According to TV Shows on DVD, because of a legal dispute Buena Vista Home Entertainment is only releasing 12 of the 13 first season episodes of The Tick cartoon on DVD. The packaging for the two-disk set that was originally announced in January (see 'The Tick Coming to DVD') and described as The Tick Season One, now reads 'The Belated 10th Anniversary Edition.'  So far Disney/Buena Vista has not revealed the nature of the dispute, which has led to the elimination of one episode from the 2-disk set, which will still retail for $34.99 when it is released on August 29th, and which will contain a lithograph from The Tick comic book creator Ben Edlund.


Obviously fans will be happy to finally have The Tick animated series on DVD -- and, with any luck the rest of the 36-episode series will follow intact -- but, given the completist nature of collectors (and the fact that the entire series was released on VHS), there is bound to be plenty of grousing in the fan community concerning the missing episode.