Marvel To Change The Face Of Newsstand Comics

Marvel To Change The Face Of Newsstand ComicsBleeding Cool has been the first to bring you news as to how both Hastings and Barnes & Noble have been massively increasing the amount of comic book material they carry.

Well, Marvel seems to have sat up and noticed. I understand that they are launching a massive amount of new ongoing titles for this market, that will anthologise existing material and flood the growing market. The titles I have so far are Marvel Adventures, Marvel Chronicles, Marvel Classics, Marvel Essentials, Marvel Family, Marvel Heroes, Marvel Icons, Marvel Initiative, Marvel Knights, Marvel Legends, Marvel Milestones, Marvel Power, Marvel Redux, Marvel Select, Marvel Silver, Marvel Spotlight, Marvel Techno and Marvel Wonders.

And while the books wll be priced at $3.99, they will contain two to three issues worth of story. This would seem to mirror the kind of reprint news stand volumes that Panini publish in Europe. And indeed have similar titles (right). Just not quite so many of them.

In a time when digital is being emphasised by many, it's refreshing to see such a step offering print value to a market that may not have seen much of the comics being reprinted.

I understand this project has been driven by Marvel's Chief Operating Officer, Jim Sokolowski.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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