Marvel and parent company Disney are pulling the Muppet Show comics out of limbo—at least one of them. Marvel announced yesterday that it will publish Meet the Muppets, a 96-page Muppet Show comic written and illustrated by Roger Langridge, in a magazine format for $5.99. This is the first we have heard of Marvel publishing a Muppets comic, although it's not too surprising, as they recently announced a new comics magazine based on their Pixar properties. BOOM! Studios had previously held the license for both the Pixar and the Muppets comics, and it looks like both magazines are reprints of that material. BOOM!'s version of Meet the Muppets was released two years ago as a graphic novel, although Marvel's edition has a larger format (with fewer pages) and a lower price.
Langridge commented at Bleeding Cool,
I have to say this is the first I've heard of any of this, though I'm glad the material will continue to be out there and available.
At the time of the Pixar changeover, all the parties were curiously quiet about the Muppets license. Now that this book has been announced, perhaps we will hear about the fate of the unpublished Muppets comics, a four-comic series titled The Four Seasons, which are currently in limbo, with no announced plans from BOOM! or Marvel to publish them.
Update: When asked about the project, BOOM! sent the following response:
"I've said it before and I'll say it again, the team at Marvel are a group I respect greatly and consider friends. It's exciting to see them republish Harvey Award-winning BOOM! content from the incomparable Roger Langridge. Susan Butterworth and the entire Muppet Studios team are fantastic people, and they were a joy to work with. With any luck, Roger's unpublished FOUR SEASONS arc will find success on their publishing schedule," said BOOM! Studios founder and CEO Ross Richie.