Thank you, come again.

§ July 6th, 2007 § Filed under Uncategorized Comments Off on Thank you, come again.

As I’m sure most of you know, several 7-11 convenience stores across the country were redecorated into “Kwik-E-Marts,” as an elaborate tie-in to the soon-to-be-unleashed Simpsons movie. As part of the remodeling, the stores were also stocked with several Simpsons-style items, like the Frosted Krusty-Os cereal and Buzz Cola. (You can see a typical Simpson-ized store and its product line at this site.)

What I didn’t realize, until Customer Glenn clued me in on Thursday, was that one of the items was an exclusive issue of Radioactive Man comics…number 711, naturally:

Apparently, the Simpsons merchandise is supposed to be available at all 7-11s, not just the ones turned into Kwik-E-Marts, but neither the 7-11 Glenn checked, nor the one I tried yesterday evening in Oxnard, had the comics.

I suppose I could go the eBay route, since there seems to be a lot of copies on there (that’s where I snagged the above pic) but I don’t know that I want to give any of those guys my money. Particularly the guy trying to sell a lot of 50 copies for $450. I’ll keep checking the 7-11s and hope for the best, I guess.

I’m not even sure what the contents are…the cover is blurbed “Special Origin Issue,” so I suppose it’s at least a partial reprint of the first issue of the original Radioactive Man mini-series. But, hey, it’s still pretty neat, and at the very least, it got comics in 7-11s again. (My local 7-11s stopped carrying comics years ago, and I’m assuming it’s the same everywhere. Let me know if I’m wrong.)

A couple follow-ups to my Flash post from Tuesday:

A few people here and there have challenged my assertion that the Bart Allen Flash series was always intended to be a mini-series, which is fair enough. That’s my interpretation coming from statements made by DC’s Didio and other folks. The opposing interpretation, that the reboot wasn’t decided upon until late in the game as a response to fan reaction and/or sales, may be just as valid. I can’t really prove or disprove either.

However, during some back and forth in the comments section, I whipped out this link, which sales reports on DC titles. According to the several months’ worth of sales figures on the Bart Allen Flash series, the series had dropped down from about 120,000 on the first issue to about 47,000 on issue #11. Issues 9-11 were in about the 46,000 to 47,000 range, with sales bumping up slightly on #11. Those aren’t great numbers, by any means (few comics today have great sales), but it still outsold other DC titles like Robin, Nightwing, Bird of Prey, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl and the Legion of Super-Heroes…none of which are, to my knowledge, getting canceled and/or restarted anytime soon.

I’m not privy to the inner workings of DC Editorial, of course, but I don’t know why they felt a restart was necessary so soon, unless they liked that 120,000 print run on the first ish and wanted to try again with a new series that hopefully wouldn’t shed readership by the tens of thousands. Or, like my crazy theory, the finite nature of this series was planned from the beginning.

Anyway, I think that 47,000 print run wasn’t anything to sneeze at, and given that sales may have started to go up (or at least go down less quickly…they’ve certainly been up at our shop), and that, far as I can tell, people in our shop and online started to be a little more positive about the book (with the exception of that awful last issue, which may have been more “editorial edict” than the writer responsible for its quality), it’s possible that 47,000 could have increased over time. Maybe not fast enough to give the book the profit margin that yet another restart may give it…at least for an issue or two, anyway.

I don’t talk about this particular artist on my site any more, but that won’t stop me from linking to the mighty Cole, who rips Mr. Name-Not-Mentioned-Here a new one in regards to a pissy comment about Grant Morrison writing the intro to the Jack Kirby’s Fourth World omnibus, basically implying Morrison was a poor choice because he did so little work with Kirby’s material.

Cole already explained why this is an entirely wrong-headed argument, but I’ll support him with my little quiz:

Which do you think Kirby would have preferred to see younger creators do in his honor?

A. Slavish devotion and copying of work Kirby had already done?

B. Going out and working on their own whacked-out, original concepts?

I’m reasonably certain there’s only one correct answer, and it ain’t “A.”

Congrats to Chris Sims for getting a pull-quote on the inside cover of Marvel’s new Anita Blake hardcover. Why he got a pull-quote, I’m not entirely sure, since each time a new issue of Anita Blake comes out, Chris goes after it, guns blazing, like it was made of Hitler. At the very least, it shows that the folks behind the Anita Blake comic have a good sense of humor about what Chris does to them with his AB annotations.

A couple more things about this week’s comics: 1) The Thor Suydam zombie-Thor variant and the Suydam non-zombie Thor variant variant are delayed ’til next week. Hopefully that won’t bite (har har) into sales. 2) The Fallen Son: Iron Man “oh noes they’re burying Captain America, lookit all the media coverage” issue we were all warned about, that there may be some minor media-enhanced demand for it…that demand never materialized. No lightning striking twice here. I’ll try to contain my surprise.

Also, Action Comics #851…if you bought it…did you get the 3-D version or the regular version? Or, God help you, both?

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