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Amazing Spider-Man Sells Over 500,000 Copies (to Retailers)

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Rain Partier

Postby LOLtron » Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:20 pm

Amazing Spider-Man Sells Over 500,000 Copies (to Retailers)

What's Dan Slott's mom gonna do with those 425,000 copies?

Source: CBR

CBR is reporting that Marvel told them that Amazing Spider-Man #1 has surpassed 500,000 retailer orders.

Oh, excuse me...

Marvel EXCLUSIVELY told them. Exclusive was in italics in the first sentence of their article, to make sure you noticed it. Let's all take a moment to bow down and worship CBR as our lords and masters because they got this juicy exclusive bit of news.

We'll wait...

Oh, yeah, CBR... that's a really big exclusive... it's massive... mmmm... I don't know if we can handle an exclusive that big... what? Oh, it's way bigger than Newsarama's exclusive... the biggest we've ever seen... mmmmmmpppphhhhh...

Now that we've got that out of the way, CBR is reporting that Marvel has sold over 500,000 copies of Amazing Spider-Man #1, a giant sized 64 page issue that hits stores later this month and features a cover price of $5.99. The number makes the book the highest selling single issue in the last decade.

Of course, it should be noted that these are sales directly to retailers, which doesn't necessarily correlate to reader sales. After all, how many copies of 1991's X-Men #1 can you still find in the quarter bin at your local shop to this day? Retailer orders are inflated by factors like incentive variants, which reward retailers for purchasing a lot of copies by giving them ultra rare variants to sell on ebay. In addition, it's likely that many shops mistook Humberto Ramos's terrible artwork for some kind of charity for horribly disfigured people and assumed it was a tax writeoff.

Even so, it's a pretty damn impressive number, especially when the highest selling books nowadays barely top 100,000. Will Marvel follow up by replacing more of their popular heroes with villains so they can reap the return boost? It's hard to imagine they won't, because if something works once in the comics industry, it's bound to work over and over again forever and ever.

In any case, this makes Dan Slott the highest selling single issue comic book writer of the last decade. He's never gonna let people forget about that on Twitter.

Below, find CBR's EXCLUSIVE!!!!!! preview of three pages from the issue, which we've EXCLUSIVELY downloaded and uploaded to The Outhouse. Whatcha gonna do about it, punks?!

Written or Contributed by Jude Terror

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fieldy snuts

Rain Partier

Postby fieldy snuts » Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:21 pm

The comics industry is saved. No thanks to Fat Bob and Image.
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Supersoldier Washout

WTF is this rank?

Postby Supersoldier Washout » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:09 am

Record companies have a similar practice. They will brag about an album "Shipping Platinum", like it has already sold a million copies. The idea is to get the public to think it's a popular album so they'll jump on the bandwagon/think it's really good and purchase it also.

I can go into a rant about "sheeple" and capitalism but what would that accomplish?
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Postby LoganRSA » Wed Apr 02, 2014 8:40 am

Who's the chick that got bit by the spider there?
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Supersoldier Washout

WTF is this rank?

Postby Supersoldier Washout » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:57 am

Log-Man wrote:Who's the chick that got bit by the spider there?

Yeah, WTF is that all about?
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Johnny Smith


Postby Johnny Smith » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:14 am

Supersoldier Washout wrote:
Yeah, WTF is that all about?

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Mary Jane?

The Old Doctor

Postby The Old Doctor » Wed Apr 02, 2014 10:46 am

Johnny Smith wrote:
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Mary Jane?

Same spider that bit Peter... so she has the powers of a radioactive Peter Parker.

I mean the same powers as Peter. Thing is, it looks more like a brunette and not Mary Jane.

So we seem to be getting a new Spider Gal.
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Great Scott!!!

Postby Chessack » Wed Apr 02, 2014 12:37 pm

I wonder how many of these 500,000 copies are going to just sit there on the shelf (and in boxes later) for years and years. Probably a LOT.

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