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.