Titan Comics two UK news stand Doctor Who titles – Doctor Who Comic and Tales from the TARDIS – will merge next month.
The larger A4 format Doctor Who Conic breathes its last with the issue on sale now, with strips from the title continuing in the smaller US format Tales from the TARDIS #4, which in most WH Smiths has been racked alongside Doctor Who Magazine, 2000AD and other teenager titles.
“Sadly, this isn’t unexpected,” notes British comic creator and archivist Lew Stringer. “Titan’s decision to launch Doctor Who Comic as a nice big A4 size publication was a welcome move that showed off the art better but it immediately met with problems.
“Even though Titan had a ‘Rated T teen’ advisory on the barcode, most branches of WH Smith I visited tended to stock it alongside the younger readers comics such as The Beano and nursery titles. (In my local branch it was often tucked behind Doctor Who Adventures so no one could even see it!).”
Although fans of Doctor Who Comic will be disappointed by this unofficial merger of the two TITAN titles, the merger may come as a welcome relief to cash-strapped collectors already reeling, perhaps, from the number of available titles featuring their favourite Time Lord on newsagents shelves.
Rival publisher Panini will surely be hoping the disappearance of the often wrongly-racked Doctor Who Comic will result in increased sales for their own, intentionally junior reader oriented Doctor Who Adventures.