A little while ago, I quit collecting comic books after a lifetime of being a loyal Marvel Comics reader, collector, and fan. Don't get me wrong: I still love the comic book medium and even the Marvel characters. I just had to made the decision to walk away. This decision wasn't made lightly and much thought was put into it before it before I quit. After all, this was a 30+ year habit I walked away from. At the height of my collecting I was spending over $300 a month. Here are the reasons I walked away:
1) The cost. I'm sorry - $3.99 for a new Marvel comic is ridiculous. Combine this with the sheer number of appearances most characters make in a month (I believe Spider-Man is averaging somewhere around 15-18 appearances a month). Marvel goes from one massive crossover to the next that, of course, involve ALL of the main characters. This equals dozens of additional titles. I think somebody should be able to read Spider-Man - ALL of the Spider-Man appearances in a month for WAY less than $60, say, perhaps $20. Aftter awhile, you start to think what else you could be spending that money on. That's a lot of novels or DVDs or... whatever. It's clear to me that where story and characters once were primary, Marvel now just puts out comics and mega-events just to make as much money as humanly possible. Sorry, Marvel. I'm not your ATM anymore.
|Every boy, sooner or later, must put away his toys|
and become a man. Wise words, Pete!
Marvel, you may have lost me for good. After spending some time away from comics, strangely, I don't miss them nearly as much as I thought I would. But if you ever hope to get me back you need to do two things:
1) Make the hobby affordable again. I don't carry what quality paper the comic is printed on. Cut costs, stuff every issue full of ads, and sell new comics for $1.50.
2) Respect your fans. Only put out high quality comics and only do crossovers on occassion as warranted by the story, not when you want to goose sales.
3) Treat the characters with respect, starting with restoring Spider-Man's marriage and 30 years of Spider-Man continuity.
Do those things and I MAY give you a second chance. MAYBE.