Some Comics May Be Late For Some East Coast Stores This Week. But You'll Get Over It.


There's a famous cartoon, widely criticized at the time, by Philip Zec. Printed by the Daily Mirror during the second world war, it featured a sailor clutching the remains of a torpedoed ship, with the caption "The price of petrol has been increased by one penny – Official."

I'm reminded of it now, with the news of a traffic accident on the Interstate 81, a UPS truck burned and the driver killed.

A UPS double-tractor trailer on the northbound side of I-81 hit the back of a pick-up truck towing a camper near mile marker 18, THP said.  The UPS truck hit the guardrail and caught fire.  The pickup truck overturned and also hit the guardrail.

Parcels from the UPS truck were scattered across the grassy median.

THP identified the deceased driver of the tractor trailer as James Berl Tacy, Jr, 67, Covington Virginia.

Pick-up truck driver Kevin J. Bowling, 60, and his passenger Pamela R. Bowling, 57, both of Johnson City were injured.  But THP at the scene said their injuries were minor and didn't require hospitalization.

And why is this on Bleeding Cool? Because a number of comic shops were due to receive packages full of new comics today, distributed by Diamond Comic Distributors using UPS, and now either won't, or they will be delayed. Some stores have heard the whole of the East Coast may be affected but Diamond reps reassure me that only six to eight stores are affected. However  it seems rather trivial in the light of the above news.

Again, if you get to your store to discover they don't have this week's comics, do remember that there are far bigger problems in the work. Come back next week. And go home and hug your loved ones.

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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