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Disney Pixar CARS: Boom Comics Recap Checklist & SDCC CARS Panel Video (UPDATE!)

In case you missed it, there is an ongoing CARS comic book series from Boom Studios.

They are fun back stories of the main characters of CARS – how Lightning got his name, how he met Mack and how all the citizens of Radiator Springs arrived there or decided to stay …

There has been one completed story arc and one ongoing one with another on coming.

The first four issues covered how Lightning McQueen became Lightning and met his friend, Mack. The first 4 issues was covered in a story arc called:

CARS: The Rookie

Issue #1 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right). SOLD OUT!


Retailer Variant #1 Cover C


Issue #2 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Retailer Variant #2 Cover C


Issue #3 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Retailer Variant #3 Cover C


Issue #4 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Issue #1 is SOLD OUT so to complete the series, they have reprinted CARS: The Rookie #1 and it’s the cover on the left. There was also a limited edition foil cover version of #1.


The CURRENT 4-issue story arc covers some of the other townies including Flo & Ramone, Sarge & Fillmore, Luigi & Guido, and Mater & Sheriff, is called:

CARS: Radiator Springs

(as limited series, their numbering goes back to #1)

Issue #1 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Retailer Variant Cover Radiator Springs #1 C


Issue #2 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Issue #3 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


Issue #4 Cover A (left) and Cover B (right).


No artwork yet for the series after that which apparently will involve other racers coming to Radiator Springs to take on Lightning. I believe it will be titled CARS: Radiator Springs Rally.

Here is a prelim cover (thanks TurboTrex).

Rally #0 small

Remember to support your local comic book store by ordering it through them – most will include a free cardboard backing and protective sheet if you PREORDER – so call and ask. Supposedly, Barnes & Noble was going to carry & sell the series but I cannot confirm that.

And of course, when you order from your local comic book store, you can specify A or B cover (or both).

You can also order directly online from BOOM STUDIOS.

And thanks for the heads up, TrboTrex – the hardcover & softcover of the first 4 issues have been compiled into a book – the hardcover is $16.49 and the softcover is $9.99 (pre-order Amazon links).


The Limited Edition Hardcover only available at SDCC 2009 featured the #1 C Cover art:

book cover2

Thanks NascarBroncofan, SlicePie & Rumbler74 for the variant & update pics/cover scans. Thanks!

The writer of the comic book series, Alan Porter was kind enough to join us at our SDCC panel in July. Alan was also joined by Allen Gladfelter, artist of the CARS comic book series.

Because of the YouTube limitation of 10-minutes, the SDCC presentation which also featured Martin Arriola of Mattel will be presented in a variety of parts – I have split the CARS comic book portion into these two videos.

Because the first day’s panel ran late and the group before us would not stop talking – we had to rush in to set up and didn’t get all the technical details worked out – so I had to recreated part of the presentation with Alan’s audio over it – and of course, having to trim to fit into YouTube’s limitation – so sorry, Alan, your presentation doesn’t get the full showcase it deserves – trust me, he was great and very entertaining … our handheld video also doesn’t do his presentation justice – thanks Alan!

Alan is joined by artist Allen Gladfelter in the next clip, the Q&A session afterwards – and again, apologizes as we ran out of videotape but one thing is clear – both Alan & Allen are huge CARS fans – they were not just randomly assigned to CARS, some “kids” comic – but both asked to work on it and have brought their great talents to CARS the comics. For those who have not been reading along, the stories, their presentation & their art has been great and FUN. You can tell they are true fans – as they respect and understand the characters through their story presentation and through the great art & visuals. My ONLY complaint is it takes too long between issues 🙂

Thanks for joining us Alan & Allen at SDCC and again, for everyone else – be sure to add the CARS comics to your list.

You can read the original interview with Alan Porter HERE.

And ALSO, for fans of Star Trek & Star Trek comics, Alan has also put together an amazing book. The publisher had a booth at SDCC and I looked through it – while I’m not an expert of Star Trek comics, it is a complete compendium of Star Trek comics – with hundreds/thousands of fun photos and illusrations – and incredibly well researched. So, if you’re a fan if Star Trek and or comics – you also definitely want this on your shelf!

Star Trek: A Comics History


And while I’m not all that familiar with the comic-illustration history of James Bond, I’m sure this book from Alan is very cool and interesting also.


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8 September 2009 comics, Mattel Disney Pixar CARS 29 Comments


  • Raika Miligan says:

    Those videos are great and I noticed there is some penciled pages by Silvio Spotti.
    Fantastic!!! I´m looking to see more.
    Is there pages by Carreres to?
    I read both series too.

    (MET: Yes, there are different artists for the interior).

  • Bob Carsmaniac says:

    I´m crazy about the Cars series and my favorite is Radiator Springs.
    Because it tell what happens before the film.
    And I think the art is very appealing to me.
    Is very very hard for me to chose between Albert Carrees and Silvio Spotti.
    So I´m buying both books 🙂

  • Clara Mackenzie says:

    I like both series.
    The Rookie and Radiator Springs.
    I´m looking for the trade paper back on Radiator springs,so I get
    all of it in one pack.
    I like Radiator, because it tell who those cars are and I think
    the first issue is very romantic and fun to read.
    For me Both have great and fun art too.
    I hope to see more stuff from both artists and writers in a near future.
    Not all of us, enjoy super hero comics and Boom just got it.

  • Dunroamin says:

    motorama girls variant cover on eBay…17.99…ick

  • Allen Gladfelter says:

    In answer to the question of why I am not doing the art for the Radiator Springs issues. The fact is, Boom Studios asked me to, but I have a prior committment that will not allow me to take on the monthly interior art chores for Cars. So they have done me the honor of allowing me to continue to do the covers! I’m very pleased with that! Hopefully, when I am done with my other art committments, and my plate is clear, I will get to take on the interiors for Cars. That would be great!

  • Flik'sFriend says:

    Loved the catchy “Newlywed Game” music… now I will have it stuck in my head all night!!! Great job on the videos!!!!

  • rumbler74 says:

    I believe Allen Gladfelter does the cover art only for both The Rookie and Radiators Springs issues. The interior art for The Rookie was done by Albert Carreres, the interior art for Radiator Springs was done by Silvio Spotti. There is currently an auction on ebay going on to benefit “The Hero Initiative”, the first-ever federally chartered non-profit corporation dedicated to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and entrée back into paying work.

    The item is the penciled cover art for Radiator Springs done by Allen Gladfelter. Check it out. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290347711392&fromMakeTrack=true&ssPageName=VIP:watchlink:top:en

    Support anyway you can and good luck.

  • Monica says:

    Alan Porter was such a delight and really a true Cars fan! Allen Gladfelter seemed really honored to be working on the series and very talented. From what they said at the panel, it seemed like they were both continuing with the series, I didn’t realize there was a different artist(s) fot the Radiator Springs arc.

  • 5oclockshadow says:

    how come Allen isn’t doing the art on the Radiator Springs issues?

  • Dunroamin says:

    hey MET,
    The post is Missing the Rookie Issue 2 with the black cover and the spedometer on it.
    Also, I need the foil cover to complete my collection…Anyone have one?

    (MET: Got a scan of the other cover? Thanks).

  • Nascarfan says:

    There was a few photographers there taking pics including Al V whom I would like to get copies of pictures from.

    please send the full sized pictures to


  • Micky says:

    I would have collected these if they had only one cover per issue. Like many other comics, they do two or more covers per issue to get the collector to buy them all. A special additional cover once in a while is fine, but not every issue.

    • Micky says:

      Not wanting to be totally negative, I thought I’d add some positives to my above post. Thanks Met for the video. It gave those of us who could not attend the SDCC a peak at what went on. I’m looking forward to seeing Martin’s video next. Also, the comics are really nice, good quality printing and paper (for a comic). I’m sure kids will enjoy reading them 🙂

  • Ensign Eddie says:

    The first arc (“The Rookie”) has been collected in a trade paperback for $9.99 for those that missed it. There is also one for the first arc of “The Incredibles” (“Family Matters”).

    I think the “The Incredibles” comic is a little better than the “Cars” comic. But then, the subject is much more comic-y to begin with.

    Unfortunately, the same team that did “The Rookie” did not do the first issue of “Radiator Springs” and it shows. The artwork really didn’t do it for me.

  • cac1959 says:

    I need to find these somewhere… I have many issues of the Cars Magazine from friends in the UK, and these would be good to pick up too.

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