We have been teased for quite some time that Marvel Comics and Disney’s Imagineering group were working together on a new project. Finally, Disney and Marvel have decided to let the cat out of the bag. The partnership has spawned Disney Kingdoms a new comic book line based on Disney franchises and theme park attractions. This idea has both worked and flopped for Disney in the theatrical realm. It remains to be seen how it will do in the funny book format.
The first comic book hitting digital and traditional store shelves under the new banner is Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1, which explains why we were getting the “Something Weird” artwork from Disney and Marvel back during Comic Con and D23 Expo.
See below for more details on the series as well as the first look at the cover of this first issue, which will be released in January 2014.
This January, experience the first all-new adventure inspired by Disney’s legendary – but never constructed – Museum of the Weird! Dreamed up by famous Imagineer Rolly Crump in 1965, the Museum of the Weird was home to a collection of mystical curiosities said to have been unearthed from all corners of the globe. Originally conceived as a spooky walk-through attraction connected to the Haunted Mansion, Crump’s innovative designs were left on the drawing board following the passing of Walt Disney….until now!
“Disney Kingdoms is the ultimate team-up for fans of Disney and Marvel,” said Editor Bill Rosemann. “Working hand-in-hand with the world-famous Walt Disney Imagineers, Marvel’s best and brightest creators will unleash entire worlds inspired by and built around the attractions and characters that you’ve always known—but will experience for the very first time!”
This new series will come from the creative team of writer Brandon Seifert (Witch Doctor) and artist Karl Moline (Avengers Arena). The story will follow two teens and their adventure-seeking Uncle as they traverse the weird museum attempting to save their parents who have been kidnapped, and save the world from a secret society. This sounds like very retro storytelling which already didn’t sell on film with The Adventures of Tin Tin, a great movie that no one went to see.