The cover of the comic's collection book, Comic Zone Volume 1: Disney's Lilo & Stitch
From 2002 to 2005, Disney Adventures
magazine published a number of comic tie-ins to the Lilo & Stitch
franchise as part of their Comic Zone
line. They followed the adventures of the title characters and their ʻohana
in various situations. These comics were compiled together in a book called Comic Zone Volume 1: Disney's Lilo & Stitch
, which was published in 2006 as the first of four volumes of Comic Zone
Since Disney published each of them as tie-ins to the whatever was the latest animated work in the franchise, the strips can be neatly put into a few groups:
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These comics detail what Lilo and Stitch's lives were like before they met. Due to Early Installment Weirdness
and the later release of a certain sequel film mentioned below
, these comics are Canon Discontinuity
- "Experiment 626": On an alien world, Dr. Jumba Jookiba creates his 626th experiment with some of his other experiments, including a teal Experiment 625 (a.k.a. Reuben).
- "Lilo's Luau": Lilo tells a scary story about the Menehune to Nani, Mertle (called Jenny in this comic), and Mertle/Jenny's posse. When everyone but Nani mocks Lilo's scary story, she runs off to "prove" that they are real.
- "A Smashing Success": Jumba tests Experiment 626's abilities.
- "Back to the Beach": Pudge makes a new friend when Lilo saves Larry Lobster from a restaurant.
- "See Ya Later, Stitch": Jumba unsuccessfully attempts to confine 626.
- "Matchmaker": Lilo tries to play matchmaker with David and Nani.
- "On Top of the World": On the loose, Experiment 626 wreaks havoc on an alien city.
- "Sue-Whatsi": Lilo enjoys some quality time on the beach after scaring away a horde of tourists.
- "Home Sweet Home": Jumba needs to capture and contain 626 before Galactic Patrol finds him.
- "The Big Fix": Lilo attempts to help a mechanic.
Other original comics
These comics are set after the titular duo meet, presumably during the time of the original film.
- "A Breed Apart": Lilo takes Stitch to a veterinarian. Notably, Lilo & Stitch writer/director Dean DeBlois contributed to this comic.
- "Movie Mayhem": David takes Lilo and Stitch to a movie theater, where Stitch ends up being the star of the show.
- "Fresh Squeezed": Lilo and Stitch go to an aquarium where he meets an octopus.
Lilo & Stitch: The Series
These comics are set during the events of the show
- "Catch a Wave": Stitch helps Lilo catch a wave in a kiddie pool.
- "A Family Affair": At a barbecue, Jumba gifts Lilo a new creation called Tippy.
- "A Heavy Problem": This followup to "A Breed Apart" has Lilo bringing Stitch back to the vet.
- "Splashdown": Jumba creates a green goop that is bouncy when electrified. Lilo and Stitch consult Sparky to help them out.
- "Do the Volcano Dance": Stitch jumps into a volcano and meets fire spirits.
- "Snack-Sized": When cornered by Gantu and 625, Stitch uses Jumba's Sizemotronic 200 on one of 625's sandwiches to make it grow.
- "Party Crashers": For her birthday, Stitch gifts Lilo an experiment that can turn objects into chocolate.
- "Super Stitch": Stitch becomes a vigilante.
Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
These two comics are set around the time of the chronologically first sequel film
- "The Palm Incident": Stitch experiences a glitch.
- "Hula Hullabaloo": Another instance of Stitch glitching.
These comics provide examples of:
- Aliens Speaking English: It's Lilo & Stitch. It comes with the territory. That said, Stitch speaks some Surprisingly Good English in a couple comics, actually speaking full sentences a few times, including one instance ("A Family Affair") where he speaks a complex sentence to Nani in the first person.
- Canon Discontinuity: The comics released before and around the time of the original film ("Experiment 626"/"Lilo's Luau" to "Fresh Squeezed") are this thanks to both Lilo & Stitch: The Series and Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch.
- Deadpan Snarker: The prequel comics established X-625's snark well before he was established as a major character in Stitch! The Movie.
- Destructive Savior: "Super Stitch" ends up destroying a man's car as it was being driven by a thief who carjacked it. Both Stitch and Lilo get chased down by a police officer as a result.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Reuben (X-625) in the comics about the origin of Stitch, even though his first chronological appearance in the animated continuity is Stitch! The Movie.
- Early Installment Weirdness:
- 625 is not only teal in the prequel comics, but he's also fatter, wears a collar, and has smaller eyes.
- Mertle Edmonds is named "Jenny" here, either because her final name wasn't established yet or the comic writers didn't get the message.
- Pudge lives in a tide pool, not in the open Pacific Ocean.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: In "Home Sweet Home", Jumba uses a homing device to draw 626 back to his lab. It works...right when 626 had been captured by the Galactic Officers, thus leading them right to his doorstep.
- Lava is Boiling Kool-Aid: And has fire spirits living inside! Lilo, Jumba, and Pleakley wear lava suits to protect themselves as they dive into the water-like lava of Kilauea to get Stitch, who can go directly inside the volcano without any protection because he is fireproof.
- Satiating Sandwich: 625's love of sandwiches and his gift in making them is established in the prequel comics, and Stitch constantly goes after his sandwiches.
- Science Fantasy: "Do the Volcano Dance" has Stitch meeting fire spirits, years before he would meet Youkai on Izayoi.
- Shout-Out: Presumably Lilo naming a lobster "Larry" is this.
- Shrink Ray: In "Snack-Sized", Stitch uses Jumba's "Sizemotronic 200" device to enlarge one of 625's sandwiches.
- Trail of Bread Crumbs: Exploited in "See Ya Later, Stitch"; 626 leaves a trail of sandwich crumbs away from Jumba's jet boat to lead him and 625 away from the boat as they try to go after 626 when he escapes. 626 hides on the outside of the boat until they're far enough away for him to steal it and drive it back to the alien city, stranding the other two on the island.