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Seven of Top Ten Comics of 2014 Were Five Dollars or More

Written by Jude Terror on Saturday, January 10 2015 and posted in News with Benefits

Seven of Top Ten Comics of 2014 Were Five Dollars or More

A six dollar comic, Amazing Spider-Man #1, was the best selling comic of the year.

Source: Diamond

Diamond released their top comics for 2014, and in news that must not surprise anyone since no other media site paid attention to it, seven of the top ten comics were books that cost $4.99 or more. It was a theme we saw throughout 2014 - comic book fans are unable to stop themselves from paying obscene prices for comics if they're tricked into believing the comic is somehow "important" to their collection, and comic companies, particularly Marvel, recognize this and exploit by releasing "important" comics seemingly every week. Sure, those books contain something "extra" for the extra money. Now. Just like $3.99 books once contained something "extra." Now that's the regular price point.

Blah blah blah, the same shit I say every week, I know.

Look. Comics should cost, at most two bucks. Don't think I don't see what you're saying about me, Reddit. I know that $3.99 is also way too much to pay for a standard single issue comic. But the reason I talk about the five dollar price point is because A) we've already lost the battle for the $3.99 price point and B) five dollar comics are far and away the top sellers. If we want to stop Marvel from continuously hiking the price by a dollar every few years, we've got to draw the line here.

I don't know what more I can say about it though. Apparently, people like five dollar comics. The numbers don't lie. Yes, these sales represent comics purchased by retailers and not customers, but every comic shop in the country would be out of business if they weren't at least somewhat accurate with their ordering.

Marvel, far and away the worst perpetrators of overpriced comics, whose books all cost $3.99 or $4.99 except for Ms Marvel, dominated the charts. DC, whose books mostly cost $2.99, are nowhere to be found. And it's not like DC puts out nothing but shitty comics. They have some good books at the $2.99 price point that are well worth reading.

It's nice to see Image kicking ass with trade paperbacks though.

But still, the number one selling comic of the fucking year was six bucks, and featured multiple shitty gimmicks, including, but not limited to:

  • An unnecessary number one reboot of a title that was just rebooted within the last few years.
  • The return of a "dead" character no one really thought would be gone forever.
  • Said character's return spoiled in a major media outlet with Marvel's blessing.
  • Multiple fucking variant covers.
  • "Art" by Humberto Ramos.

Ugh. Here's the charts. I'm gonna go drink myself into a stupor. Go read my interview with Todd Allen for some more serious analysis of industry sales and pricing.


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Jude Terror is the Webmaster Supreme of The Outhouse and a sarcastic ace reporter dedicated to delivering irreverent comics and entertainment news to The Outhouse's dozens of loyal readers. Driven by a quest for vengeance, Jude Terror taught himself to program and joined The Outhouse. He instantly began working toward his goal of forcing the internet comics community to take itself less seriously and failing miserably. A certified trash eater ruining the pristine field of comics journalism with his sarcasm and goofiness, Jude Terror is secretly friendly and congenial, so if you've got a complaint, why not just bring it up to him instead of subtweeting like a jackass, jackass? You can find him on Twitter or try your luck with an email, but keep in mind that he is notoriously unreliable and may not get back to you right away. Unless you want to send him free stuff, in which case he'll get back to you immediately.

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