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Eric Jansen
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Posted: 22 November 2023 at 12:32am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

I just went to a comic shop to buy two issues of CAPTAIN AMERICA I had missed (my subscription ran out) and the 30-page one (the first J. Michael Straczynski #1) was $5.99 and the 22-page one (the "Finale" issue--the unnumbered finish to the last series) was $4.99, and so was #2 (my first subscription issue--which only cost me $2 in my renewed subscription).

At the same time, I see that DC is starting a line of 5.5 X 8.5 "Compact Comics" next year that will cost $9.99--and reprint 12 issues of WATCHMEN, BATMAN: HUSH, ALL-STAR SUPERMAN, and more!

Who's going to pay $5 for a single issue when they can get 12 times as much for double that price?!  And the subscriptions are a great deal!

It's almost as if the comics publishers don't want the monthlies to survive.  Or the retailers?

Edited by Eric Jansen on 22 November 2023 at 1:09am
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Craig Earl
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Posted: 22 November 2023 at 7:38pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

I'm in the UK, and most of the comic book shops have gone (my nearest is about 20 miles away, and I don't know where the next would be). I'll be surprised If they are still around in 3 years' time. 

Countering that, I was in London a few weeks ago and dropped in to Forbidden Planet, which was heaving with people of all ages. I guess that might have been down to lack of competition though...

Every comic /trade  I buy now comes from either Amazon or Ebay. 

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