- Posted by Johanna on June 28, 2006 at 5:29 pm
- Category: Comic News
Tom Brevoort, in a blog post responding to a fan angry about blown deadlines, throws in this wonderfully snarky parenthetical:
It should be noted that late shipping is not a Marvel-exclusive problem. In point of fact, we have fewer late-shipping titles than our largest competitor at the moment. But you readers tend to notice ours more–I’m guessing because you’re more interested in what we’ve got going on.
I decided to check this out. I have a database tracking all DCU title orders and almost all Marvel title orders (we don’t track Punisher or marginal titles like whatever Frank Tieri’s writing). As of today, the last day in which books due in June could be on time, I show the following for Marvel. (Add two months to the code for the due date; an APR06 code means the book was due in June.)
|Daredevil: Father #6 (of 6)||OCT051954||Promised for 2005.|
|Genext #1 (of 5)||APR062064||I’m not sure what this is — another mutant miniseries?|
|The Thing #8||APR062056||Final issue, so not surprising that no one’s rushing it out.|
|Ultimate Fantastic Four #31||APR061999||Written by Mark Millar, who’s had health issues.|
|Ultimate Wolverine v. Hulk #3||FEB061987||Written by a TV writer, and they tend to have higher priorities elsewhere.|
|Ultimates 2 #12||APR062000||Also Millar.|
And here’s the DCU titles.
|All-Star Batman & Robin #6||APR060172|
|Aquaman: Sword of Atlantis #43||APR060205|
|Batman: Journey into Night #11 (of 12)||APR060181|
|Green Lantern #12||MAR060317|
|Green Lantern #13||APR060215|
|JLA Classified #24||APR060223|
|Secret Six #2 (of 6)||APR060230|
|Seven Soldiers #1||FEB060290|
|Teen Titans #37||APR060237|
I don’t know about specifics on many of these, but I have heard an intriguing rumor that DC is so concerned about getting the weekly title 52 out on time that they’re telling creators that that comes first, which might explain the delay on certain of their other DCU titles.
Based on this, Marvel has 7 late titles, DC 10. If you remove the books that just became late (those due this month), the score is Marvel 2, DC 3.
Brevoort is right. Marvel does have fewer late books, and I do believe that this isn’t a one-month exception. However, Marvel’s late books often become celebrated as emblems, as with Daredevil: Father (“if the head of the company can’t get his book out on time, what kind of example does that set?!?”). It’s also the case that Marvel tends to have “hotter” creators, and they’re given more slack by editors, retailers, and fans, because no matter how late they are, they keep selling.
Update: In the July Previews catalog released June 28, Genext #1, All-Star Batman & Robin #6, and Seven Soldiers #1 were cancelled.