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SDCC ’10 | Didio: Johnny DC titles ‘really not cancelled’

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #21

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #21

Despite what DC’s October solicitations might say, DC Comics co-publisher Dan Didio said at today’s DC Nation panel in San Diego that the books are “really not cancelled.”

When a fan asked about the fate of the Johnny DC line, Didio teased that a Young Justice comic would be on the way, along with the new TV series. He also said that “There are [kids] books in the works….they’re really not cancelled. A bunch of stuff is coming your way.”

As Kevin pointed out earlier this week, both Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam and Batman: The Brave and the Bold‘s October issues are marked as the final issues of those titles. The final issue of their all-ages Super Friends title came out last week.

But it sounds like they’re just being replaced with something different, which I’m sure we’ll hear more about on Sunday at the “DC Kids: Aww Yeah!” panel.


Bring out your dead: DC Comics cancels two more all-ages titles

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #21

Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam #21

Less than a week after the final issue of Super Friends hit shelves, DC Comics has announced the cancellation of two more titles in its all-ages imprint.

The publisher’s October solicitations, released yesterday afternoon, reveal that Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam will end with Issue 21 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold with Issue 22. As Johanna Draper Carlson notes, that leaves Tiny Titans, which begins a three-issue crossover with Little Archie, as the lone remaining superhero title in the Johnny DC line. The other comics are based on Warner Bros. animated properties: Cartoon Network Action Pack, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Looney Tunes.

The DC Comics section of KidsWB.com is a memorial to recently departed all-ages superhero books, with “free reads” of the first issues of Justice League Unlimited (2004-2008), Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade (2009-2009), Super Friends (2008-2010) and, now, Billy Batson and the Magic of  Shazam (2008-2010) and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2009-2010).

The demise of Batman: The Brave and the Bold seems odd, and perhaps only temporary, considering the apparent popularity of the Cartoon Network animated series and the planned release in September of the video game. Then again, Super Friends‘ connection to a Mattel toy line didn’t save that comic from the ax.


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