When Disney bought Marvel, there was much speculation that the Italian comic market, one of the few in which Disney actually published comic books themselves, may see Disney publishing more titles and pulling the licences from Panini, who had the Marvel rights.
Instead, what occurred was mostly masterful inaction. Until this week… When the opposite of what was speculated happened.
Instead of Disney pulling in the Marvel rights, they have instead given up their publishing rights to Mickey Mouse, handing the long running weekly comic Topolino, starring Mickey Mouse, with over three thousand issues to its name, to Panini.
This will also involve twenty-two employees moving from Disney to Panini, a tenth of the total number of staff, having to move from Milan instead of moving to Moden. However the move across the country has not gone down well with affected employees and strike action is likely very soon.