The previous incarnation of this thread hit 200 posts, so I figured we should probably start over to keep things relatively organized. (Mars, you can lock the old one.) Just so any newcomers to the thread don't repeat any issues from the first one, here's what we've already covered: February 1993 June 1993 August 1993 October 1993 December 1993 February 1994 March 1994 August 1994 November 1994 December 1994 March 1995 August 1995 October 1995 December 1995 April 1997 August 30, 1997 October 1997 February 1998 July 1998 April 1999 September 1999 Winter 2000 October 2000 October 2003 And what better way to kick off thread number two than with a loving look back at the very first issue of Disney Adventures, November 1990! This cover is iconic. You've seen it before, I'm sure - Mars has it in the Magazine Alley article. A few interesting things of note: the magazine only cost $1.95 back then (it had gone up to $3.50 by the 2000s), and it was considered an "official publication of the Disney Afternoon". Which would explain the limited selection of comics inside...but more on that later. What's the very first product to be advertised in DA? Starburst! The TV spots for "The Juice is Loose" campaign were more interesting than the print ads were. That ad for "Galaxy 5000" for the NES sure seems proud of those amazing graphics. Me, I can't even tell what I'm looking at. What the-- fan mail already?! Well, actually, if you want to get technical, this isn't the first issue of DA. They published a special preview issue in the summer of 1990 - I don't have it, and I don't know how it was distributed, but it probably encouraged kids to send in their fan letters for the "real" issue number one. The format for these early issues is pretty straightforward. Whichever celebrity is on the cover, they get a four-page interview right at the front of the magazine. Interesting to note that they were pushing this "cool nerd" idea years before the infamous Urkel issue. Here's a very haphazardly laid out Ticket, the section that survived the longest from the magazine's original incarnation (it lived well into the 2000s, though by that time it had been renamed Flash). DA really loved Wilson Phillips in 1990 - they gave them even more print space in the December issue. And now, presenting the very first comic to ever be printed in Disney Adventures..."Chip 'N Dale Rescue Rangers"! Here's a good example of how much space was in the magazine this early on - this is a two-part story, and they were able to put both parts in one issue. And it's long - it starts on page 29 and ends on page 52. Chip, Dale, Gadget, Monty, and Zipper hung around DA's pages for a surprisingly long time - I think their last comic appearance was in 1996. I guess that's the sort of prestige you earn when you're the first ones in. This month's Big Adventure is all about cowboys - and not the movie kind, but the real ones of the 1800s and today. I guess in 1990, kids still considered cowboys "cool". (Now it's all pirates this and ninjas that.) Backpack takes us all the way to Russia...whoops, sorry, I mean the Soviet Union. Forgot when I was for a second there. "TaleSpin" gets inducted into the comics anthology with "Louie's Ristorante". I've actually read this comic before - it was reprinted several years later in a promotional newsstands-only issue from the fall of 1992, which commemorated the premiere of "Goof Troop". (I don't have it anymore, but given that most of the content in it was recycled from previous issues, I don't consider it worth seeking out.) Cyber takes us inside the thrilling world of scoreboards. Excited yet? Here's the first "Duck Tales" comic. There were a lot of these early in the magazine's run, and quite a few of them were very handsomely drawn. I guess if you're drawing Scrooge McDuck, you can't escape at least a little bit of Carl Barks influence. The cowboy theme continues into this month's Impulse, a section that's all about action, action, action. There didn't seem to be enough about rodeo riders to fill out the whole section, though, so it segues into an article on race car drivers (and that wouldn't be the last time they'd talk about that, either.) Roger Rabbit bursts into the comics scene in another page that my scanner choked on. This was back when Roger was at the height of his popularity, and Disney was promoting him left and right ("Rollercoaster Rabbit", the second of three theatrical Roger shorts, had just been released in front of Dick Tracy several months prior). It's funny, because he's all over the magazine until May 1993, after which he suddenly disappears without a trace. But we know why. How would you pronounce this? Do you actually spell out "X-O-X-X-O-X", or do you just say "Zhocks-zhocks?" And we close out with the back cover. Here's something odd - I have two copies of this issue, and sure enough, the local station logo on the bottom of this ad differs between the two. Apparently, they actually printed the logos of different local syndicates depending on where the magazine was sold. What, was the phrase "Check your local listings" too confusing?