Details Crowns the Powerful Comic Book Geek

The December “Power Issue” of Details magazine lists the Top 40 Most Influential Men Under 47.

Number 13 is the Comic Book Geek (whose age is given as 19), because of his potential to “make or break a potential blockbuster”. Here’s an excerpt, heavy on the cliché:

He lives in his parents’ basement and sometimes wears a cape–but the much-mocked comic-book geek possesses the ass studio execs must kiss to hit superhero-movie gold. Thanks to favorable early buzz, Iron Man and The Dark Knight banked more than $575 million and more than $990 million, respectively, making them the top-grossing films of 2008. It’s no coincidence the producers and casts of these smash hits made the same pit stop on the road to box-office dominance: the Comic-Con International festival in San Diego, where they schmoozed the nerdy throngs, sat on panels, debuted Joker-laden teaser trailers, and forced Robert Downey Jr. to smile and wave like a homecoming queen. There’s a reason that Zack Snyder, director of 300 and next year’s Watchmen, says each of these rabid conventiongoers is “worth 20 normal fans.”

The magazine is due on newsstands December 2.

2 Responses to “Details Crowns the Powerful Comic Book Geek”

  1. Paul O'Brien Says:

    I have my doubts about this sort of reasoning. The sales on comics are simply too low for their audiences to be make-or-break… it seems more likely to me that there is a large audience who are sufficiently interested to see these characters in action movies every couple of years, but don’t care about them enough to buy the comics.

    Or, putting it another way: if there really ARE that many comic book geeks out there, why don’t the comics sell better?

  2. Johanna Says:

    Because the movies are much better than the comics in key ways? More satisfying chunks and more reasonable cost/entertainment time value?

    I agree with you. Even when I’m interested enough to buy the comics after seeing a successful movie, I can’t find any that recapture the film’s feeling.

    But I think they really mean, instead of “comic book geek”, “San Diego convention goer”.




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