If you’re like me, you might be confused about the difference between the various publishers of Doctor Who comics. There have been many.
In the 1980s Marvel Comics had their own line of Doctor Who comics. With the television reboot IDW was pushing modern Doctor Who books. Nowadays there are two main publishers: Titan Comics and Panini Books.
In the simplest terms: Titan publishes new comic books and graphic novel adventures, Panini collects and reprints Doctor Who comics that have been featured in Doctor Who Magazine.
Titan Comics gained the rights to Doctor Who comics over four years ago. Since then they have published ongoing series for the Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh and Twelfth Doctors. They also reprint series from when IDW published Doctor Who comics, including the amazing Prisoners of Time series. They have also had miniseries for the Third, Fourth and Eighth Doctors. All of their main lines are coming to an end, with relaunches planned for his summer. There is plenty of evidence they will include the new Thirteenth Doctor in their relaunch plans. Titan also does a stellar job of having a yearly crossover story involving all the modern Doctors without jarring the television show continuity.
Panini Books collects and prints comics from the Doctor Who Magazine, which the company also produces. Since the magazine has been in publication for so long there is a plethora of Classic Doctor collected adventures. This is the series that featured the introduction of shapeshifting penguin Sixth Doctor companion, Frobisher. With absolutely astounding art and oversized books to match magazine sized formatting, these editions can be shorter stories, with art that is extremely rich in detail.
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