Welcome to GV's fourth comic book news thread. This is the thread to talk about news on events in comics and about comics generally. This is the place for news on the business of comic books, such as news on creators deals and sales. In addition it's a place for discussing general announcements, new imprints, new ongoing and comic book minis, etc. It's also the place for news on comics that might not have their own regularly-discussed threads.
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I missed this thread in my eagerness to make a new one
Buy it now price is $60k.
Still not as good as the ones I posted in the first article's comments section.
With the hindsight of being relatively young and Wizard not being a complete turd when it first came out, Chris Sims has an amusing article on "10 of 'Wizard' Magazine's Most Dubious Moments."
Much better set this time. The J'onn one was so obvious, I expected to see it yesterday.
I did love Wolverines and Fates, "They picked a fight with a warlock". Plus you can't beat Supermans from the first round.
And I used to read a lot of Wizard a few years back but I'd never encountered anything as bad as the stuff in that list. My god.
i'll believe it when i see it. Some other publisher was going to publish a big hardcover three or four years ago.
DC had 6 of the top 10, GL and Brightest day holding the top 3 spots. Marvel won on unit share 45% to DC's 31%. I hope when the actual numbers are out DC sales stabilized a bit showing the hold the line initiative worked.
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that is fantastic
Hey, I saw you walk past the Image table and thought the tattoo was pretty badass. Nice one!
Is it always going to be free, or are we on a trial for the first month or something? I haven't read Wizard since I was 12 or 13 (ten years ago), but that was a pretty fun 15 minutes I spent reading it.
Also, I forgot how awesome Toyfare is.
TaTa anything cool he ever had in the wings for DC.
Man, I really want to keep on Avengers and Secret Avengers at this point, but my finances will be shot to shit in May. I know Spencer will kick ass on secret, but I'll probably have to trade wait
It's getting good reviews though.
edit: Maybe an ultimate iron spider costume since tony's been getting really impressed with him?
I'd like that
GL #62 is the lowest #1 ever with 71.5k. Everything else is usual attrition. Onslaught Unleashed sold 28k, 6 k more than Young Allies #1 did. And Hawkeye Blind Spot #1 sold 14.5k; you could say no one saw it on the shelf hyuck hyuck.
Detective Comics continues to uptick about 500 copies a month, deservedly so. Everyone read it.
Iron Man 2.0 launched around 32k, which isn't bad for a new writer like Spencer, working on a B-list character like War Machine. Power Man and Iron Fist debuted near 28k, which is pretty good for a mini, but its second issue, which came out the same month, only sold 12k. So goes the direct market.
I'm pleasantly surprised that the hero-family books like Batgirl, Superboy, Red Robin, X-23, and Daken continue doing pretty well too. X-Factor actually bounced up a bit, which usually means a book's settled into a nice little sales groove.
On the other hand, Black Panther's not doing great, for being so early in its run. I haven't heard much buzz about it, so it's not surprising. Heroes for Hire's down to 22k with its third issue, so I don't expect it to be around for much longer. Booster Gold's almost certainly due to be canceled, once its Flashpoint crossover ends.
I guess I'm kind of disappointed in comic book sales in general, since the buzz around the industry has never been higher and we've never got the new golden age that was promised to come with all the successful comic movies. Good thing we have a new Doomsday storyline coming to save the industry.
71k for the highest selling book is beyond depressing. How long can this be sustained when kids don't buy comics anymore (or couldn't even if they wanted to)? I recently moved to a major US city and you'd think finding a comic shop would be easy. Nope, had to start preordering everything I buy from an online retailer. The barrier for entry to this hobby requires much more effort than it used to, and no young person in this day and age is going to put up with that.
Something big needs to happen soon or we'll all be buying Ipads in three years.
I feel like that part's inevitable (though five years may be a bit too soon). The question is who will be selling us comics on them.
While 71k is low for the top selling book, aggregate numbers are actually the same or higher. Many of the lower ranked titles are selling significantly more copies (upwards of 300% increase for similar ranking titles in the 300+ range). It's more of a diversification of sales than a top heavy chart than it was 10 years ago, despite relatively same volume and not accounting for any digital sales, as meager as they may be. Comparing it to a year ago, comics out did the previous Feb in dollar value as well and this Feb had the $2.99 as the most common cover price for the first time since Marvel started the $3.99 trend. So doing more dollar share year over year is still a great performance despite a lower top sales volume.
Just looking at the top 10 is not indicative of overall comic sales or reason to say print is dying or comics are finished.