Monthly Archives: January 2011

MATURE CONTENT: Soaring prices for recently released graphic novels

Gotham's bad girls will cost you more.

Disclaimer: Recent spikes in the secondary market prices of relatively new graphic novels may shock and disturb some viewers.

You know it never really fails to amaze me just how fast and how high the prices on some newly released graphic novels can go. It does not seem to matter whether we are talking about hard covers or paperbacks, the trades seem to have reached a point where the demand on a book raises the asking price not just for a book that was released years ago and is now out of print, but also for something that you would expect to still be in decent supply because it is barely a year old.

Some example of this more recent phenomenon: Batman and Spawn.

Of course there are numerous Batman-related series out there and they are constantly being collected into trade formats. Some have a more niche or smaller following but very dedicated nevertheless. For example, both the Gotham Central and Gotham City sirens series have their smaller core of fans who really enjoy the books and who apparently wanted enough of the collected editions to make some of them very hard to come by.  Perhaps this is a result of DC  only printing the hard cover editions to cover minimal demands which it would appear were underestimated, but I don’t really know. Perhaps it might have something to do with not going back to press for hardcovers once the print is done regardless if there are still fans out there wanting that format? I don’t really know.

what I do know is that if you go over to Amazon.ca, you will be lucky if you can find the first volume of either series (Gotham Central and Gotham City Sirens) at anything near cover price; At last glance, Sirens volume 1 HC was going for over $50 Can, while Gotham Central Volume 1 HC  was going for a staggering $150 Can! Even the paperback edition of the Gotham Central book will cost you some coin above cover.  Ouch.

The modern trade craziness continues with Spawn.  Just last summer, Todd McFarlane released the, Spawn Origins Collection: Deluxe Edition Volume 1, in a  nice slipcover package for around $125 Can, and an autographed limited edition for around $190  Can.  Well, that was then and this is now, and now that same HC book will cost you over $400 to buy on Amazon.ca-ca, while the autographed book is going to set you back over $700 Can! Again, ouch.

Just to give you the heads up: the second volume of the collection came out in December and is still available at retail or better, so if you want it you better not procrastinate too long, eh?

Sony sends me a new pouty Peter Parker

I just received a promotional email from sony Pictures which contained what they are calling the first  official image from the upcoming spider-Man movie, starring Andrew Garfield as spider-Man. (they included a message imploring all Spiderman fans who received it to ‘like’ them on their Facebook page, but, ehhh, that’s not really my style when it comes to only having a slight interest in something)

I already knew that Tobey Maguire was not going to be in the next movie but until now I had no conception of how the newcomer would look in the role.  Well, after looking at just this one image, I have to say that I don’t think the movie looks horrible. lol Actually, I think it is a good sign that they have chosen to go with someone who has the more scrawny or wiry look of a Peter Parker compared to Maguire who always seemed to me to be ajust a bit too buff in the part. Don’t get me wrong – I thought Maguire was great in the role, just that his build might have been one of the things that never quite fit the mold of the source material for me. All you have to do is look at Garfield’s arms to see that he is probably a closer fit to the younger Spidey/Peter Parker of the comics.

Here is the image that I was talking about so you can decide for yourself: (he even has the pouty Peter Parker look down pat!)