Yes, I know that. None the less, regardless of it being a stunt, it was still part of the story. Lois and Clark both faced a new challenge after getting married.Originally Posted by The Bat-Man
I never said that it wasn't a happy marriage. But even happy marriages have road bumps, leading to conflicts between the two. Just like in real life.A few road bumps from some event stunts like Superman Red and Superman Blue. It was a happy marriage for the most part.
Those shrunken sales had more to do with the stupid attempts at undoing the marriage and the declining comic book market, then the fact that Spider-Man was even married at all.Sales that are considered "very well" today would have gotten the book canceled years ago. As John Byrne said, "The final, and most devastating stage came, of course, when those shrunken sales were accepted, and even applauded. (Remember a few years back when one of the Spider-Man writers showed up in this Forum celebrating the 'huge' sales on the latest issues -- sales that would have gotten the book canceled a few years earlier? The triumph of mediocrity and diminished expectations.)"
The Census is not the be all, end all of what is considered middle age. The majority of people consider middle age to be their fifties and have for decades.The US Census lists middle age as 35 to 54.
Aging in comic book time always changes. Every few years, there was a push back to get the characters back to a certain age. This was talked about in both Marvel and DC letter columns.That was John Byrne's math, hence the quotations and the link. John Byrne explained that he was told in the late '90s that Dick was 26 by that point
Which was no different from this...This is not all ages appropriate:
This is from the regular Catwoman comic rated "T+" for "teen plus" which DC says is "Appropriate for readers age 16":
But there are still stories for all ages.
Besides, kids watch the Batman films and see some gruesome stuff there even when it's labeled PG-13. They watched Wolverine kill people in "X-2" and Captain America fight in a war.
I never said otherwise. That was my point. Kids are reading it, whether they pay for it or not, they're reading it. And as to paying for comics, if they pay for music, they'll pay for comics and magazines.People are less likely to pay for comics pages on their computer off of the DC site when they can rely on Bit Torrent sites where they can get the pages on their computer for free.
Right because your house/apartment won't catch fire, be damaged in an earthquake, be destroyed by a hurricane or a tornado. No, none of those things couldn't possibly happen.Either way, as I said, if your computer gets a virus and crashes, you'd have lost your comic pages if their just images on your comp, without the actual physical comic books in your position.
It wasn't all choosing to leave, they were kicked out.The comic book companies choose to leave the newsstand market and sell all comics through the Direct Sales Market comic shops, which keep and sell back issues, so that all sales would produce the highest possible profits for the companies without any unsold comics being returned to the publishers. Books that go unsold go back to the publisher. And that's the price publishers have to pay for mass distribution of their product in mainstream stores.
Not all of that is that. Green Lantern, Uncanny X-Men and Detective Comics have been reported being carried as well.DC comics selling at Toys R Us are the Johnny DC comics Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?, Superman Family Adventures, Eme-Comi Girls: Featuring Batgirl, pandering to one audience - little children, limits the consumers for those books.
They carry monthly books as well. Hastings has always carried monthly books as well as trades and four years ago, they struck a deal to carry more monthly books, in order to compete with the comic book stores. Barnes & Noble also carries monthly books. Three years back, I went with my mother to the BX in the state where I live, to take advantage of lower prices for holiday shopping. They carry monthly books. HPB has boxes of comics that are collected from local dealers as well as people who sold their collection. I've managed to get comics from the 80's and 90's, as well as newer books from the last five years since one opened in my neck of the woods. I've even seen parents go through the boxes with their kids. I can get 50 cents for a comic that's unbagged, a dollar for one that is bagged and pay regular price for something that's been out for three to four years. I've even seen classic comics from the Silver and Bronze Age, which are kept separate due to the price of said book.Barnes & Noble, Hastings, military BX's and Half Price Books carry the high priced TPB graphic novels aimed at the adult readers.
The same thing happens in the films, television and animated mediums. Batman's had four actors in twenty years and just went through one reboot and will go into another. Superman had three television shows in a twenty five year period. We had Brandon Routh six years ago and now we've got Henry Cavill (sp). Spider-Man just got rebooted this past summer. "Batman: The Brave & The Bold" is about to be replaced by "Beware The Batman". "Smallville" gave us a Green Arrow for five years and now we've got another one in his own series called "Arrow". The Hulk is on his third actor.I believe that the low sales of DC and Marvel monthlies are mostly due to four factors - the monthly content being long and gimmicky continuity-heavy story arc stunts where you are only getting a small unsatisfying part of a long story arc rather than a complete story, which is one of the biggest hurtles and turn-offs to new readers and casual readers, along with reboots radically altering iconic characters, plus too many comics they are really not for all-ages and most are not sold in mainstream stores which prevents parents from buying the majority of the comics for their kids.
As to long stories, that's the nature of the industry as a whole. A lot of ongoing television is less episodic and more serial. Even in animation that's happened.
Not from where I'm at.Not enough kids attend Free Comic Book Day held at the shrinking number of comic book stores.
They did that. DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Image and Bongo Comics all did that between 2004 and 2007. It failed.More availability is important to making comic books more accessible. DC and Marvel really should shift business practices. They really should expand the comic book marketplace again - get comics back into all the venues in which they used to be available before the Direct Sales Market shrank everything to its present closeted state.
Sadly, that doesn't matter because newspapers are a dying market as well. A good number have folded up their tents within the last twelve years. Newsweek is ending it's print publication and going to digital full time. Other magazines and newspapers are dying because of digital technology, resulting in the industry having to change gears.Imagine newspapers or a magazine like Time magazine being taken out of the newsstand and all the supermarkets and selling only through small, isolated specialty stores. Turning a mass market publication into a niche market publication.
They weren't caring when it was in places like grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies and retail stores.The average non-comic reading person doesn't know where the nearest comic shop is, and doesn't see why he or she should care. But if the comics were actually sold in places most people regularly visit such as supermarkets, then they would actually notice their existence, and then they might actually pick up one and buy one, and some who bought them might actually become regular comic book buyers. All-age comics available in supermarkets without continuity-heavy story arcs could attract people of all-age groups again.