Gary Leach, who has been doing art and editorial work for US Disney comics for over two decades, reported on the DCML yesterday that “Gemstone is not renewing the Disney comics license, and won’t be putting out any more issues”. This sad news means the end of Disney comics in the United States, at least those with classic Disney characters like Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse. Gary added that “Disney is looking for someone else to take the license” and he believes that they do have some candidates, although nothing is nailed down at this point.
A mailing from Diamond indicated the following cancellations:
Donald Duck Adventures: Lost In The Andes/Return To Plain Awful The The Daan Jippes Collection Volume 2: Donald Duck Family
The Don Rosa Library Volume 1: 1987-1988
The EC Archives: Tales From The Crypt Volume 4
The EC Archives: Vault Of Horror Volume 2
Uncle Scrooge Adventures: The Mysterious Stone Ray/Cash Flow Walt Disney Treasures – Donald Duck: 75 Unlucky Years
Walt Disney’s Spring Fever Volume 3
Walt Disney’s Vacation Parade Volume 6
Walt Disney’s Christmas Parade #5
Walt Disney’s Comics And Stories #699-on
Uncle Scrooge #384-on
The loss of the Rosa volume is especially saddening to long time fans.
In February, it was announced that Gemstone was closing its Missouri office, but publisher Russ Cochran was moving to Erie, Pennsylvania to continue work on Disney and EC archival editions.