IDW Loses the G.I. Joe and Transformers Comic Licenses

IDW Publishing became the fifth most popular comic book publisher in America due to the success of their Ghostbusters and Star Trek adaptions. The company will lose both the Transformers and G.I. Joe licenses at the end of the year.

The two franchises have been cornerstones of IDW for the last two decades. The company has published over 75 different series, mini-series, and one-shots since they acquired the Transformers license in 2005. IDW lost the rights to make all-ages Star Wars and Marvel last year.

It is not all bad news. G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero #300 is a comic written by Larry Hama and was published by Marvel in the 1980s. The Hollywood Reporter reports that IDW will keep other intellectual property owned by Hasbro, including My Little Pony.

You might think that the two comics would head to the other side of the world, since the publisher has an incredibly close relationship with the company and it makes merchandise based on the publisher's superhero comics and live-action work. Skybound Entertainment was talking to the creator of The Walking Dead about taking over the two franchises.

Someone will make more Transformers and G.I. Joe comics eventually, so if you are a fan, don't worry. It's not IDW.

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