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Wednesday, April 20, 2005

MARVELS FOR $1



Marvel Comics already has a successful high-end Masterworks program and an affordable phonebook Essentials program for fans of their classic early stories. But now readers on a real tight budget can get in on the action too.

In July Marvel is offering six new dollar digests to the direct market with a suggesting retail price of $1.00. These b&w, newsprint 4-7/8 x 6-9/16 are not Marvel’s standard digest format. Each volume is 64 pages and according to the publisher contains approximately three classic Marvel Comics stories, some perhaps abridged to fit the format.

Offered to retailers as a “Previews Plus” item, the special digests all go on sale July 6th and are as follows:

SPIDER-MAN: AMAZING FANTASY DOLLAR DIGEST
Collects AMAZING FANTASY #15, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1, #2

FANTASTIC FOUR: FIRST FAMILY DOLLAR DIGEST
Collects FANTASTIC FOUR #1-#3

AVENGERS: ASSEMBLE DOLLAR DIGEST
Collects AVENGERS #1-#3

SPIDER-MAN: DOCTOR OCTOPUS DOLLAR DIGEST
Collects AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #3,#4,#5

HULK: HULK SMASH DOLLAR DIGEST
Collects HULK #1-#3

X-MEN: CHILDREN OF THE ATOM
Collects X-MEN #1-#3

Huh? Haven't we all read these stories enough times? Yes they are great and yes they are classic but I think us 30+ year olds have enough cash to buy the Masteworks as we are the only ones really into reading 40+ year old stories with funky art.

Why not reprint the stuff the kids today really want to read like I don't know -- the JIM LEE run on X-MEN, the Frank Miller DAREDEVIL's and some of the earlier Romita Jr. SPIDER-MAN issues....OK granted alot of those titles dont have a complete story in 3 issues but at least they can oogle the art and trace it until they become the next Travis Charest!

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