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It started with the Muppet Babies in the early 80's.  Suddenly, everyone was jumping on the bandwagon to make cute younger marketable versions of their characters.  (Not only did I notice this, but it was lampooned by others from Steve Purcell in Sam And Max -- Freelance Police to Making It by former Blue Sky Ranger Keith Robinson).  And it continues to this day.  A series is creatively bankrupt?  Make 'em kids!  The licensing rights alone will make it worthwhile.

Now, lately, the baby versions have been happening and actually have some good stuff.  Tiny Titans is great stuff, for example.  Marvel's Super Hero Super Squad?  ...not so much.  But they are getting out there not because they've wrung everything they can out of their "parent" series but because it's the thing to do.

Now comes word that Archie is publishing its first graphic novel.  Archie Babies.



Maybe Sound Waves Babies...nah, the girls are only 14.  So much for the gravy train.

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