Marvel Comics Saying Goodbye To Newsstand?


Breaking the story on Barnes & Noble no longer selling single Marvel comics (but still selling DC, Dark Horse, Archie and the like) seems to have expanded into something larger.

Following up on Bleeding Cool’s article, GoodReader has confirmed that Marvel are no longer selling their single comics to Barnes & Noble or Books-A-Million, though collections will still be distributed through Hachette.

An official Barnes and Noble spokesman has also confirmed that they will continue to sell graphic novels and trade paperback editions of Marvel properties, because they are sourced through Hachette.  Customers will still be able to purchase single issues produced by DC and Dark Horse.

Books-A-Million has also confirmed that they are no longer carrying Marvel titles at the head office. Contacts within the receiving and ordering departments have said that Marvel titles are simply not available on their lists anymore. They are basically unable to order single issues comics at all.

Which means Marvel Comics are not just unavailable to B&N or BAM, but to all bookstore retailers from 2014. ICV2 has also confirmed the news with Barnes & Noble. How far will this extend?

Bleeding Cool also broke the story that Marvel are looking to consolidate their digital offerings into one App. You know, when they said that the tablets were the new newsstand, I don’t think we considered one would actually be replacing the other quite so soon.

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