Star Comics was an imprint of Marvel Comics that published comic books which were often adaptations of children's TV series and toys. Aimed mainly at younger audiences, Star Comics began publishing books in 1984 and released comics based upon popular licensed properties such as The Flintstones, Care Bears, Masters of the Universe, The Muppets, SilverHawks and Star Wars among others. Star Comics was eventually dissolved in 1988 and many of its titles were then published under the main Marvel banner.
ThunderCats was also one of the franchises published by Star Comics during its existence and one of its most successful titles. The first issue of ThunderCats debuted in December of 1985 and the series finally ended in June of 1988. During its run, 24 issues were published with the first 8 issues being published bimonthly, and then switched to a monthly publication format for the remaining 16 issues.