I like this strategy for dealing with runs on hot comics, courtesy of Dork Tower by John Kovalic:
Although, since issue #24 came out back in November 2006 (due to all the Civil War-related delays) I wonder if any regular readers even remember what happened in the previous issue!
Excellent point. Although I was enjoying Brubaker’s run on the title until Civil War, I would have failed that test as well, just because of the time delay.
[...] Johanna’s right: John Kovalic’s solution to speculator frenzies is neat. Alas, it would only work once. After that, grifters looking to get a few extra copies of the next “hot” comic to unload upon guileless suckers at inflated prices would simply look up summaries on the Internet. (Above: Sequence from Dork Tower ©2007 Shetland Productions.) [...]
I’ve got to commend my LCS, “Heroes Aren’t Hard to Find” in Charlotte, NC (www.heroesonline.com), for informing its customer base via its weekly e-newsletter that they are getting in a new order of #1 first printings and selling them at cover price next week. I commend Sheldon on his ethical business practices – and his staff are some of the VERY nicest and helpful people you will ever meet.