Prince Namor

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  1. The price will change when and if it ever gets restocked.
  2. It's very possible those thieves stole that inventory and then sold it back to him unknowingly.
  3. Yes, in Canada, after the first appearance in their version of the comic (1974), it was reprinted in that format in 1978. Also before the 1986 American reprint are versions in France, Norway, Germany, and Sweden. Didn't mean to overlook those markets around the world, but at the time I didn't have any access to them. Most American readers would have to wait over a decade if they couldn't find a copy! But...That's a very cool book! Thanks for sharing!
  4. Graphic novel sales up 42% in North American bookstores this quarter Graphic novel sales in the North American bookstore market is up 42% this quarter, according to the market research company NPD Group. For the months of July - September 2020, 4 million print graphic novels were reportedly sold in the North American bookstore market - up tremendously from April - June 2020's 2.8 million print graphic novels. NPD reports that the manga sub-category accounted for nearly three-quarters of the growth in this most recent quarter. According to NPD, the manga subcategory has (grown) 25
  5. Not really. Not really at all. In January 2019, as a random example, ASM #14 (Volume whatever) sold 91,547 copies to the stores (#5 for the week) and the TOP selling Spider-man trade paperback for the month was Spider-geddon TPB at #9 and a whopping 2,591 copies sold. Ouch. That means, combined these two books couldn't break 100,000 copies sold. Of the numbers we do have for ASM, we know that in the 60's the book averaged over 360,000 monthly copies (after newsstand returns), in the 70's it fell into the 270,000's, the 80's sometimes just under 250,000, before the boom in the 9
  6. Back in the mid to late 70's and into the 80's, as Wolverine's popularity began to grow, due in part to his monthly appearance in the Uncanny X-Men, people began to seek out Wolverine's first appearance to... and I know this is difficult for some of you to comprehend, but... they sought it out to READ it. To read about it. No seriously, they wanted to READ it. See, back then there was no trade paperback availability. The story wouldn't be reprinted for the first time until 1986 in comic book form and not in a trade paperback until 2004's 'Best of Wolverine'. People were curiou
  7. I would never consider myself one to defend Todd's writing skills, and I do realize... that when content is reviewed by those with a limited capacity for understanding story elements OR who just have a limited exposure to story elements (i.e. growing up on video games, YouTube, social media, Ritalin use, etc.) they may just miss this but... Al Simmons (was that his name? I'm going by memory here) was in real love with his wife. She and his daughter (?) were everything to him and... whereas being Spawn with all of that 'kewl' stuff is certainly appealing to the average teen who plays video
  8. I can only imagine. I had a lot less to look at in the mid-70's, but it still made me drool.
  9. +100 As an example, just hearing people go on about 'Trimpe's terrible art' makes me wince. It's all subjective of course, BUT objectively, Marvel has resold those stories with his art for decades. That IS standing the test of time. But as you said: "Better to focus on and get the most out of your own interpretation."
  10. One of the things that will one day be lost on people who 'collect' comics, is the thrill of seeing that brand new book on the newsstand as a boy and being excited to pick it up and read it. Each generation gets less of a thrill from that because comic books in each generation are less and less of the standard for entertainment. In 1945, what was available to look cooler to a kid than a glossy color comic book on the newsstand? TV was still black and white, mass produced color films were still 5 years away... For me... even in 1975, the glossy look of a new comic was the coolest thin
  11. This explains a lot. Spawn appeals to a lot of people from your generation, who grew up on video games... what looks cool. What is hyped as 'good'. Spawn looks very cool. It was birthed in cesspool of high speculation. Todd carefully expanded his brand into as many other forms as possible (movies, animation, toys). A whole generation of people have been indoctrinated into accepting Spawn as a legitimate thing. And he never stopped publishing it, regardless of low the numbers got... The thing that the Toddster also had over many of his contemporaries is that he actually had a fundame
  12. So you'll never make any real money buying and selling comics, so what? Collect what you want. Enjoy it. Ok... so you have a very specific point of view that doesn't align with what history has shown. Once again, collect what you want. Enjoy it. Why worry about what someone else thinks? To 'hold the test of time' is being used in your own subjective personal view. You might be in the wrong hobby.
  13. Still plenty of 30, 40 and 50 year old guys who enjoy going to a small show and finding things they're interested in or picking up things on eBay or in auctions. You probably have another 20 years of that. By that time though... the generation following up... and the comics they may buy today... looks bleak to me.
  14. Or wouldn't THIS be a nice piece to own.... (from Hiroya Oku's Inuyashiki)