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Saturday, February 12, 2011 

Save for one title, everything else sold below 73,000 last month

This ICV2 sales chart shows that, while Fantastic Four #587 sold 115,000 copies, all other series sold below 73,000 copies in January. So many once majestic titles are now plummeting to dismal numbers thanks to the destruction the people in charge of the big two have caused, and again, it's going to be exceedingly harder for the big two to justify the sales results.

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In semi-related news, Sports Illustrated ended print-only memberships this week.

We're going to see a mass migration of all periodicals into digital formats. The Big Two may be held back from this transition by the ties to the direct market, but it's going to happen.

Print-only subscriptions.

The digital drift, soon to be a digital tsunami, makes the current print comics the rarest issues ever. Given the attrition rate of past print issues, the fact that the current crop are printed in low numbers to begin with means the retarded SlottSpiderMan, the horrible JMSuperman and JMSWonderWoman and the rest are guaranteed rarities of the futures.

Bi-freakin-zarre.

There has to be demand in order for rarity to mean anything.

Which is why I'll never get the mega-bucks now that my early Valiants used to go for back in the day. :)

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