Thursday, October 7, 2010

DC COMICS DROPS PRICES ON $3.99 TITLES; MOVES TO $2.99 PRICE POINT FOR ONGOING COMIC BOOK SERIES ...wait read the fine print...

OK I saw this: DC COMICS DROPS PRICES ON $3.99 TITLES; MOVES TO $2.99 PRICE POINT FOR ONGOING COMIC BOOK SERIES and I though, FINALLY some one is listening to be after my rant about comic book pricing.  Then I read this part:

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

Did you see that?  That subtle change from 22 pages of story to 20 pages.  You just LOST 10% of story/content in this price reduction.  But here is the sad point, do you notice the cover of the Teen Titans issue # 1 (November 1980) right here.  That is right! They say 25 Pages for 50 CENTS!!!!  So in the last 30 years, the 32 page comic books have lost 5 pages of content so now you have a comic book with 37.5% full of it with paid ads.  In 1980, it was 21.8% full of paid ads and it cost 1/6 the price. I have said is over and over, comic books need to be 99 cents printed on color newsprint.  Forget the slick fancy paper, it cost TOO much.  If it is good enough for Diamond's Previews it is good enough for the comics they sell. Well at least DC kind of got it right.

Now they need to work on the 50 cent digital comic instead of the silly subscription.  Talk to you later...