The Retailer’s View // Top Sellers and Bottom Dwellers

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A couple of news bits and a personal announcement to tackle this week, so let’s get right to it. MILLION AIRS About a week ago, Marvel started to make a big deal over Star Wars #1 eclipsing 1,000,000 pre-orders from various retail outlets. While the company hinted at some of this quantity coming from less traditional […]

Captain America’s Shield and Joe Quesada show up on the Stephen Colbert farewell

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There were few dry eyes across America as Stephen Colbert wrapped up his nine year run on The Colbert Report—and staying in character, instead of breaking the wall and getting sentimental, he went gonzo fantasy, defeating Grimmy, his long time nemesis, or Death himself, and gaining immortality. Immortality has perks, such as assembling a zeitgeist all-stat lineup of pals from Bryan Cranston to George Lucas to Cyndi Lauper and James Franco who came out to sing the closing song from Dr Strangelove, “We’ll Meet Again. ” Although it was hard to spot all the celebs in the chorus, among them was two-time guests, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada:

Spider-Woman Gets New “clothes to kick ass in”

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By: Alexander Jones Designer Kris Anka has just crafted some new threads for Jessica Drew A.K.A. Spider-Woman, a woman in need of a super-makeover. Anka has been pulled into reinvent some classic costumes with great results, including Storm’s newish outfit during Marvel NOW! that stuck around only because it was really fantastic. Anka’s new design for Drew […]

The Free Comic Book Day Silver Titles are Pretty Awesome

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By: Alexander Jones After revealing the first wave of Free Comic Book Day titles, it was only a matter of time before the rest of them started to pop up. This next batch is very exciting, and full of fun offerings from all your favorite publishers with the big guns like Marvel and DC, along […]

Marvel confirms 1 million in sales for Star Wars #1

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Marvel’s svp of sales David Gabriel has  confirmed that STAR WARS #1 will sell 1 million copies.  And already my inbox is jammed with missives from Brandon Schatz and John Jackson Miller. It doens’t appear that Loot Crate is part of the reason for the record sales. However, at least 38 variant covers and a switch […]

Sony and Marvel really did discuss a joint Spider-Man venture

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Among the information revealed by the disastrous Sony documents leak, of most interest to comics types is a series of emails in which Sony and Marvel discussed a Spidey crossover. . This was widely rumored earlier this year, and yep it was true. Studio head Amy Pascal and Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad discussed an offer from Marvel to produce a new trilogy of Spider-man movies, and a possible appearances for the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War. But alas:

Nick Spencer Moves ‘Ant-Man’ To Miami And Cassie Lang Makes Her Return

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  By Kyle Pinion Today, Marvel resumed their semi-regular “Next Big Thing” conference calls with comics press, focusing this iteration on the upcoming Ant-Man launch in January. The soon to be Marvel movie featured Scott Lang is the star of this new series written by Nick Spencer (Morning Glories, Superior Foes of Spider-Man) joined by […]

Inhumans get special 50th anniversary covers in 2015

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The Inhumans are the IT team for Marvel in 2015! You’ll recall that an Inhumans movie was announced for 2018, and until then, Marvel aims to make sure that Medusa’s swirling red hair and Lockjaw’s somber, antenna’d demeanor are as well known as Rocket’s rifle by then. The Jack Kirby created misfits have been teased […]

Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for the Hawkeye Fan

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By Kyle Pinion I love Matt Fraction, David Aja and Annie Wu’s Hawkeye. It’s by far my favorite monthly (which I realize is a stretch to still call it that at this point) comic coming from the Big Two. Its mixture of high impact super-heroics, indie sensibilities, film influences, and raw emotion have paved its […]

Al Ewing and Alan Davis go ‘Ultron Forever’ with three one shots

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Al Ewing and Alan Davis are uniting for three Ultron Forever one-shots this April. The tales will go all “five years later” with the MU, as a new team of Avengers unites in an Ultron-Ruled Future. And not only is Ultromn ruling the fictional Marvel universe, but just one month later, he’ll be ruling the […]

Chip Zdarsky: “Ha ha, I’m writing Howard the Duck!”

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Exhibit A: A Howard the Duck cameo at the end of the years #1 movie

Exhibit B: Marvel brings out a Howard the Duck Omnibus, reprinting the masterful comics by Steve Gerber, Gene Colan, Val Mayerik and more.

It doesn’t take much detective work to figure out that a new Howard the Duck ONGOING COMIC was on the way. And it’s by Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones , EW reveals. Did I ever think I would be writing a story about Chip Zdarsky writing for Marvel? Writing Howard the Duck? No, I did not.

Starlin in back with THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN in June

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The post-Guardians partnership between Marvel and Jim Starlin continues with the second original graphic novel in a proposed trilogy about Thanos the purple skinned Mad Titan created by Starlin. THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN comes out in June. While standalone graphic novels were once rare at Marvel they’ve gotten into the pool with the Starlin books, and some introductory books aimed at beginning (as in not experts in Marvel continuity) readers. The first book in the trilogy, Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, made the NY Times bestseller list, so it probably did all right.

Marvel Month to Month Sales Charts: October 2014 Variations on Variant Themes

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BY JASON ENRIGHT — Hello Sales Chart Analyzers! In October, there were a lot of books. So to start, let’s break down the numbers a bit. An interesting trend to look at this month is how variant numbers affect the sales. Several titles benefitted from being included in one or more of Marvel’s themed variant programs this month. In October, Marvel had 3 variant themes, the Anti-Bullying variants, Deadpool 75th anniversary variants and Hasbro toy variants. Many of these issues were in the middle of an arc and normally would have suffered standard attrition of -1 to -3%, but due to these variant programs they got a nice +3 to +5% sales boost. Variants are one of many incentive programs that companies use to boost sales. Recently Marvel and DC have been doing these themed variants across multiple books and they definitely seem to be working. Whether or not, they are actually good for comic sales in the long term is another question entirely. What do you think of variants? Let’s discuss it in the comments below. For now let’s dive into the numbers.

Marvel’s February 2015 Solicitations: Star Wars is coming

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It’s the final issue of Elektra, the first issue of Darth Vader, more Guardians of the Galaxy—teaming up this time—and an Avengers original graphic novel for February. Plus some “movie variants.” DARTH VADER #1 & 2 KIERON GILLEN (w) • SALVADOR LARROCA (a) CoverS by ADI GRANOV ISSUE #1 – Teaser Variant by JOHN CASSADAY […]

How to say I Am Groot in 15 languages

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In case you had forgotten that Groot and Rocket Raccoon were Disney’s huge breakout stars in 2014, they released a trailer of the gentle giant of a man-tree saying his signature phrase in 15 different languages,. And in case you had forgotten, Guardians of the Galaxy is out on Digital HD today, and available via […]

Marvel celebrates 10 million social media followers with goodies

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To mark more than 10 million combined likers and followers on Facebook  and Twitter Marvel is offering some sneak peeks and free digital comics all day. New stuff is going up every hour. So far there’s a 25% off sale at Marvel .com Our first gift to you, #Marvel fans: 25% off at http://t.co/dgewJRiisz, today […]