Comic Industry

The comic book industry has been committing slow suicide for the last 20 years or more.  Book prices well out of the reach of younger readers combined with such gimmickry as multiple covers where you get a different cover on the same story has eroded many persons interest in the genre.  People develop their interest in comics when they are young, usually starting with Richie Rich and Archie, then graduate up to the superhero genres, but no parent is going to waste $3 on a comic-book for their 6 year old.  Next, comics are found almost exclusively in Comic Shops, where younger readers won’t be able to get to them unless mom & dad go there, too.  What the industry should do is bring back inexpensive titles, maybe reprints of older stuff like Casper, and get these into the supermarkets where many of us first discovered them way back before there were comic shops.  I used to walk three miles out to Hall’s Bookrack when I was 14 to get the latest Swamp Thing (1st series) and what-not.  That was over 30 years ago.  My own initial exposure to comics was at my grandparents home where my uncles and aunts, only a couple years older than myself, had comics all over the house.  Nowadays, if Dad is a collector, comics are stored in polypropylene bags with acid-free backboards stuffed into long white cardboard boxes where the kids won’t mess them up.

Hang on to your collections, folks, because the era of the paper comic will soon vanish and you’ll be sitting on a gold mine.

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3 Responses to “Comic Industry”

  1. John Says:

    You’re nuts. Comic books are hotter than ever. Their reach is larger than ever.

  2. wulfmann Says:

    On the contrary, comic book movies notwithstanding, the readeship is predominantly over 30, meaving new readers or not coming in. A special on the Discovery channel explained how the industry has been foundering for years. Story lines like the “Death of Superman” and “Lex Luthor for President” were attempts to bring in more readership. However, the speculators who bought up the “Death of Superman” titles ended up taking a beating (which they deserved) and sales are still at all time lows. Cutting the price would help, to be sure, but greater distribution might also help. I personally have seen several comic shops go under in the Detroit Metro area alone. Some of them are getting by with the gaming supplies and action figures, but even those aren’t selling as well as could be hoped. Oddly enough, it may be the scan-pirates who help save the industry by bringing the illegal copies of scanned comics to the internet where younger audiences get exposure where they might not get it otherwise.

  3. Dori Fritzinger Says:

    I agree comic books were a good thing. Many in my age group went through the therory of if it was a classical book you were reading junk – but hey – at least kids were reading!! Now-a-days we crank them out through the schools systems and they can not even read to fill out a basic job application!

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