Nickelodeon Magazine is a kid's magazine based off of the children's television channel of the same name.
The comic featured a large amount of original comic including behind-the-scenes looks at contemporary media, numerous original comics, and various recurring comedic sections, such as "Toon People" which treated animated characters as Animated Actors interacting in crossovers.
A 2-issue version of the magazine released in 1990 and was available at Pizza Hut, however the main magazine didn't begin until 1993. In 2009 the magazine ended, along with its sister magazine "Nick Jr. Magazine". Nickelodeon Magazine lasted 159 issues. In 2015 the magazine was revived however it only lasted 11 issues before being cancelled the following year.
"Nickelodeon Magazine Presents" (later retitled to "Nickelodeon Comics") was a series of special issues usually used to promote a special episode of a show that was about to air. "GAS: Games and Sports for Kids" was a short 10 page magazine that came with some Nickelodeon Magazine issues. It was sports-themed and based the Nickelodeon spinoff channel Nick GAS.
Nickelodeon Magazine was originally published on a quarterly basis however it switched to bi-monthly in 1994 issue. In March 1995 it switched to went to 10 times per year (with a bi-monthly December/January and June/July issue) and continued this way until the original run ended. Papercutz began a revival starting in June 2015, and new issues are released monthly.
Nickelodeon Magazine provides examples of:
- Animated Adaptation: The comic Grampa and Julie: Shark Hunters was adapted into a pilot by Klasky-Csupo in 2006. It featured Hynden Walch as Julie.
- Bleached Underpants: The comic strip Patty-Cake by Scott Roberts is derived from a comic book series of the same name that was originally published in 1994 by Permanent Press and contained less kid-friendly material, even featuring occasional profanity and mature jokes.
- Crossover Couple: The current image. "Toon People" was a fake magazine focused on the social aspects of characters. Pairings include Sakura Haruno with Bart Simpson, Naruto Uzumaki with Lisa Simpson, Aqualad with Katara, and Zuko with Kim Possible.
- Mascot: Zelda Van Gutters, a snarky talking Lakeland Terrier.
- Never Trust a Title: Despite being Nickelodeon Magazine the magazine is actually a general "Kid's Magazine" with a heavy lean towards Nickelodeon. Most glaringly it advertises competing networks such as Disney Channel and Cartoon Network.
- One Mario Limit: Averted. "Zelda" is a vintage name best associated with The Legend of Zelda nowadays, however the magazine's mascot is also named "Zelda".
- Punny Name: Zelda Van Gutters appears in the margins, or gutters, of the magazine.
- Raised by Wolves: The strip series Fiona of the Felines is about a girl raised by cats.
- Seldom-Seen Species: The mascot is a Lakeland Terrier dog.
- Wolverine Publicity: SpongeBob SquarePants became this in the 2000s. The series was featured throughout the magazine and on many covers as well. Isues with SpongeBob on the cover sold better than other issues.