. My hope is that Disney will provide access to more markets and that Marvel’s ability to move on ideas and concepts will not slow down. They generally seem good about letting brands they own stay separate- of course, I’m optimistic. Any regular reader here knows I’m a huge Disney nerd where it applies to their classic animation, and my main current worry is that The Princess and The Frog will do well because the future of their 2D animation seems to hang upon it.

    Surely some executives are kicking themselves over the fact that Disney could have bought Marvel a few years ago for a song (they were bankrupt) when Dark Horse’s Mike Richardson was trying to broker such a thing.

    So in short, clueless as everyone else. But I did go see Ponyo the other day and enjoyed that, to almost switch the subject.


    Comment from Steve Sunu
    Time: August 31, 2009, 11:40 am

    Man, I want to go see Ponyo. It looks awesome.

    Comment from patrick hulman
    Time: August 31, 2009, 12:57 pm

    i would be more worried that marvel/disney start to act like dc/wb.

    Comment from Eric
    Time: August 31, 2009, 1:44 pm

    Your kids at school previously:

    “My dad writes comic books.”
    “You mean like manga?”
    “No, like Spider-Man.”

    Your kids at school now:

    “My dad writes for Disney.”
    “You mean like Hannah Montana?”
    “Um…Sure, why not?”

    Or are your kids even in school yet?

    Comment from Parker
    Time: August 31, 2009, 1:48 pm

    That’s probably very accurate- if my kids were a little older! My daughter is going into first grade, and she’s just now getting a better grasp of what I do.

    Strangely, life was presenting me clues to this last night in the kitchen. She was coloring in a Draw Marvel! book while my son was wearing a Mickey Mouse shirt, and I wasn’t even making the connection.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: August 31, 2009, 1:49 pm

    My bet right now- Disney will move the Marvel offices to California. Or Florida, I suppose…

    Comment from Adam Hutch
    Time: September 1, 2009, 10:01 am

    I’m thinking nothing big’s gonna change with this deal (I could be 100% wrong, who knows), but moving Marvel’s offices would make me kinda sad. Marvel, in and out of the comics, is just so tied to NYC. I think something would be lost if/when they move the offices, to me anyway.

    Comment from Jeff Rose
    Time: September 1, 2009, 8:49 pm

    So with Marvney as a possible name. What about Disel? Disnel? Marney? :-D

    Comment from Trinity
    Time: September 2, 2009, 1:56 pm

    Hey Jeff,

    I just finished Exiles number 6 and had two things.

    First, they didn’t credit Salvadore on the cover.
    Two, do you know if he sells the art because I would love to get a page and can’t find him online.

    Great issue. Awesome way to explain the reason for the Exiles.

    Comment from Matt D
    Time: September 3, 2009, 11:57 am


    This isn’t about anything in particular but I know you read this. It just dawned on me how potentially similar the end of DD 500 is to the set up of Agents of ATLAS. You should get together with Andy Diggle and play with that. I’m not a guy who likes crossovers for the sake of crossovers but there’s some really organic stuff there and I’d love to see it.

    Anyway, keep up the good work.


    Comment from Sam Dax
    Time: September 3, 2009, 12:46 pm

    Any thoughts on how Disney like to claim EVERY creative thought of everyone under contract to them for the duration of the contract? (google around, I’m not joking)

    Comment from Beast
    Time: September 3, 2009, 5:44 pm


    Thank you Jeff Parker. Thank you very much. :D

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 3, 2009, 7:48 pm

    Diggle is easy to work with, it’s something to consider!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 3, 2009, 7:48 pm

    Well, I have no contract- problem solved!

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 3, 2009, 7:48 pm

    You’re welcome.

    Comment from Parker
    Time: September 3, 2009, 7:49 pm

    I get that but MAN I could get down there so much faster…

    Comment from Chris McAree
    Time: September 5, 2009, 4:27 am

    All hail our new mouse overlord!

    Comment from Beast
    Time: September 6, 2009, 5:33 am

    Hey Jeff!!

    I have your next pitch for Marvel! :D


    Comment from Lugh
    Time: September 10, 2009, 10:31 am

    Parker if you have any way of forcing Marvel to actually do MODUK (Uncle Scrooge version of course) I would personally thank Jesus, Allah and Jewish God for you.