The New World Disorder of Marvel Distribution – Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

The New World Disorder of Marvel Distribution – Wednesday, October 6th, 2021

Wonder Woman is 80, and DC Celebrates with a 100-pager for $9.99. We might have one left. (Ooops.) Spider-Man (Amazing) must be 58-1/2 because we had #74 last week, and #75 this week,  and that’s all that happened. Kidding. Lots more. 

I’m going to pull back the curtain and talk about over our heads industry, meta type stuff. In the wake of the early pandemic, DC pulled it’s products away from Diamond Distribution, who from around 1997 to 2020, was really the only way to get any and all comics and related merchandise in the U.S. and beyond. They were a monopoly, were frustrating, and of course had their problems, but distributing comics was all they did, and they understood retailers and customers like you, more or less, and were dependable, getting most things here mostly on time more or less 52 times a year for over 20 years. DC chose some small operation outside of New York had ever heard of outside the East Coast called Lunar. If you remember when comics came back, it was ugly with our DC’s. Things have evened out, and they haven’t screwed up badly for quite a while (now watch out for next week!) 

As of this week, Marvels are being shipped by Penguin Random House Books. They are a giant, who ship books to stores where the words “Mint Condition” have never been uttered. Where bags and boards are a mystery.  They have ZERO idea what comic retailers want and even less idea what some of our customers want. Cover Variants?  Oh, you mean hardcover/softcover. They proudly announced that they ordered special boxes that would hold exactly 100 comics in one stack.  Wow. That was someone’s idea of how to adapt to their new clientele. Thin cardboard. EVERY corner of every comic exposed to careless handlers and drivers. The damage on Wednesday was epic. Small week. Three boxes. The damage report is almost 80 comics, including some 1/25 pricey variants, so that’s nearly 30%. I could have made it 150, but we wanted some comics to sell. Look carefully at Marvels if that matters to you. About 2 hours of listening to retailers could have made big difference. 

I don’t think anyone cares about comic retailers anymore, but someone upstairs MIGHT care what fans and buyers think. If you feel like it, and want to tell them condition is important to you, their customer service number is 1-800-733-3000

Maybe don’t tell them what store put you up to this (although they may see your phone number, so, oh well.)

We are enforcing a Mask Rule.  We are concerned and frankly afraid of the Delsantis Variant’s effectiveness and apparent success in younger people and children. So, please, take one for team America and get a vaccine. Wednesday is STILL New Comic Day, no matter what you read on the internets. We can’t clear the new rack to just have 10 DC’s  surrounded by empty space.  We do it once, Wednesday morning.

We encourage everyone to be careful, make your trip to our store quick and efficient, and try to come in to shop in smaller groups, and reduce your own exposure to ALL public places indoors, including ours. If you like, you can browse the list and make an order to fbgbob@aol.com for a quicker pick up. It might also help to put in a time window when you would be in the neighborhood, to give Bob a chance to get them together, and include a phone number for good measure.

Watch this space and our Facebook page for latest news about the rest of the month, season, year, millenium, etc. (And text messages from 5-Star.) The complete list is found below. If you want to know about the next sale or store event, or whether or not WE ARE EVEN OPEN click here. Sign in here to get an email reminder for ALL sales and other events. Also, you can go to     fb.fantasybooksandgames.com and you’ll be taken to our Facebook page. We also use our in-store 5-Star Rewards system to text similar announcements to your phone.

Had to find a new source for images this week. (Still don’t have any for DC Comics.) Thanks to Time Warp for this week’s images, which include many of the comics and a few of the books and other items we received today, and may have pics of things we didn’t and/or won’t get. Use the list, and maybe the pictures.  

ALMOST AMERICAN #2 $ 3.99
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 75 $ 5.99
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REDSHIFT #3 (OF 6) $ 3.99
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RIGHTEOUS THIRST FOR VENGEANCE #1 CVR A ARAUJO & OHALLORAN $ 3.99
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RIGHTEOUS THIRST FOR VENGEANCE #1 CVR C DALRYMPLE (MR) $ 3.99
RIGHTEOUS THIRST FOR VENGEANCE #1 CVR D 1:10 GREENE VAR $ ???
RIGHTEOUS THIRST FOR VENGEANCE #1 CVR E 1:25 LOTAY VAR $ ???
SAVAGE AVENGERS 25 $ 3.99
SAVAGE AVENGERS 25 SMITH VARIANT $ 3.99
SEVEN SWORDS #4 $ 3.99
SNATCHED #2 $ 3.99
STAR TREK YEAR FIVE #25 CVR A STEPHEN THOMPSON $ 4.99
STAR WARS ADV GHOST VADERS CASTLE #3 (OF 5) CVR A FRANCAVILL $ 3.99
STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES #9 CVR A TOLIBAO $ 3.99
STAR WARS HIGH REPUBLIC ADVENTURES #9 CVR B 1:10 LEV VAR $ ???
SWAMP THING #8 (OF 10) CVR A MIKE PERKINS $ 3.99
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VAN HELSING BEAST OF EXMOOR ONE SHOT CVR A CHEN $ 5.99
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ZORRO FLIGHTS #1 CVR A MARTINEZ $ 3.99

AVENGERS MECH STRIKE TPB $ 15.99
BATMAN CURSE OF THE WHITE KNIGHT TP (MR) $ 24.99
BATMAN WHITE KNIGHT TP $ 19.99
KILLRAVEN EPIC COLLECTION: WARRIOR OF THE WORLDS TPB $ 44.99
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RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL VOL. 6: COME AWAY WITH ME TPB $ 24.99
SENSATIONAL WONDER WOMAN TP VOL 01 $ 16.99
SPIDER-MAN: SPIDER’S SHADOW TPB $ 17.99
Y THE LAST MAN TP BOOK 02 (MR) $ 19.99
ABBOTT 1973 TP $ 17.99
ASCENDER TP VOL 04 (MR) $ 12.99
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CARDCAPTOR SAKURA CLEAR CARD GN VOL 10 $ 10.99
CHAINSAW MAN GN VOL 07 (MR) $ 9.99
GANTZ OMNIBUS TP VOL 07 $ 24.99
INKBLOT TP VOL 02 $ 16.99
INVESTIGATORS BOXED SET (Re/CR) $ 29.97
JUJUTSU KAISEN GN VOL 12 $ 9.99
MANGA CLASSICS SENSE AND SENSIBILITY GN NEW PTG $ 19.99
MY LOVE MIX UP GN VOL 01 $ 9.99
ONE PUNCH MAN GN VOL 23 $ 9.99
SILVER COIN TP VOL 01 (MR) $ 16.99
STAR WARS ADVENTURES SMUGGLERS RUN TP $ 9.99
VAMPIRE HUNTER D OMNIBUS TP VOL 01 $ 19.99
YONA OF THE DAWN GN VOL 32 $ 9.99

BOWMAN 2021 CHROME BASEBALL T/C BOX $ ???
BOWMAN 2021 CHROME BASEBALL T/C CHOICE BOX $ ???
BOWMAN 2021 CHROME BASEBALL T/C LITE BOX $ ???

COMIC SHOP NEWS #1781 $ FREE
MAD MAGAZINE #22 $ 5.99

MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HE-MAN BLACK T/S Sm-XL $ 19.99
MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE HE-MAN BLACK T/S XXL $ 21.99
SHE-RA PRINCESS OF POWER WHITE T/S Sm-XL $ 19.99
SHE-RA PRINCESS OF POWER WHITE T/S XXL $ 21.99

AVP CHOPPER PREDATOR PX 1/18 SCALE FIGURE $ 19.99
POCKET POP SUICIDE SQUAD 2021 HARLEY DAMAGED DRESS KEYCHAIN $ 5.99
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POP ANIMATION GATCHAMAN JOE ASAKURA VINYL FIG $ 11.99
POP ANIMATION GATCHAMAN JUN VINYL FIG $ 11.99
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