All comics readers have to start somewhere, right? And why shouldn’t they start with a DC comic? That’s the very sound thinking behind DC’s new My First Comics program, which will launch next week at 500 Walmarts and on Walmart.com.
Aimed at readers ages 6-9, My First Comic will be a line of 48-page flipbooks featuring top DC characters, with added activity pages: mazes, puzzles, matching games, and more stuff that kids love. Although not quite the size of an Archie digest (Or Disney Adventures) it’s still more “satisfying chunk” style than a traditional 22-page periodical. It’s not quite clear from the press materials if these will be square bound but it seems unlikely.
The retail price is $4.97. Walmart already has a pretty robust section for kids books, including bestselling graphic novels, so putting these books where kids/parents who shop for kids go is another sound idea.
Unlike a previous DC initiative for Walmart, comics retailers may not be as incensed about this one, since it is aimed at beginning readers and not collectors. While the previous program for Walmart was predicted to be a blow to destroy the direct market, that did not happen.
The line kicks off with My First Comic – Batman, which will reprint stories from the Batman Adventures series. “No Asylum” is written by Ty Templeton with art by Rick Burchett, Terry Beatty, and Lee Loughridge. “Who Am I” is written by Dan Slott, with art by Templeton, Beatty, and Loughridge. The issue also includes “Fowl Play,” by Beatty and Templeton, with colors by Zylonol, and “Free Man,” written by Templeton, with art by Burchett, Beatty, and Loughridge.
In one, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck don the costumes of Batman and Superman for their own super-hero showdown in “Bat-Bunny vs. Superduck,” by writer Sholly Fisch, with art by Phillip Murphy and Carrie Strachan. The book also spotlights the high-speed hijinks of Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner in “Welcome Home,” written by Derek Fridolfs, with art by Robert Pope, Scott McRae, and Mohan Sivakami.
On the flip side, Derek Fridolfs, Robert Pope, Scott McRae, and Silvana Brys pit Bugs Bunny against Marvin the Martian (with a little help from Space Jam: A New Legacy’s Al G. Rhythm) in “Spaced Out,” followed by a preview of the Space Jam: A New Legacy original graphic novel, available now at Walmart, as well as at participating comic book retailers, book stores, and digital platforms.
I love the concept but I immediately thought oh good another book for collectors to buy up and the intended audience will likely never see them. I hope I am wrong.
Looks like CT and RI are the only states in the continental US not getting any of the books.
I live in CT
These going to be placed in the ‘collectibles’ section by the registers or in the books section?
retailers asked for years for 100 page giants with new and reprint material. DC made them for Wal-mart. We ask for kids comics. they make them for wal-mart.
The new DC is numb.
It’s a good thought, but the minute kids realize that regular comics are about 5 dollars I don’t see them going going for them, at least not the bloated event filled crossovers that seem to be all that DC and marvel are putting out these days.
$5 for a magazine isn’t bad. We’ll see if parents concur.
But there are kid’s graphic novels on sale for less than $10, at Walmart, Target, and even hardware and grocery stores. A book has a greater reputation than a magazine. That’s the new spinner rack.
How many of DC’s young reader graphic novels are found at Walmart? How successful is Penguin Random House at getting those titles on Walmart’s shelves?
What’s the reading level for these comics?
Can libraries subscribe to these titles?
(And can we please bury the “all-ages” label? These are kids comics. Not family comics. Not four-quadrant comics. Says so on the cover…”My First Comic“.)
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