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Hey, Where's Perry? by jbwarner86 Hey, Where's Perry? by jbwarner86
I've mentioned in the past that I have a nearly complete collection of Disney Adventures, my favorite magazine from when I was a kid. In the 1990s, each issue was packed with comics, games, sports, entertainment news, noteworthy trivia, and in-depth articles on every fascinating subject imaginable - sharks, race cars, volcanoes, survival tactics, dinosaurs, pretty much anything and everything that's ever been awesome in the eyes of kids.

But by the time publication ceased in November 2007, the magazine had become a pathetic shadow of its former self, basically existing as naught but an 84-page advertisement for the Disney Channel. Every issue was devoted to whatever Disney or Pixar movie was out at the time - and if there wasn't one, they just slapped something together about Hannah Montana or High School Musical. The last issue was practically a mercy kill.

But what if it had kept going? And what if they'd gotten their act together and stopped shilling endlessly for the company that fed them? I got the idea to bust out Photoshop and build my own covers for issues of Disney Adventures that might exist today. It all sprung from my idea for this particular cover - using the magazine's long-standing motif of pairing a celebrity with an animated Disney character on the cover every month, teaming up Katy Perry with Perry the Platypus was too perfect to pass up. I still wanna do more of these, too - it's fun!
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PrincessBeautiful Featured By Owner May 10, 2015
*sigh* Disney Adventures magazine hasn't returned since 2007.
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WayCool64 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Student Filmographer
I miss Disney Adventures as well as Nickelodeon Magazine. And unfortunately Nintendo Power (another magazine I like) is going to cease publication as well. Why is it that every magazine I like always goes away sooner or later!
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PS286 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2011
Another reason why the 90's were awesome.
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SuperLeviathan Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2011
I remember reading (and liking) Disney Adventures, too. Since it was shut down well before the recession hit in earnest, It's kind of sad to think that it (and Nick's magazine) simply no long have much of a place.

This is a perfect mock-up. Not only would we have seen something like this if DA was still around, we might even have gotten a couple of cool Phineas and Ferb comics to go with it.
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toongrowner Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know what you mean. I have almost every issue. They were awesome til they made it all about Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place and that crap. The 90s issues were better. great work
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Aeolus06 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I know what you mean. I have almost every issue. They were awesome til they made it all about Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place and that crap. The 90s issues were better. great work
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LordRobrainiac Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2011  Student Filmographer
I used to love getting disney adventures. Heck, I used to have a subscription to it... But unfortunately, I renewed my subscription, unaware of how much the magazine had gone downhill. I can't tell you how embarrassing it was when dad came in telling me "Hey, your subscription to Hanna Montana Monthly arrived."

When I looked at it I saw Hanna Montana, right on the cover... :P
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
My subscription ran out in late 2002 (I had the option to renew, but I was 15, and my dad said he wasn't going to pay for me to receive a kids' magazine anymore), and it wasn't until I started collecting the whole run of the magazine off eBay that I realized I stopped at just the right time - DA certainly didn't get any better as the years progressed. It hit rock bottom in 2006 and started digging in 2007.
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DjMak Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I was a subscriber of that magazine and it use to advertise VMK and such. Sadly this magazine is gone and so as VMK a year later.
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Maetch Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
My Lord, this brings me back. I had been a fan of the magazine since almost the beginning, and they never failed to get me glancing into that mailbox every month.

The comics were the best part, back before Disney gave up on making stories based on their cartoons and started making crappy original comics. To me, DA's finest hour was their comic series Legend of the Chaos God, a five-part epic that took five completely unrelated shows and tied them together in a somewhat dark story you wouldn't expect from Disney. Good stuff!
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2011
Yes, the Chaos God saga was a brilliant arc! I don't think any comic they ever printed succeeded in matching it - except when they reprinted Jeff Smith's Bone, of course.

But it really is pitiful to see how horrible the comics had become by the end of DA's run. Kid Gravity was annoying, Gorilla Gorilla was confusing, and the Jet Pack Pets were just all-around awful, and that's not even getting into their crappy adaptations of the Disney shows of the time. It disappoints me greatly that they reduced Kim Possible, one of the cleverest and most densely-populated shows on the Disney Channel, to a lame series of one-to-two page gags every month (and someone on staff must have thought Rufus was the funniest damn thing ever, because he was the focus of about three-fourths of the Kim Possible comics DA printed). Like I said, mercy-kill.

Had the magazine kept running, I would have loved to see them get a new comics editor who would bring back the longer, more character-driven style of writing that the comics had in the '90s. Or hell, if you can't get a new editor, bring back Heidi MacDonald - she was the one who made the Comics Zone great, and everyone knows it. I have this idea for a Kim Possible/Phineas and Ferb crossover [link] that would work great as a 10-part Disney Adventures comic, printed chapter by chapter over the course of an entire year.
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Maetch Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2011
Bone did suffer some forced editing from DA (such as in the last part where they completely skip over Phoney's meeting with the Hooded One), but even that's still better than the crud DA had in the end. Still, even in the glory days, the comics did have some duds (like that one story where Mickey and his pals get drafted into an alien war. I couldn't make any sense of it, and the art style was painful).

On the other hand, Darkwing Duck got some of the best comic storylines, especially when they went and made up all-new villains (like Fluffy or Mondo). They recently reprinted some of the early DW comic stories in a trade, and I'm hoping they'll keep reprinting more.

And Disney's obsession with Rufus and Ron is why I gave up on Kim Possible. I watch the show to see HER win, not to see the sidekick and his Mary-Sue rodent make her look useless.
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
For half a second, I thought it was real XD
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Dragonrider1227 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
That would be AWESOME!!
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Code-E Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Student General Artist
Now this was a cool magazine back in the day! I think (and hope) I still have a whole bunch of them in a box somewhere in my attic. Really awesome cover. Looks totally legit! And gotta admit the pun makes me chuckle.
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Candimente Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Student Filmographer
:cries: I miss Disney Adventures! I know it got kind of crummy towards the end, and I only started following the magazine in 2000-ish, but even so... I still reread all the old issues I collected over the years. Good times.

Having said that, this is a nicely-designed DA cover. Not too cluttered and yet still interesting enough to capture the attention of Disney fans. :la:
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supersonichero Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG, my childhood is coming back to me. :D
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ManiacComics Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011
This looks so totally authentic it makes me want to scream "I WANT that issue!!!".

Kind of sad to see Disney Adventures go. Seeing how I've had some issues myself as a kid, it was certainly a part of my childhood that I know now won't be part of anyone else's in this generation.
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JFP Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
Do you think Disney Adventures would have covered the Scott Pilgrim at some point, or would that be considered a bit too mature for the magazine's audience?
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jbwarner86 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011
Well, DA did report on a lot of kid-unfriendly stuff throughout the 1990s (Jurassic Park, Terminator 2, "The X-Files", Alanis Morissette, etc. - they probably knew that kids followed this stuff behind their parents' backs), but by the 2000s, they were pretty much restricted to kids' entertainment - especially in their final two years, when they were required to report on whatever the Disney company was doing at the time.

But if I were in charge, I'd bring the magazine back to its content-filled glory days, and so there'd definitely be a bit of stuff in there that straddles the line. A cover story on Katy Perry is plenty of evidence in that regard - and in planning more of these covers, I picked a few more celebrities whose work is sort of in the teen-to-young adult range. I have ideas for covers featuring Robert Pattinson, Robert Downey Jr., Daniel Radcliffe, and Avril Lavigne, among others.
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Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nickelodeon Magazine went thru a similar blight before ending in 2009.

It seems with the exception of Highlights, the era of kids' magazines is long gone.
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MightyMorphinPower4 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011
eXLLCENT WORK
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spleen2 Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
I kissed a platypus and I liked it.
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UncleScooter Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Professional Artist
Very nice, Jesse! That was an awesome magazine back in its heyday.

Oh, that lucky platypus...:XD:
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kate sharing the cover with a real star.
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SuperMarioSuperStar Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011   General Artist
I remember that magazine. I loved getting it in the mail.
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Mighty-Morphin-Mimi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Filmographer
omg i thought this magazine disappeared, i haven't seen it in forever...i love this when i was a kid
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wesker991 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
LoL! For a sec I thought this was real! I used to read it all the time. The only one I saved was the Michael Jackson one with pinoccio. It was from '93 I think.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so true. Disney Adventures was my favorite magazine in the 90's and I and every issue! I loved it, loved it, loved it!!!! But, sadly it did fade in quality. So true, so true............ :(
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WidowShark Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great job! For a second I thought they'd revived this magazine. Although, I don't think it would (or even could) ever go back to what it was...look at what they've done to the Disney Channel itself.

Actually, most magazines nowadays are 85% product placement and 15% article. There's just no money it it anymore with the internet.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree. Disney Channel sucks. Remember in the 80's and 90's when they actually showed awesome stuff?! It wasn't all about teeny boppers and turning their tv stars into overnight music sensations(who actually suck by the way). I miss that so much! It can never go back to the way it was unfortunately.........
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Yeldarb86 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
The Disney Channel used to be my main TV domain in early childhood.

While far from the ideal network, ABC Family now shows a more diverse range of programming, including Disney films, than the actual Disney Channel.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is definitely true. Also, every once in a while, I'll flip through the channels and Disney XD is showing a lot of Disney movies, and even Pixar movies.
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WidowShark Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I know. :(

Well, there are still a couple things on there I like, but even so, I don't go out of my way to watch them (Phineas and Ferb for example).

And, even though I didn't watch it as a kid, I wish they'd bring back Vault Disney. Or even do what Nickelodeon is doing and bring back some of their 90s shows at night.
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ArtsyMaria Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree, that 90's are All That is going to be SO AWESOME! Vault Disney was really cool too. Zorro is the best! :D
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WidowShark Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD:
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SuperStinkWarrior Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
You know. I actually do miss DAdv in a strange way. Such a long time ago. :P
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Symbionia Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I love Disney Adventures & Nickelodeon Magazine as a kid; great design Jesse!!!!
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LiLy-Sohpia-Evens Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I loved one of the comics alot. I think it was called "Gloomy" or something. I think she was a witch with pink(?) hair and pigtails. I think she had some friends that were a mummy or something. Does anyone remember that?
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Emjaidi Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Oh man, how I miss Disney Adventures. This mock up is too perfect.
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LoudNoises Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I used to get those magazines when I was a kid as well. Except that I threw mine out and kept the pages I wanted to keep!
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grimphantom Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I so remember those days, i really enjoyed reading Disney Adventures with all the cool stuff it had before especially the mini comics of their cartoon shows back then and remember some Simpsons comics in it, also at the time where Nick Magazines was cool. You actually made justice here since the way i see it reminds me of those all days and i was like whoa they are still making Disney Adventures?
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LiensriiLovely Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
That's GENIUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love it!
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DynoStretch Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
I still remember the first issue's cover featuring Rock Moranis and Baloo in a cave being attacked by bats. XD

And I loved those older comics, they really put a lot of effort into the story telling.
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VoltzVisual Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I miss Disney Adventures magazine! I remember always checking them out at the library back in elementary school and always reading them in the doctor's office :D Very nice!
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RogueMankey Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011
That's just scary.
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NeoPrankster Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I would totally buy that issue.
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cooltee100 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I missed that magazine. :(
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rwmead Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This definitely looks like it could be a real Disney Adventures cover. The "Katy Perry/Perry the Platypus" joke has been done to death, but in all honesty, is there any other Disney character she could be paired with? No. No there isn't.
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