1900 comic shops left in the USA

in reality, all of this has been a total load of old bollocks
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1900 comic shops left in the USA

Postby GoogaMooga » 23 Feb 2019, 00:43

1900 comic shops left in the USA; once they get to the critical point of 1500, Marvel and DC are no longer viable, at least not as major publishers. As they are both owned by large corporations, Disney and Time Warner, they could easily close for good, and that means those lovely reprints will dry up. I don't care about the new comics and artists for the most part, but they did excellent things in the past, and no, it wasn't all superheroes, either.
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Re: 1900 comic shops left in the USA

Postby Penk! » 23 Feb 2019, 06:19

Yeah, Marvel are on their knees right now. They’ll be out of business within months I reckon. They just don’t have any way of making money now there are fewer specialist comic shops around.
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Re: 1900 comic shops left in the USA

Postby GoogaMooga » 23 Feb 2019, 07:36

Well, I think they are only keeping the publishing arm running because of the films, which are the real cash cow. Besides, there is hardly any newsstand distribution in the US, only direct sales, i.e. comic shops. Marvel is flooding the market with monthly floppies, over a hundred titles per month. In the silver age, their best period, maybe only 20 or 30 titles. What I'd like would be for them to scrap the new range, and just mine the rich back catalog, DC has an even richer catalog, especially strong in war and romance titles. Stuff we never see.
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