Boom! Studios is a comic book and graphic novel publisher headquartered in Los Angeles, California, co-founded by Ross Richie and Andrew Cosby in 2005. The BOOM! Studios imprint publishes full-color science fiction, fantasy, action, horror and super-hero titles. Additional imprints include the all-ages KaBOOM! label (formerly named BOOM Kids!), and BOOM! Town, which publishes underground comix and literature-focused comics.
History with Disney comics
In 2008, Boom! signed a deal with the Walt Disney Company to produce comic books based on their properties and secured newsstand distribution as part of their new kid-friendly imprint, BOOM Kids! This began with a line of 4-issue mini-series based on Pixar films and The Muppets in March 2009. It was followed up with Boom! acquiring the continued publication of the "core four" Disney comic titles - Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse and Friends, and Donald Duck and Friends.
In June of 2010, Boom! Studios began publishing comic books based on the Disney Afternoon. The first of these was a new Darkwing Duck comic. At around the same time, old DuckTales comic stories, most of which had never been published in the United States before, were featured in issues 292-299 of Uncle Scrooge. After the successful launch of the Darkwing Duck comic, new comic books based on Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and DuckTales were announced.
For their first year or so with the license, each issue of Boom!'s Disney comics was usually published with at least two different covers. Some issues also notably had copies with exclusive cover artwork at certain stores and conventions. This practice was eventually phased out for most of the books after July 2010, with only the Disney Afternoon titles continuing to have two covers for every issue, though special issues of the "core four" comics (such as Mickey Mouse's 300th issue and Uncle Scrooge's 400th) would still have at least one "deluxe" variant cover.
However, with Disney having acquired Marvel Entertainment in 2009, Boom!'s Disney comic line would not last long. The Pixar and Muppet titles were cancelled in late 2010, with The Incredibles comic ending on a cliffhanger. As a result of this, Disney pulled the license in 2011. Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Uncle Scrooge, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers were all cancelled in July of that year, and the Darkwing Duck and DuckTales comics had their final issues published in November.
For the next few years, some of the Pixar and Muppet comics were reprinted in magazines published by Marvel Comics, who also printed a few new comics based on Toy Story and Monsters, Inc., as well as the last story arc intended for The Muppet Show Comic Book. However, due to the reprints selling poorly, Marvel opted not to make any more comics with the characters, instead focusing on adapting Disney's theme park attractions for the Disney Kingdoms line. The license to the "core four" titles was eventually picked up by IDW Publishing, while the comic book rights for the Disney Afternoon, Pixar, and the Muppets were licensed to Joe Books. As of June 2015, Joe Books has reprinted all but the last two issues of Boom!'s Darkwing Duck comic (in Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition) and the first four issues of the Wall-E comic (as part of Disney-Pixar Comics Treasury); a new omnibus of The Muppet Show Comic Book will follow in April of 2016.