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Michael Tagge
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Looking to chit chat for suggestions. My two boys have plenty of aunts and uncles that want to get them presents, but the last thing we need are more physical toys. So I figure we might ask for well wishing relatives to get them some comic subscriptions for Christmas.

So. . . What comics might be appropriate for 5 & 7 year old boys. They have no problems reading chapter books and are well beyond their grade levels. Personally I'm partial to Marvel as it's what I read growing up, but DC or something else would be alright. I think Spidey is better oriented towards younger readers, but I'm out of touch.

Thanks.
 
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For better or worse, they make all sorts of comics based on current and past tv shows: Adventure Time, Teen Titans, Simpsons, Bob's Burgers.
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Scooby Doo (published by DC) is harmless, though maybe a bit advanced for the younger one. It's cheap by subscription. Bongo Comics publishes Simpsons and Futurama, and they are really really great (though a bit naughty), but they have a no subscriptions policy (designed to get people to visit comics stores or newsstands). IDW is publishing the Disney lineup, but I don't know if subscriptions exist, and I couldn't determine this by Googling.
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Unfortunately comics have priced themselves out of the kids market for the most part. No kid wants to spend 3-4 bucks a month of precious allowance for something they will read in 15 min. If you search for DC comics rated E you can find what they are putting out currently.

Squirrel Girl from Marvel is pretty amazing right now.

Usagi Yojimbo recently came back from a hiatus, but it features quite a bit of cartoony death and violence (not especially gruesome, death is usually represented by a skull in a speech bubble.) It's been one of the consistently best comics for years now.

Lumberjanes is fun and awesome but it has a grrl power angle that might not appeal to young boys, or they might not even notice. It's about a summer camp plagued by weird monsters.

One resource you don't want to neglect are the boxes and boxes of backissues at most comic shops. Often you can get stuff at or below cover price, probably even from the era of comics you remember fondly. For 40 bucks you could get a stack of comics and give them out as rewards or just dole them out one per week.

There are silver age reprints that are appropriate, but they are always in black and white which kids don't seem too fond of.
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JoshBot wrote:
Scooby Doo (published by DC) is harmless, though maybe a bit advanced for the younger one. It's cheap by subscription. Bongo Comics publishes Simpsons and Futurama, and they are really really great (though a bit naughty), but they have a no subscriptions policy (designed to get people to visit comics stores or newsstands). IDW is publishing the Disney lineup, but I don't know if subscriptions exist, and I couldn't determine this by Googling.


Going to second this. IDW is currently mining decades of non-US stories, instead of reprinting Barks, Rosa, and Gottfredson again. It is surprisingly good, and there is just soooo much stuff out there for them to print, and it isn't dumbed down either. Seems very competently translated as well, with modern production processes and values.
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I would look at Bone.
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JoshBot wrote:
Scooby Doo (published by DC) is harmless, though maybe a bit advanced for the younger one. It's cheap by subscription. Bongo Comics publishes Simpsons and Futurama, and they are really really great (though a bit naughty), but they have a no subscriptions policy (designed to get people to visit comics stores or newsstands). IDW is publishing the Disney lineup, but I don't know if subscriptions exist, and I couldn't determine this by Googling.
Scooby Doo might be the perfect answer. Thanks, I might try that one.
 
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Another recommendation for Adventure Time.

My son subscribed when it first came out and still loves it. It is extremely well done. Great artwork, funny - sometimes laugh out loud, and they do some really bizarre and creative things with it.
 
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There are only a couple of these so it won't work as a subscription, but look at the Sticky Burr graphic novels. A neat story and lovely art.
 
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