Disney's Tsum Tsum brand is a global phenomenon that has branched out from stackable plush toys to all aspects of media and merchandise, including a hugely popular mobile game and now a brand new Marvel Tsum Tsum miniseries from Marvel Comics that brings the cute creatures to the Marvel Universe as they escape the clutches of the covetous Collector!
The miniseries is written by Jacob Chabot with art by David Baldeon, and features a crate of the cuddly creatures falling off the back of a space truck and being discovered by a group of friends from Brooklyn. As The Collector seeks to get back what he sees as his property, there's one huge wrinkle: The Tsum Tsums believe themselves to be the true Marvel superheroes.
Disney Tsum Tsum, the range of cute and cuddly stackable plush toys, is absolutly huge right now, and the line has already expanded into the worlds of animation and video games. Now, they’re set to invade the Marvel Universe this August with a series of variant covers by some of the best in the business, and a brand new in-continuity miniseries, Marvel Tsum Tsum, by Jacob Chabot and David Baldeon.
In putting together this summer's superhero-themed SpongeBob Comics Annual-Size Super-Giant Swimtacular #2, United Plankton Pictures dug deep and left-of-center for inspiration and riff material. How deep, and how left-of-center? Well, the book includes, "I Shall Destroy All The Civilized Planktons!", a rather meticulously assembled homage to the work of Golden Age oddball artist Fletcher Hanks and his Stardust The Super-Wizard, by Paul Karasik and R. Sikoryak.
That story follows a few featuring more traditional targets of parody, like a Western-themed story starring SpongeBob regular Mermaid Man, who is basically just Silver Age Aquaman with sea shells over his nipples and a starfish in the middle of his face, and another in which Squidward becomes Batman parody the Squishy Knight and SpongeBob becomes "Multi-Purpose Sponge, the hero with a different costume in every panel" (which allows for panel after panel of SpongeBob dressed as various Marvel and DC superheroes).
Hello Kitty, the pervasive merchandising phenomenon created by Yuko Shimizu in 1974, is easily one of the most recognized characters on the planet. For whatever reason, however, HK hasn't ever starred in a proper American comic book series...
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