I'm bummed about this. I picked up 598 cause of the hype and I liked it, but with Spiderman at $4 an issue coming out so often and now issue 700 is that much? Sounds like an interesting story but count me out.
Well, considering you're over 100 issues out of the loop maybe it's better to stay out
Just curious, given the use of a Steve Ditko variant to boost sales, how much money will Ditko be seeing from this comic?
Wacker? Surely you'll be along with a smart remark, mocking the notion of compensating the people whose work your career coasts on? Or is this a subject too hot for you to touch, for fear of offending your masters? Shame, you're so bold on message boards otherwise.
seeing as it's the original cover to amazing fantasy #15(stan rejected it in favor of Kirby's now iconic version), he already got paid. in 1962. he may only get a little it in royalties.
People said the same thing back in the 90's when X-MEN #1,SPIDER-MAN #1,and X-FORCE #1 all sold over a million copies to retailers and made (all combined) millions of dollars for Marvel. Of course, we all know how that all turned out for the industry.
Yep, killed it completely.
I miss comics. If only someone still published them...
A lot of retailers are going to be stuck with a lot of unsold copies. And if people would stop paying excessive prices for the variants, then all those unsold copies would hurt even more.
I can't think of any other retail market that operates this way (sellers over-buying items they know they won't sell because they can maybe break even with some incentive item). It is really crazy.
And if a retailer has a buyer lined up who will pay top dollar, this becomes money in the bank. Depending on what kind of discounted rate they buy at per unit and how much the variant is guaranteed to go for.
Also, it's not 'can maybe break even'. It's 'can make a profit'.
Yes, it's a calculated risk. So was opening a comic shop to begin with.