The first comic, simply called My Little Pony, came out in 1985. An issue came out every two weeks. The next comic, My Little Pony and Friends (not to be confused with the American cartoon of the same name), came out two years later. It was twice the price and came out every two months however it had more pages.
For the most part the comics were more Slice of Life themed then the western cartoons and Molly and Danny weren't in the comicsnote . Many characters also have very different personalties from My Little Pony 'n Friends. It was not uncommon to see illustrated stories in the comics. The comics typically used vector artwork instead of original drawings for most characters.
These comics contain examples of:
- Alternate Continuity: The comics appear to be set in a different continuity from the show, but then again, there was a comic (MLP And Friends #30) where the Smooze, the Witches and Ahgg returned from ''My Little Pony: The Movie (1986)'. The story was even titled "The Return Of the Smooze" implying that the Smooze had indeed invaded Ponyland prior to the comic, contradicting the Alternate Continuity theory.
- And I Must Scream: Chameleon the Enchanter wipes people's memories completely and irreversibly and then condemns them to slave away in his mines for the rest of their lives. He also has a mist trap that turns victims to stone.
- Clones Are People, Too: The Baby Ponies are essentially clones of their mother born from Majesty's mirror. Their mothers simply see them as their own children.
- The Coroner Doth Protest Too Much: While the narration says Applejack accidentally collided with the Gem Wizard's throne and at the same time a crevasse just happened to open up, the image shows her deliberately kicking him into a preexisting crevasse.
- Cute Little Fangs: Spike has bucked teeth.
- Disney Villain Death: Applejack sends the Jewel Wizard falling to his death into a ravine.
- Eye Scream: The Twinkle-Eyed Ponies were enslaved by a gemstone loving wizard, who forced them to labor in the darkness digging out luminescent gemstones, which basically drove them blind. When Applejack destroyed the Jewel Wizard's gem-encrusted throne and ended up kicking him down a ravine, an explosion occurred and drove shards of gemstones into each Twinkle-Eyed Pony's eye-sockets, giving them their trademark eyes.
- Jackass Genie: Spotted four-leaf clovers. Luckily they can't recognize Reverse Psychology.
- The Klutz: Applejack. However, she proved to be quite the Big Damn Heroine in "Applejack's Amazing Adventure" (the one with the twinkle-eyed ponies, whom she rescues singlehoofedly.)
- Light Is Not Good: The Jewel Wizard is a radiant wizard dressed in beautiful robes and seated on a shining throne of jewels. He's also a thoroughly monstrous human being who enslaves ponies, forces them into hard labor, and works them until they go blind.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Dragons lack wings and are shown to come in different colors. Baby dragons are historically shown to be pets of ponies.
- Painting the Frost on Windows: To the same degree as FIM, and not just done by the ponies. For example, in one story, if the daffodil sorcerer doesn't get his gold on time, he can't use it to make the flowers and there won't be any this year, so the ponies have to get it back from thieves in a hurry.
- Pay Evil unto Evil: While yes, Majesty's punishments CAN be extremely harsh and cruel, a lot of the people she punishes with them are seriously vile. For example, Wanda the witch had turned three of her subjects into trees, and would've left them that way forever, so Majesty did the same to her.
- Strong Family Resemblance: The "baby" versions of the ponies. In this continuity they're essentially younger clones of their mothers created from looking through a magical mirror.
- Surprise Creepy: The G1 comics are a lot like a children's storybook, which will often have dark elements written as if the writer doesn't get how dark they are. "You have gems in your eyes! Gems from the smashed throne! Now you'll see the way home too!" is how Applejack cheerfully describes what, as you can see, seems a lot more like Eye Scream to the rest of us. This not long after kicking the villain to his demise. Also, Majesty's punishments, though the villains have them coming, make her damn scary. The way characters return to being sunny so quickly after the darkness (one-panel wrap-ups of epic stories are common) serves less to defuse it and more to increase it with Dissonant Serenity and by showing just how much that for them it was Tuesday. Turn an enemy to stone permanently, the wording of the spell leaving it possible that he's a conscious statue forever, teleport back to the party like nothing happened! Ponyland was nearly eradicated, we solve the problem at the last possible moment, Everybody Laughs Ending two seconds after!
- Taken for Granite: Happened to the ponies as much as it happened in the cartoon. Also, truly dangerous enemies of ponykind were punished this way by Majesty a number of times.
- Truly Single Parent: More often than not. The fillies who are expies of the adults and named Baby [adult pony's name here] are clones, Baby Lucky was created by Majesty, and two more were created from drawings. One was found in another world with no word on how she got there. We have one two-parent family, the Apple Delight Family.