Marvel Ends Newsstand Sales

Slide from Newsstand Rarity Discussion & Estimates; discussion below.

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This slide is part of my post entitled
Newsstand Rarity Discussion & Estimates where I have collected quotes and graphics related to the discussion of relative newsstand rarity over the years, compared to direct edition copies. In this slide, I am discussing a quote where Marvel’s David Gabriel confirms the end of newsstand sales:

“Gabriel confirmed that Marvel’s single-issue comics program to bookstores has been ended. He said that Marvel ended newsstand sales of print comics “about two years ago””

ComicsBeat, 2013

What is particularly interesting to me about this 2013 quote, is the idea that not only did Marvel shut down newsstand sales to the last remaining newsstand outlets (bookstores), but that about two years prior to that — which would have been circa 2010-2011 — they had ended newsstand sales outside of those bookstore outlets. This paints a picture of stark relative rarity numbers for Marvel newsstand comics into those final years of newsstand sales. Especially in the context of the industry-wide newsstand collapse — in another slide I quote Miller’s 2013 estimate of just 6.8% newsstand sales across the industry. If that’s where the industry found itself in 2013, where was Marvel, which had already pulled out of all other newsstand outlets about two years before?

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