Jul 21, 2010

DC Cancels All-Ages Titles - or You Have Got to Be Kidding Me

On her Facebook, Keiren Smith pointed out this bit of news. So yeah, in the span of two weeks after I recommended them, Super Friends got cancelled, and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam and Batman: The Brave and the Bold have been announced as ending in October.

What the hell, DC? Really? How could you do this? The odd thing is that if you look at my post, I was actually very favorable towards these three titles, while not being a fan of Tiny Titans, which they are keeping.

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam has been a constantly entertaining comic that, while it may not blow you off your feet, could really entertain a child for several minutes and introduce them to new ideas. In addition to that, it's been the best portrayal of the Marvel Family (barring Jeff Smith's series, which this one is a continuation of anyway) since the 1970s series. (Granted, that doesn't say much, but still.)

The cancellation of Batman: The Brave and the Bold is an interesting thing, since one would think that it's been profitable considering the success of the cartoon. I feel like I shouldn't comment on this until San Diego is over. I feel like something's up.

I'm sure DC will have new products to replace these, which they will then cancel, and then more people (like me) will complain about there being no comics for kids. How could there be sustainability in this area, when these companies won't sustain these titles?

Keiren Smith also said on her Facebook page that her husband, the one and only Ty Templeton, always got a lot of flak from the people in the industry when he was working on the Batman Adventures books and other such animated tie-ins that were aimed for kids. They wondered when he was going to do "real" comics.

The notion that any comic is more "real" than others is so cockamamie.

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