Deal with Fox gives Disney a second comic book company

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Dec 15, 2017

One of the many effects of Disney's proposed purchase of the assets of 21st Century Fox is that the Mouse House will find itself a stakeholder in another comic book publisher.

Disney of course already owns Marvel Comics (which it bought in 2009), one of the two big names in the comics industry. But earlier this year Fox invested in Boom! Studios, an independently owned company founded in 2005 by former Hollywood producer Ross Richie. According to the The Hollywood Reporter, Fox's stake in Boom! -- which was estimated at around $10 million -- would be part of the Disney deal.

Since its launch, the Los Angeles-based Boom! has found a niche for itself largely in licensed titles, horror series, YA science fiction and kids' comics. It has scored with long-running and best-selling titles based on Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Planet of the Apes, which others have been based on Big Trouble in Little China, 28 Days Later, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure and many more.

Its horror titles have included Curse, The UnsoundDestroyerZombie Tales and Cthulhu Tales, while it's also published sci-fi books such as Day Men and The Woods. As for its kids' titles, some of them have actually been based on Disney/Pixar brands like The Incredibles and classic characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck.

Unlike Marvel, Boom! has barely dipped into the original superhero genre, having its biggest success with Mark Waid's Irredeemable and Incorruptible, but it does have a number of original titles -- including Goldie Vance, Lumberjanes and Rust -- which could find a home in the Disney motion picture production slate. Other Boom! titles have been in development at various studios, but only 2 Guns made it to the screen in 2013.

As of right now, there's no word on what Disney will do with Boom!. Will it sink even more money into the company and start to develop some of its titles as movies or TV properties? Will it sell it off? Or will it fold the whole thing into Marvel? If you've read any of the Boom! books, what are your thoughts?