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9/15/2013

D&D & Marvel & DC

So I noticed something interesting today. Apparently Marvel Books put out some AD&D board books for kids in the 80s. Some of these characters look pretty familiar:


So why didn't Marvel pick up the rights to do some AD&D comic books? It seems like it would've been a no-brainer. Instead we got DC's take:


So what gives? What happened behind the scenes?

6 comments:

  1. I haven't checked the dates for the books and comics you showed, but maybe DC already had a contract specific to comics and all Marvel could do was illustrated books?

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  2. Maybe the kids books were part of the deal for licensing the Marvel Superheroes RPG? How or why, I have no idea. Just a wild idea to throw out there.

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  3. Too bad TSR couldn't get more Earl Norem art. Those DC comics with the "hair metal" centaur should be rounded up and burned.

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  4. Ringlerun the Wizard. Sweet.


    I still have the old AD&D colorforms set with all the say characters. The ones they made the action figures of.

    What a shame they didn't use those characters in the cartoon as opposed to that baby unicorn and crap.

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  5. or thats the bad guy wizard.

    Wanna say Zardoz but he's not coughing up guns for the campers.

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  6. the evil wizard was Kelek I believe and Zardoz was the half orc assassin. I used to have a lot of the action figures and even had stickers of all the characters (those puffy stickers from the early 80s). I seem to recall Kelek was in an episode of the cartoon where he was stealing unicorn horns and had a small army of worgs at his command.

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