The GeeksverseDC Summer Spectacular Magazine

DC Summer Spectacular Magazine
Published on Thursday, June 28, 2012 by

Even before I was a parent I was concerned how the next generation will be enticed into comics. My daughter will inherit boxes upon boxes of comics but will she appreciate them or dump them after my senility or demise? How do we entice kids in?Today my pastor gave me disturbing news. Her 9 year old son has decided he should stop playing with superheroes because he has aged out. She was visiting tonight and remarked on the playful potato heads in my living room, G.I. Joe army across the piano, and general sense of super herodom that hangs over my house.

Yesterday, I was with my little brother and infant daughter spending the day in comic shops. We hit three for their various focuses and charms. In the second my brother was digging through a box of loose toys while I was digging through a back issue bin with one hand and rocking my daughter’s car seat with the other.  A mother came into the comic book shop with her little man who I will assume was about 8 or so based solely on his height. It was their first time in a comic shop. He only wanted comics about Penguin. I tried to steer his mother toward Young Justice, Incredibles, and the rack of children’s comics.Instead she bought him a Penguin mini series comic that he may not enjoy nearly as much. Sadly, she would have bought him the Penguin book and a handful of Young Justice but the kid wasn’t interested. He said he hadn’t watched the cartoon when I asked. Shame.

I’m not a censor. My first comics were not youth comics per se instead they were whatever was available on the spinner racks that I could get my hands on.

One of the ways to attract new readers is accessibility. The DC Summer Spectacular Magazine has the potential to be accessible. Especially if it is available in grocery store check out lines and book stores. Those are places where comics were once found in my youth.

DC Super Spectacular Magazine

The magazine format allows a little more wiggle room. This collects Young Justice and Green Lantern: Animated Series and Teen Titans Go stories. It also has shorter pieces about characters and puzzles. It is a nicely spent $4.99 that would barely buy one comic on its own.

The Green Lantern comic is a reprint of the first issue from the series of the same name that was just recently on local comic shop shelves. It is a nice resized comic written & art by Baltazar and Franco.

The Young Justice is written by the same team. Mike Norton provides art and Zac Atkinson worked on colors. While I readily recognized the Green Lantern I don’t immediately place the Young Justice sample. It is by the team that started the current Young Justice comic before Kevin Hopps and Greg Weisman took over writing the series. Perhaps it is because I started reading the current series at issue 7 with Artemis. Given that Artemis is not part of the team this could be one of the first 6 issues reprinted. Looking over the first 7 issues (#0-6) Psycho-Pirate is not listed as a character. Since he and Atomic Skull are the major villains of this book it seems as if this could be an unreleased story.

Sadly, I wish the colophon would reveal what is reprinted material and what is new. The press releases are also unhelpful in that regard.

The Young Justice tale is a nice character study of the Artemis-less team. Their connections to the Justice League and their fears are quickly related. It makes a nice introduction to the characters for new readers. It is also nice for readers that have yet to read this Young Justice tale.

If this magazine continues to print Young Justice tales that I don’t have then I will continue to buy it. If it starts reprinting issues 7 or later then I’ll stop since I already have those. At some point a trade of the first few issues will be warranted unless they are reprinted here. As a collector this may be a fun way to snag back issue stories. As a new reader it is a great starting point.

Future ?

Perhaps the spinner racks of my youth will be replaced by the electronic spinner racks of my daughter’s youth ala digital downloads.

DC Entertainment announced that it has released a new family-friendly DC Nation app offering instant access to the best in all-ages content from DC Comics. Based on the popular Saturday morning programming block from Cartoon Network, Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment, the free app features thousands of pages of kid-safe content including free, first issues of three of the all-time greatest kids’ comics BATMAN ADVENTURES #1, SUPERMAN ADVENTURES, #1 and the multiple Eisner Award-winning TINY TITANS #1.

The app will also offer several Super Hero Origin mini-comics and the first six installments of the ever-expanding DC Nation Secret Files, an encyclopedia of the coolest characters from DC Comics. A monthly DC Nation “mini-mag” will highlight the latest happenings with the Cartoon Network TV programming block. In addition to the wide-range of free comics in the app, more than 100 all-ages DC Comics titles will be available for purchase at $.99 each, with more titles added every week.

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On the heels of the app launch, DC Entertainment will also release a new DC Nation Super Spectacular magazine in May. The 64-page magazine will be on newsstands and in comic book shops for $4.99 throughout the summer, offering kids a collection of new comics based on popular DC Nation shows including Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. The magazine will also include exclusive versions of content that extends from the DC Nation app programming, including special versions of DC Nation Secret Files and a DC Nation Sneak Peek. The magazine is sponsored by LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, an upcoming game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and will include an exclusive game code for its readers.

The app will also offer several Super Hero Origin mini-comics and the first six installments of the ever-expanding DC Nation Secret Files, an encyclopedia of the coolest characters from DC Comics. A monthly DC Nation “mini-mag” will highlight the latest happenings with the Cartoon Network TV programming block. In addition to the wide-range of free comics in the app, more than 100 all-ages DC Comics titles will be available for purchase at $.99 each, with more titles added every week.

On the heels of the app launch, DC Entertainment will also release a new DC Nation Super Spectacular magazine in May. The 64-page magazine will be on newsstands and in comic book shops for $4.99 throughout the summer, offering kids a collection of new comics based on popular DC Nation shows including Young Justice and Green Lantern: The Animated Series. The magazine will also include exclusive versions of content that extends from the DC Nation app programming, including special versions of DC Nation Secret Files and a DC Nation Sneak Peek. The magazine is sponsored by LEGO® Batman™ 2: DC Super Heroes, an upcoming game from Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment,.and will include an exclusive game code for its readers.

DC Nation has already proven to be an extremely popular kids’ franchise,” stated Hank Kanalz, senior vice president of digital, DC Entertainment.  “The new app and magazine will extend DC Nation’s reach while also delivering fresh content to core fans of the TV programming block.”

Other comic book titles available in the DC Nation app include: GREEN LATERN: THE ANIMATED SERIES, YOUNG JUSTICE, THE BATMAN STRIKES, KRYPTO THE SUPERDOG, TEEN TITANS, BILLY BATSON AND THE MAGIC OF SHAZAM!, SUPERGIRL: COSMIC ADVENTURES IN THE 8TH GRADE and YOUNG JUSTICE: CLASSIC SERIES, among others.

Click here to download the new, free DC Nation app.

 

 

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