Robert Kirkman in talks for GI Joe, licensed Transformers Comic – The Hollywood Reporter

The GI Joe and Transformers comics could have a new home.

Skybound, the footprint led by The walking dead creator Robert Kirkman, is in negotiations with Hasbro to acquire the publishing license for the two properties.

The potential deal would be a big loss for IDW, which has been making GI Joe and Transformer comics since the mid-2000s.

Kirkman, who is known to be a huge fan of toy brands and reportedly personally involved in the rights lawsuit, is not expected to write new comics. Additionally, if a deal is struck, the new books are unlikely to hit shelves until 2023.

Skybound did not comment.

Comics have been instrumental in the success of both brands, especially GI Joe. When Hasbro relaunched the toy line in 1982 as “GI Joe: A Real American Hero,” it teamed up with Marvel for a comedic tie-up as well as a Saturday morning cartoon. Each has been a huge success, helping to establish the popularity of characters like Snake-Eyes and Storm Shadow. The original Marvel-produced show ran from 1983 to 1986 (another version ran from 1989 to 1992), but the comic stuck until 1994. (The title was a nice boost for Marvel, including Star wars The comic, which had helped keep the business afloat in the late 1970s, came to a halt as the 1980s wore on.) Devil’s Due got the publishing license in 2001 and went on to relaunched the series from 2001 to 2008, IDW having picked it up at that time.

Marvel has also started releasing the Transformers comics, releasing the main title in 1984. The defunct Dreamwave Productions briefly licensed in the early 2000s before IDW grabbed it in 2005.

Licensed properties are an important part of the business plan for IDW, but in a troubling trend it has lost rights in recent times. IDW is also said to have lost its rights this year to a all ages Star wars comic And one marvel comics for all ages. Sources say Hasbro has not been happy with the publisher’s output in recent years.

Skybound, which is also a film and television production entity that oversees the huge Walking Dead franchise screen, releases its books via Image Comics. The imprint is known for its long lasting tubes such as Invincible, adapted as a blockbuster animated series for Amazon; Fire power; Birthright; and Manifest Destiny.

Joe and Transformers reportedly part of the growing licensing push for the company, which this year released comics based on video games Summoner’s War and Trover saves the universe. A title centered around the Lego brick brand will debut next year.

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