Gladstone Articles From Comics Buyer's Guide
ramapith at verizon.net
Wed Jun 8 02:40:49 CEST 2005
"I would maintain that one of the reasons that Gemstone's (and
Gladstone's before them) circulation is so low is because $6.95 is an
absurd price to charge for a comic book."
I'll certainly agree that it would be an absurd price to charge for a
NORMAL comic book. But on behalf of Gemstone, I feel obliged to comment
that UNCLE SCROOGE and WALT DISNEY'S COMICS AND STORIES aren't normal
US and WDC&S are 64-page comic books, squarebound with thick covers
like trade paperbacks. They have at least 61 actual pages of comics per
issue. For each issue we charge, yes, $6.95.
But let's do a comparison. DC publishes Superman and Batman. Many of
their comic books cost $2.50. For that $2.50 you get a 32-page comic
book, staple-bound, with 22 actual pages of comics per issue (this last
figure determined by checking a few random DC comics I had lying
$6.95 for 61 comics pages = 11 cents per comics page.
$2.50 for 22 comics pages = 11 cents per comics page.
From Gemstone to DC, you're actually getting exactly the same amount
of comics pages for your dollar, with US and WDC&S throwing in square
binding at no extra charge!
I hope you don't mind my having risen to your challenge, but it looks
to me like our product is perfectly competitive!
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