Numbercrunching Marvel Solicitations For April 2011

Numbercrunching Marvel Solicitations For April 2011

Here's the numbercrunching headlines, based on Marvel Comics solicitation information for March, for their Marvel Universe and Ultimate titles.

Looks like we've reached a kind of plateau for Marvel's page/price points/item count. Back to a four week month, as opposed to March's five weeks, we're still at 14.5 cents a page, with one more title than in February.

The .1 comics are still adding to that price position, and to the title count, as is the generosity of the new $3.99 Fear Itself with a massive page count.

Titles doubling up for April are Avengers and Secret Avengers, both with a .1 title, Incredible Hulks, the new Skarr: King Of The Savage Land series, and Uncanny X-Men which doubles up and gets a .1 title, making KIeron Gillen writing three Uncanny X-Men comics published this month. Four if you count Generation Hope. Which I do.

The schedules are still full of Thor and Captain America in the hope the  movie market will sustain them.

Other new books of note include a new Halo miniseries, Captain America; Fighting Avenger by Brian Clevinger and Gurihiru, the emergence of the Annual crossover at vMarvel again, with Steve Roger: Super Soldier Annual continuing from X-Men Annual and Amazing Spider-Man Annual lining up a three part Spidey/Hulk/Deadpool crossover, Identity Wars by John Layman and Lee Garbett entering a parallel dimension where Peter Parker is a success.

On with the numbercrunching!

December: 93 comics – 20 titles at $2.99 (22 pages of story), 55 $3.99 (22 pages of story), 16 titles at $3.99 (30 pages of story). 2 comics $4.99 (44 pages of story)

Complete cost: $353.07 for 2218 pages of story (15.9 cents a page)

January: 75 comics – 28 at $2.99 (22 pages of story), 38 at $3.99 (22 pages), 8 at $3.99 (30 pages) 1 at $4.99 (44 pages)

Complete cost: $273.25 for 1736 pages of story (15.7 cents a page)

February: 72 comics – 37 at $2.99 (22 pages of story), 26 at $3.99 (22 pages), 9 at $3.99 (30 pages) 1 at $4.99 (70 pages)

Complete cost: $255.27 for 1726 pages of story (14.8 cents a page)

March: 87 comics – 44 at $2.99 (22 pages of story), 28 at $3.99 (22 pages), 13 at $3.99 (30 pages) 1 at $3.99 (38 pages), 1 at $4.99 (90 pages)

Complete cost: $304.13 for 2101 pages of story ( 14.5 cents a page)

April: 71 comics – 34 at $2.99 (22 pages of story), 23 at $3.99 (22 pages of story) 8 at $3.99 (30 pages of story), 2 at $3.99 (38 pages of story), 1 at $3.99 (46 pages of story), 2 at $4.99 (38 pages of story) and 1 at $4.99 (46 pages of story).

Complete cost: $258.27 for 1782 pages of story (14.5 cents a page)

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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