Nickelodeon Magazine's second and final logo
Nickelodeon Magazine was a children's magazine based on the Nickelodeon cable channel. Since 1993, it was published at a cover price of $1.95, but also had free distribution with a purchase from participating Pizza Hut restaurants; this first version of the magazine only saw two issues of release. The magazine returned to production in Summer 1993. Originally published on a quarterly basis, it switched to bi-monthly with February/March 1994 issue. It then went to 10 times per year starting March 1995, with the bi-annual December/January and June/July issue; and the list goes on.
In spite of being related to the network it is named after, Nickelodeon Magazine covered all sorts of topics for kids, whether inside the network or outside (though with an obvious preference for Nickelodeon programming over that of competitor networks such as Disney Channel and Cartoon Network). It contained informative non-fiction pieces, humor, interviews, comics, pranks, and recipes (such as green slime cake or pranks containing slime).
The magazine's mascot was Zelda Van Gutters, a Lakeland Terrier dog who appeared throughout the magazine with sarcastic commentary about the contents of each page. On the table of contents, Zelda usually showed up to introduce herself as the magazine's "roving reporter". She was also the star of the magazine's regular photo comic strip "Ruffing It".
In May 2006 the magazine got a makeover with a brand new logo, though the content remained more or less the same.
The Magazine is "intact" in Mexico, but due the re-brand, is impossible that the magazine will continue publishing in Mexico.
Every issue of Nickelodeon Magazine included a section called "The Comic Book". Usually, this insert featured regular comic strips from underground artists. The original editor of the section is Anne D. Bernstein. Since November 1996 the comics editor was Chris Duffy, who was joined by Dave Roman a few years later. Among the comics that were featured in Nickelodeon Magazine's Comic Book:
Bill Beak by Kaz—A conniving, mooching bird is foiled in his plans to live the easy life.
Cody by Bobby London- Drawn somewhat like The Katzenjammer Kids, this strip's title character is often misled by the fibs told by his grandfather, Poppy.
Fiona of the Felines by Terry LaBan- A girl who is raised by cats. Her strips are occasionally accompanied by a similar strip titled Warren of the Worms.
Grampa and Julie, Shark Hunters by Jef Czekaj- This strip's titular pair of a girl and her dim-witted grandfather started out searching for Stephen, the Largest Shark in the World. Their adventures from 1999 to 2003 have recently been reprinted in a graphic novel.
Impy & Wormer by James Kochalka - These mini-strips (featured at the bottom of the pages, under the regular strips) feature a bug who does not speak proper English and constantly bothers a comparatively intellectual worm.
Juanita and Clem by Craig Thompson—Whimsical tales of an adventurous little girl (Juanita) and her less brave green friend (Clem)
Karmopolis by Nick Bertozzi—Adventure strip in a world where everyone and everything is on wheels.
Mervin the Magnificent by Richard Sala—A bumbling magician solves crime with his rabbit sidekick.
Patty-Cake by Scott Roberts- A bossy little blonde with a flower in her hair.
Sam Hill & Ray-9 by Mark Martin - A boy and his robot dog.
Scene But Not Heard by Sam Henderson- The going-ons of a pink man and a bear, who compulsively pull pranks on each other. As the strip's name suggests, the comic is made entirely of pictures, but has no dialogue or sound. In the magazine's tenth anniversary issue, there was a "blooper strip" where the man and bear are talking. Also, there is an advertisement for a Scene But Not Heard musical in Grampa and Julie comic.
Southern Fried Fugitives by Simon and Kim Deitch- The continuing adventures of a quartet of fried chicken pieces brought to life by a thunderstorm. This strip ended in December 1999.
Teeny Weeny, the Tiniest Hot Dog in the World by Mark Martin - A miniature hot dog with lots of enthusiasm.
The Gag Station by various. One panel gags, often featuring cartoonists such as Johnny Ryan, Mark Newgarden, Ellen Forney, Steve Weissman, Felipe Galindo, Ian Baker, and Mark Martin.
The Uncredibly Confabulated Tales of Lucinda Ziggles by Andy Ristaino—A little girl gets involved in fantastic adventures that nobody ever believes.
Twiggy Stumps: Outdoor Adventurist by Brian Ralph—A flaky outdoorsman and his wisecracking skunk-pal, Juniper.
Underpants-On-His-Head Man by Michael Kupperman- Originally appeared as one of "the worst comic book superheroes ever". As his name suggests, he wears his underwear on his head. His archenemy is his coworker, Pants-On-His-Head Man.
Yam by Corey Barba—pantomime comic starring a todder with jet backpack, wearing a hoodie, in a whimsical world that feature humanlike cats, pet TVs, and other fantasy elements.
Other contributors included Dan Abdo, John Accurso, Bill Alger, Graham Annable, Ian Baker, Martin Cendreda, Greg Cook, Dave Cooper, Jordan Crane, Mark Crilley, Scott Cunningham, Stephen DeStefano, Evan Dorkin, Brent Engstrom, Feggo (Felipe Galindo), Gary Fields, Emily Flake, Ellen Forney, Francho (Arnoldo Franchioni), Dave Fremont, Tom Gauld, Justin Green, Tim Hamilton, Charise Maricle Harper, Paul Karasik, John Kerschbaum, Jacob Lambert, Roger Langridge, Chris Lanier, Robert Leighton, Alec Longstreth, Jason Lutes, Pat Moriarity, Dan Moynihan, Nate Neal, Mark Newgarden, Travis Nichols, Lark Pien, Johnny Ryan, P.Shaw!, Karen Sneider, Israel Sanchez, Jason Shiga, R. Sikoryak, Jen Sorensen, Art Spiegelman, Jay Stephens, Wayno, Todd Webb, Drew Weing, Steve Weissman, Kurt Wolfgang, and Gahan Wilson.
In addition, Nickelodeon Magazine's Comic Book also featured comics from characters of the network's programming, which usually appeared just before a season premiere or special movie event for the property on the actual series. Among the Nicktoons that were featured in the comic book.