Cassandra Complex, Or: How Much Is Too Much, Part 2

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about cover prices, asking “How Much is Too Much?” to spend on a new issue.  At that point I imagined it would be something of a round number, $5 or $10, that would be what set most people off, but because standard cover prices now are $3-$4, I thought it would take a while to see how it all shook out.

Well, I was a little more prescient than I would have liked.  Fables makes it to its 100th issue in November that will be a whopping 100 pages, but the cover price for that book is $9.99. Compare that to Amazing Spider-Man #600 last July, which was 104 pages for $4.99.

(I’m not sure that this is relevant to anything, but I find it interesting: Fables is one of DC’s few books that are still 32 pages for $3.)

Now, the price per page may be down (depending on the number of ad pages), but now that we’re seeing $10 comics hit the stands, what do you think?  Or could we simply be seeing an inevitable drift to the manga format of thick  books at $10 a pop?

Let me know what you think in the comments section.

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One comment on “Cassandra Complex, Or: How Much Is Too Much, Part 2

  1. […] been writing the blog I’ve been railing against escalating cover prices and saying how comic values are depreciating to the point at which it’s cheaper to wait two months and pick up issues in discount bins. […]

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