Breaking: Comic Prices Dropping To $2.99

In what has to be some of the biggest news to hit the comic industry in a while, it was announced today that comic pricing will be going down.  To ensure the survival of the print industry amongst digital platforms like Apple’s iPad, and the recently announced BlackBerry PlayBook, DC Comics announced a complete restructuring of their comic line.  Here are all the changes going to take shape starting in January.

As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:

American Vampire;
Batman: The Dark Knight;
Batman Incorporated;
Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
JSA All-Stars.

As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:

Gears of War;
God of War;
Kane & Lynch;
Ratchet & Clank.

As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:

Action Comics;
Adventure Comics;
Batman: Streets of Gotham;
Detective Comics;
Doc Savage;
Justice League of America;
Legion of Super-Heroes;
The Spirit.

In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:

Batman: Europa # 1
First Wave # 6
DCU: Legacies # 9
Weird Worlds # 1
World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen

The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:

Hellblazer # 275

Major props to Comic Book Resources for all the details.  Now that DC has done this, you can bet Marvel has something to say on the subject.  Well would you look at that, they do have something to say.  It turns out that Marvel is lowering the prices of all new titles in 2011.  Their reasoning is a bit different than DC.  Instead of talking about the long-term survival of the print market, they’re saying their digital comics are selling so well that they can afford to lower the print costs.

Whatever the case may be, this is excellent news for old and new comic fans alike.  The number one hurdle has been the insane $4 price point.  This is a comic we’re talking about here.  When I was younger comics were around $0.85 or so.  Now look at the price!  At $2.99 I think old fans will buy more, and new fans introduced to the market via platforms like the iPad and PlayBook will be less afraid to buy a print comic for the lower price.

Do any of you have any comments on this topic?

6 thoughts on “Breaking: Comic Prices Dropping To $2.99”

  1. Sweeeet i was thinking of coming back to comic books i used to collect the crap out of them when they used to be .25-.75 a comic or even packs those were the days i couldn’t believe when they went so up in price might start back up :) great news hehe

    1. I’ve been reading for decades, and people really forget about the evil 90s, where a single comic could run you $5-$7! Those were the real dark days, the industry has never recovered unfortunately. I think a standard $2.99 price for all comics would be perfect. The digital books run you $1.99 so I think that’s a great balance between the two. If they make this a rule moving forward, I could really see the market growing instead of shrinking as it is right now.

  2. I read up till the 3rd issue of OMIT. I’ll read the conclusion the next time I receive my comics.

    1. I want to hear your thoughts once you’ve read them all. You could even write up a little something for here. Even if it is just me reading it. First you’ve got to get that Spidey review out. We’re ubber late with that one. Same with me and Quantum Theory, but I can’t stop playing Spider-Man O_O

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