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    Great info!
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    Comic book sales are dramatically down from the 1940s and 1960s and even in recent times. They sell about 15% of what they did in the 1940s and maybe 25% of what they did in the 1960s

    In the 1940s 25 million comics a month were sold. Superman sold 2 million. In the 1960s he sold about 800,000 copies an issue. Today it’s about 45,000.

    In the 1960s a comic selling less than 200,000 was cancelled and the top 100 all did much better than that. Today only two or three titles hit 100,000 and the rest are mostly 30-50,000 and even less.

    It may NOT make them less profitable. In 1970 comics were 25 cents, now they are $4-5 dollars, way ahead of inflation.

    Back then, comics were distributed to newsstands, candy stores, coffee shops etc. and the sellers returned, for full credit, the magazines not sold. So a lot were run off and then destroyed.

    Those markets are gone and the companies only ship to dealers what have been ordered and prepaid, there are no returns and no waste. And many comics are collected converted to trade paperbacks (and then called graphic novels) and are sold on Amazon and in bookstores. So the profits could be better than before.
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    But why are comics selling so many fewer than before? New comics have fewer dealers, higher prices, and they stink. All those movies you watch are based on characters from the 40s, 60s, and 70s. (OK, Deadpool, Jessica Jones and Harley Quinn are from 1990. They are only 30 years old)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lefisc View Post
    But why are comics selling so many fewer than before? New comics have fewer dealers, higher prices, and they stink. All those movies you watch are based on characters from the 40s, 60s, and 70s. (OK, Deadpool, Jessica Jones and Harley Quinn are from 1990. They are only 30 years old)
    I think a big reason is also that one of their largest audiences, kids, aren't reading much of anything except their Snap Chat texts.

    Seriously, most kids that I know don't read anything that they don't have to other than their phones.

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    Kids also cannot find these comics in their neighborhood. There are no longer candy stores or newstands
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    Kids are dumb today...yes, that's coming from a bunch of old guys
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    Even if kids wanted to read comics, where would they go? At the mall, there is no store selling comics. Granted, even if there was, I am sure that store would shutdown eventually.

    Kids today are all into their iphone/ipad/tablet/gaming system. Nobody reads anymore unless it is for a school assignment.

    Sign of the times..
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    If Marvel, DC, and the others would offer a Snap Chat service, kids might read them.

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    or a very interactive game similar to "Pokemon Go" or something. Catch all the marvel and DC characters.
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    Barry,

    I think you will greatly enjoy this film version.

    It pays a lot of homage to the comics.

    Warning: Spoilers are in the youtube video below.
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