Mickey Mouse is returning to comics - and we don't mean Marvel.
IDW Publishing announced Wednesday that the California-based company is launching Disney Comics, a new line of comics featuring Disney's anthromorphic animal characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. It all begins in April with Uncle Scrooge #1, with a Donald Duck series in May and Mickey Mouse in June. September will see IDW resume publication of the long-running Walt Disney's Comics and Stories series with issue #723.
Asked by Newsarama Wednesday afternoon why a Disney Comics line is licensed out to another publisher and is not kept under the Marvel/Disney roof, Marvel declined to coment.
Uncle Scrooge #1 features the reprinting of a classic Italian Uncle Scrooge tale from the 1960s, but IDW says that series and the others will feature a mix of reprints and original stories over time.
In addition, IDW's Disney Comics titled will have themed variant covers each month based on rides and sections of Disney's theme parks, including Adventureland, Epcot, the Haunted Mansion, and more. Here is IDW's calendar for Disney Comics in 2015: