Marvel to publish limbo'ed <i>Muppets</i> story in July

Last year BOOM! Studios' licenses for the various Disney properties expired, and one of the casualties of that was a four-issue Muppets arc by Roger Langridge that had not been printed yet. "As far as I understand it, the unpublished work I’ve done for Boom isn’t technically Disney’s until it’s published, and obviously Boom can’t publish it without a license," Langridge said at the time. "So it’s in a kind of limbo right now. In the best of all possible worlds, I’d like to think that Boom and Marvel can come to some kind of arrangement whereby Marvel can eventually release the work."

Apparently some sort of arrangement has been reached, as Marvel has solicited the first issue of a four-issue Muppets miniseries for July, featuring that "lost" story by Langridge. Here's the solicitation:

MUPPETS #1 (of 4)The four-part Muppet Show story “The Four Seasons” - for the first time in print!Written by ROGER LANGRIDGEArt by ROGER LANGRIDGECover by TBD• Kermit and the gang put on a show to celebrate spring’s arrival at the Muppet Theatre!• A special guest — Meredith the Mountain Gorilla — arrives to perform on the Muppet Show, and her many admirers compete for her affections.32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

The miniseries follows Marvel's reprintings of other Muppets material produced by Langridge while BOOM! had the license. Langridge said he wasn't aware that Marvel was publishing the comic until he read it on the internet, but he did know it would be published in Italy.

"I've been working with Disney Italy on a few things they wanted tweaked (they needed Gonzo's nose redrawing), so presumably that's where Marvel are getting it from," he said on his blog, adding, "If anyone from the appropriate department of Marvel is reading this, I can send you my scripts if you want, rather than translating from Italian back into English. (I remember reading British Disney comics as a kid where Carl Barks' dialogue had been totally rewritten and it made my teeth hurt.)"

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