Colbert Bump: DA's reprints of "Out From Boneville" introduced the indie comic Bone to a more mainstream audience who might not have known about it otherwise.
Executive Meddling: The magazine went from a fairly independent publication (albeit backed by Disney) that featured full articles, educational material, and professional comics artists (at one point it even ran reprints of Bone), but in later years it got watered down immensely.
Fleeting Demographic Rule: There were articles on historical topics (such as mummies and space) that the magazine would reuse after a few years, with new illustrations/images of course.
Hey, It's That Guy!: In a sort of meta, "wow, here is a familiar name in the staff box" sort of way. Marv Wolfman (yes, thatMarvWolfman) was DA's comics editor in the early-to-mid '90s.
Followed by Heidi MacDonald, who may be a familiar name to comics fans as well.
One of Heidi's editorial assistants was Cliff Chiang, who some comics fans may recognize from his work for DC Comics.
The comics editor for the preview issue was Len Wein.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: eBay is your best bet to obtain these comics; except for some being reprinted in Disney's Colossal Comics Collection, most of them have never been reprinted.
Averted with "Return to Blaggard Castle", which was included as a bonus story in volume 2 of The Floyd Gottfredson Library, fittingly enough the volume that contains the original Blaggard Castle story.
One of Us: The magazine's staff absolutely relished showing their nerd cred throughout The Nineties. This was predominant during Phyllis Ehrlich's tenure as Editor-In-Chief (starting with the January 1995 issue), and ended shortly into Suzanne Harper's tenure (about early 1998, when the format started shifting). It's also worth noting that Ehrlich's first issue as editor featured a cover story about Star Trek, and her second featured one about X-Men.note And this was a whopping 14 years before Disney even purchased Marvel Comics! Heck, during the Ehrlich years, it was difficult to find an issue that didn't include something about Star Trek, The X-Files, or Star Wars. Also, DA's comics editors adored indie comics, and managed to get a few reprinted in the magazine. Heidi MacDonald in particular got Evan Dorkin, Jeff Smith, and Bongo Comics to reprint in the magazine. And in one of her Comics Zone columns, MacDonald practically squeed out loud like a fangirl when she was given a Scrooge McDuck comic to run.