Dynamite Wins Voltron License

Dynamite Wins Voltron License

A press release from Classic Media and World Event Productions indicates that Dynamic Forces the parent company of Dynamite Entertainment has acquired the rights to publish new comic books and graphic novels based on the classic Voltron property. Last spring news leaked out that Moonstone Books had been out bid in attempt to secure the Voltron license, though Moonstone was given rights to publish a Voltron coffeetable book as a sort of consolation prize. It appears that Voltron marks the third time Dynamite was able to outbid Moonstone Books for a vintage property, since previously Dynamite snagged the rights to the Green Hornet and wrested the Phantom comic book rights away from Moonstone.

Dynamite has not yet announced the acquisition of the property or the date of release of its Voltron comic. The most recent Voltron comics were published by Devil’s Due, which acquired the license in 2002. Devil’s Due published a five-issue mini-series followed by an 11-issue ongoing Voltron series that ended in 2005. A second 5-issue miniseries from Devil’s Due debuted in 2008 and marked the end of the modern era of Voltron comics.

But the Voltron property appears to be on the verge of a major revival. The Voltron Force cartoon series will debut on Nicktoons this year. Powerhouse toymaker Mattel is on board as the master toy licensee, and Viz Media has acquired the rights to publish Voltron Force graphic novels for kids. Video game maker THQ has acquired the rights to produce video games based on the Voltron franchise.

Not only is the Voltron TV series happening, but the long-gestating Voltron feature film project is building up a head of steam and could potentially hit theaters in 2013 or 2014. According to New York Magazine’s Vulture blog there is a spirited bidding war among Hollywood studios for a big budget Voltron feature film with Paramount, a studio with a dearth of tentpole properties and perhaps an “in” due to the fact that it is a sister company to Nicktoons where Voltron Force airs, in the lead.

2 Responses to “Dynamite Wins Voltron License”

  1. Bob says:

    Only a matter of time until we are deluged with multiple Voltron series….. Aspiring artists should brush up on drawing Voltron, Dynamite will be needed several hundred covers to put on the 1st 10 comics they publish…..

  2. Lord Shaper says:

    I’m wondering if they are going to have different covers for the 2 different Voltrons or will there be 2 books coming out. One for the car and one for the lion?