S.F. Jude Terror wrote:
I disagree. Time was still passing in the sixties, and in the seventies. It slowed down and kept becoming more inconsequential as time went on, and probably stopped completely sometime around 1990, as the late nineties and early 2000s was when we started seeing asinine shit like the X-Men first class using laptops and ipods in flashbacks.
So, if the consequence of time declined from the sixties to the nineties, and sales also declined from the sixties to the nineties, I could easily make the case that the two are correlated... if you know the meaning of correlation.
In any case, I suspect your opposition to aging characters has more to do with your innate Greek pedocurious sensibilities than any kind of business interest.
Actually, you're wrong. For two reasons
(1) Time passed on a year to year basis more or less in real time for the first few yrs. Pete graduates high school on time. then it was verrry slow. He stays in college for yearrrrrs. and then by the mid to late 70s it had basically stopped. FF #1 was 7 yrs ago. By the late 80s it was 10, and in the 90s or so 13 for some breathing room, but for the most part there was not much of a change in age for the characters once Johnny and Pete got post college age.
(2) That's not what happened to sales. Sales increased from 1961 through 1968, uniformly at Marvel. Everyone else was rapidly going down hill. 1968 marvel expands and all split books get their own titles. From 68 to 72 they held steady or slowed, leading to cancellations -submariner, nick fury, etc. But they passed DC in sales in 1972 ish. Stan steps down. Goodman steps down. Mission Accomplished.
From 72 to the late 70s, sales do a nosedive as the newstand is decimated.
In the 80s sales rebound with the direct market. From 86 to 96 sales explode
The speculator bubble bursts and sales decrease from 96 to 2000 or so as Marvel enters bankruptcy.
Sales then increase under Q for a time, hitting the peak during the Civil War era.
Then post civil war, sales decrease again, like a balloon was punctured.