Dana --Previous Message--
: You know, when I go to the 'net and read soooo
: many messages about Omega Flight and buying
: it and the art and all, and the comparisons
: to other titles it got me thinking:
: Is Marvel editorial/publishing dumb?
: Other people have pointed out low sales on
: lots of titles that keep staying on course,
: while other solid titles get axed even if
: they sell more. Often then the reasons
: given are "This book has a good core
: base and will grow" or "This book
: sells so well in trades that..."
: So I checked and asked around, looked high
: and low, to see what I could see. Oh, look:
: She-Hulk - never sold well, ever, tied to
: New Avengers, crossed over with other
: titles, tied into Civil War for months, now
: Planet Hulk and Civil War tie-ins, and it
: hovers around 24,000 sold on average, as low
: as 20 thousand but never over 40 thousand,
: doesn't do great on trade sales. Book
: started out low selling and stayed there
: despite all of the efforts and tie-ins and T
: & A and so on. So this poor seller
: survives solely due to editorial, most
: likely Joseph Quesada.
: Irredeemable Ant-Man - terrible sales, under
: 20000 for months, trades are a joke, but it
: isn't cancelled yet. No fan base, sales
: have dropped every month, and it is still
: solicited why? The writer must have a
: contract that keeps the book alive.
: Heroes for Hire - directly part of Civil
: War, this T & A book has dropped like a
: stone ever since it launched, even though it
: is still tied into Civil War and still
: getting Iron Man etc. fans to buy into it.
: I think it'll be near 20000 soon. Why does
: it exist, except for the T & A? Because
: Tom Brevoort is a big fan of F-list
: characters (Misty Knight, Humbug??)?
: Spider-Girl, Avengers Next - OK, Marvel
: editorial has made no nonsense about their
: love for these two books, both which get
: lots of promotion but sell like All Ages
: releases without All Ages costs. They
: survive solely because Marvel wants them to,
: not beacuse they make money.
: Immortal Iron Fist - the mini that is
: ongoing anyway. Poor sales every month,
: getting worse. Hard to see why this and
: Ant-Man weren't minis from the get go,
: nobody I know even know either exists (and
: when I told them, they didn't care).
: Blade usually seels 20000 or a little more.
: Cable & deadpool also sell low, but not
: that low. Lower than Exiles and Excalibur.
: Runaways - Marvel plugs this book so often
: my brain hurts. Yet nobody buys it. It
: crosses over with Young Avengers and nobody
: cared. She-Hulk numbers, very bad for a
: book that gets such a huge promotional kick
: all the time.
: Is Bullet Points a mini? If not, why not??
: Really, all of these titles have a hard time
: selling because of bad writing, bad art,
: boring characters, boring set-up.
: X-Factor, Excalibur and Exiles are a tier
: above these books. But I bet Omega Flight
: will have to sell over 40000 an issue to get
: a sniff. mjaybe 50 thousand. Runaways
: never gets 25000 but mini? Oh heavens no,
: can't do that to Runaways. Spider-Girl at
: 17000, that's OK, She-Hulk at 20000 agin,
: that's great,...
: We'll have to buy Omega Flight in bunches to
: get close to having the higher ups at Marvel
: care, but then again Omega Flight will be
: the ticket. I love what I've seen so far,
: only three (two?) weeks until I get mine!
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