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Author Topic: ARCHIE COMICS FOR JUNE 2017  (Read 5428 times)

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DeCarlo Rules

Re: ARCHIE COMICS FOR JUNE 2017
« on: April 02, 2017, 01:21:07 AM »

I know the upcoming book doesn't include all 77 issues of the 1971 series. I was just showing where you could read them in color.

I have several Archie comics trade paperbacks that are more than 400 pages each. The pages are a little bit bigger than the digests, and the paper is higher quality. And they were about $15 each.

I would gladly pay $20 for the Sabrina book if it was in color.

And I would gladly pay $40-$50 for a hardcover volume of 250-300 pages on better paper in color (similar to THE BEST OF ARCHIE COMICS - DELUXE EDITION), but I doubt if either your wishes or mine are going to be realized in this case. There doesn't appear to be a large enough audience willing to support a color trade paperback collection composed entirely of nothing but Sabrina stories.

Cases in point:

- ACP solicited a similar TP collection (in color) composed of equal parts Sabrina, Josie, and Little Archie stories last year, under the title ARCHIE'S BIG BOOK: MAGIC, MUSIC, & MISCHIEF. The solicitation was later cancelled and the TP was never published (and we can presume that was due to low pre-orders).

- A couple of months ago ACP solicited SABRINA 80 PAGE GIANT COMIC #1. That too has since been cancelled and removed from the publishing schedule.

- This is at least the third (and maybe fourth) time this particular COMPLETE SABRINA collection has been solicited, going back to several years ago for the first time. To date it still hasn't been published, and I doubt that this solicitation will fare any better, to be frank -- in spite of the relatively cheap $10 asking price.


Your tastes and mine simply don't reflect those of the majority of consumers. My advice here would be to take what you can get, if by some miracle The Complete Sabrina TP actually does wind up being published this time. You can hold out for color, and maybe if you're willing to wait enough years, you never know what could change. Enough Marvel Comics consumers eventually demanded color trade paperback reprint collections of the stories formerly comprising the contents of their b&w ESSENTIALS trade collections that they wound up discontinuing that branding and format, replacing it with what are currently known as the Marvel EPIC COLLECTIONs. Those trade paperbacks retail for between $35 and $40 cover price, depending on page count and the popularity of the series reprinted. It's interesting to note that many of the stories which are common to being reprinted as both Essential and Epic Collections were reprinted even earlier as part of the hardcover Marvel Masterworks collections. Those HCs were initially priced at $30 per volume (for 10 consecutive issues of a given series), when that format began in the early 1990s. At the time the b&w Essentials collections were introduced in the mid-1990s, they represented a "bargain-priced" alternative edition of the same comics being reprinted in the HC Masterworks series -- twice the amount of content in page-count, but at half the cover price of the HC series. In fact the Masterworks HC series still continues today with occasional releases, but over the length of time that the Masterworks line has continued, the standard cover price has increased that so that currently, the same page-count volumes cost $75. The Marvel Epic Collection TPs published today retail for an even higher cover price than the Marvel Masterworks HC collections did when that program began decades ago. I mention all this by way of example of the economic realities of comic book publishing in 2017. Don't forget to take into account that ACP isn't Marvel by any stretch of the imagination, in terms of its consumer base.
« Last Edit: April 02, 2017, 02:25:03 AM by DeCarlo Rules »

 


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