|Four American and one Norwegian Halloween comic|
Last year we got a great giveaway comic from IDW for Halloween ComicFest. They didn't have any Disney comics this year, but instead we got a new Halloween title on sale, and we got Disney titles from 3 other publishers for Halloween ComcFest.
The Haunted Mansion
The Halloween ComicFest edition reprints the entire first issue of the 5-part series published earlier this year. The Haunted Mansion is the 5th series in Marvel's "Disney Kingdoms" line and is based on the Disneyland attraction with the same name.
Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas
This comic has a 16-page excerpt from the manga by Jun Asuka. It's sold in 25-packs and intended to be given away at Halloween. The comic is promoting the upcoming Tokyopop edition of the manga, but it's already published in English by Disney Editions in 2005. The new edition seems to have mostly the same dialogue as the Disney Editions one, with small adjustments here and there.
|From inside Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas|
This comic is also sold in 25-packs like Nightmare Before Christmas and we get the first 12 pages Mickey's Inferno inside. The full story will be published as volume 4 of Papercutz' "Disney Graphic Novels" series, but also under the logo title "Great Parodies" (a bit confusing). The text is a completely new translation/text adaptation different from the one Gemstone did 10 years ago. As it's written in rhyme you can't just do a normal translation, so it's going to be interesting to compare the different versions. The coloring used in the Papercutz version seems to be the same as used (elsewhere) in the 73 page censored and slightly remounted version of the story, so I assume that is the one we are getting from Papercutz.
|Gemstone translation to the left, Papercutz translation to the right|
Giant Halloween Hex
|All three cover variants|
From IDW we got the first issue of a new series just in time for Halloween. Most of Giant Halloween Hex is a long 57 page story with Magica De Spell, but we also get another Magica 1-pager and a story with Witch Hazel.
In The Great Rock of Power-Plus! we get to meet Magica's family for the first time.
|Rosolio, Minima and Granny visit Magica|
Well, at least the Italian version of the family. We also had a Granny De Spell in several rarely reprinted 60's S-coded stories – that inducks lists as the same person. But she had quite a different character design, so in my head they are two different grandmas. And we've seen Minima before in Dime after Dime
|Webby and Minima in Dime after Dime|
I hope Giant Halloween Hex is going to be an ongoing series with a new issue next year, and I wouldn't be mad if we get to see Magica's family again.
|Sneek peek from the next adventure story with Magica and her family|
New story with Hocus and Pocus
|Norwegian Donald Duck & Co 43/2016|
In northern Europe we got a new story with Hocus and Pocus in the Halloween issue of the weekly Disney title. Both are two aspiring witches that calls Magica "aunt", but they are not really related to her. It's the 3rd story featuring Hocus and Pocus, written by Byron Erickson and drawn by Carlos Mota. They haven't been introduced to American readers yet, but I hope that will happen someday!