Less than a week after the final issue of Super Friends hit shelves, DC Comics has announced the cancellation of two more titles in its all-ages imprint.
The publisher’s October solicitations, released yesterday afternoon, reveal that Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam will end with Issue 21 and Batman: The Brave and the Bold with Issue 22. As Johanna Draper Carlson notes, that leaves Tiny Titans, which begins a three-issue crossover with Little Archie, as the lone remaining superhero title in the Johnny DC line. The other comics are based on Warner Bros. animated properties: Cartoon Network Action Pack, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and Looney Tunes.
The DC Comics section of KidsWB.com is a memorial to recently departed all-ages superhero books, with “free reads” of the first issues of Justice League Unlimited (2004-2008), Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the Eighth Grade (2009-2009), Super Friends (2008-2010) and, now, Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam (2008-2010) and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2009-2010).
The demise of Batman: The Brave and the Bold seems odd, and perhaps only temporary, considering the apparent popularity of the Cartoon Network animated series and the planned release in September of the video game. Then again, Super Friends‘ connection to a Mattel toy line didn’t save that comic from the ax.