Nickelodeon Magazine was a periodical primarily aimed at children aged six to fourteen that ran from 1993 to 2009. Though sometimes advertised as a monthly periodical, Nick Magazine put out new issues only ten times per year, all of which usually contained child-oriented comics, puzzles, games, and other activities.
The publication released 159 issues between 1993 and 2009 before its final issue hit the stands with a December/January 2009 periodical marking. During its run, Nickelodeon Magazine spun-off from its roots and issued special edition magazines originally called the Nick Mag Presents series; this version of the magazine was renamed Nickelodeon Comics Club sometime later. Both incarnations focused on particular areas of Nickelodeon broadcasting per issue, including Avatar: The Last Airbender on numerous occasions.
Unable to support the publication on its own, Nickelodeon bought Pizza Hut's assistance in putting the earliest issues of Nickelodeon Magazine on the stands in 1990; this version of Nick Magazine is basically disconnected from the popularly known 1993-onward incarnation, only having been sold in Pizza Hut restaurants and having run for just two issues.
Despite maintaining a strong fanbase for sixteen years, or nearly twenty years counting the Pizza Hut editions, Nickelodeon Magazine was cancelled in 2009. The reason given by Nickelodeon was that, in the age of the Internet, the magazine was no longer the preferable choice to market the company and that it was more cost-efficient to end the periodical.
Avatar: The Last Airbender publications
From 2005 until the end of its run, Nickelodeon Magazine published comics and articles pertaining to Avatar with different levels of focus. Not including the Nick Mag Presents and Nickelodeon Comics Club releases, the periodical publicized Avatar greatly with comics and articles that tied into the series. This included in-depth information on the choreography and martial artistry of the series in one article to an interview with voice actors in another.
Furthermore, the magazine also published cheat codes for the franchise's video games and hosted a write-in contest to give fans the honor of creating characters for a real Avatar comic. The creators of the series were interviewed to give insight into the dynamics of the show as well; an even more comprehensive experience of Avatar was featured in the series' own Nick Mag Presents and Comics Club magazines.
- First issue of Pizza Hut's Nickelodeon Magazine
- Extensive archive of Nickelodeon Magazine involvement with Avatar at Distant Horizon, among other publications
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