- Posted by Johanna on December 17, 2006 at 8:27 pm
- Category: Comic News
Remember the free Spider-Man Sunday paper inserts that started this summer? Well, my local paper, which has been carrying them, today had an interesting blurb… On the front page, in the section with the table of contents and the small plugs for content, was this announcement:
The Amazing Spider-Man comic book will not be in your Richmond Times-Dispatch after today. The distributor unexpectedly restructured the original agreement, and the Times-Dispatch will no longer participate in this program.
I wonder what the distributor wanted? We noticed today that the insert is even thinner than usual, and there’s only one third-party ad, for a Listerine plaque-fighting rinse. Maybe they aren’t making the money they expected? Maybe the demand isn’t there?
Of the other two ad pages, one says “Don’t miss the next adventure of the Amazing Spider-Man… Find out where and when to get the next issue at SmartSource.com, the site where super-moms can save up to $85 with free printable grocery coupons!” To find the information, you have to click “Get Coupons Now!” which I didn’t find very user-friendly. And it hasn’t been updated, since it still lists the Richmond paper.
The second house ad page offers the comics for sale. Any five are $14.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling. The set of the first 15 (this week’s is marked 18) is $29.95 plus $7.95 S&H. That’s awfully expensive for these flimsy free giveaways. Not to mention that the ad says “order a complete set as a holiday gift”, but they’re not offering a complete set of all issues so far, and given delivery times, you aren’t going to get them anywhere near in time.