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Famous Fanmail #141 Scott Kurtz

27 Jun

You may not be surprised to learn that most people in the comic business grew up reading comic books. However, you might be interested in knowing what they were reading. Here’s a look at “Famous Fanmail”!

After the success of Invincible and the Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman decided to launch his subsequent ongoing series, the Astounding Wolf-Man. He gave the first issue away for free in that year’s Free Comic Book Day Event. In the letters pages of the second issue (cover date – July 2007) , we get to see Scott Kurtz‘s reaction! He’s best known for his creator-owned series, Pvp.

the Astounding Wolf-Man letters page with Scott Kurtz

On Ebay: Astounding Wolf-Man | Scott Kurtz
On AtomicAvenue: Astounding Wolf-Man

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #34 June 2013

06 Jun

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,328,929 (+0.51% from last month; +42.48% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 13,567 (+4.76%; +59.69%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.58254% (+4.24%; +12.08%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 114,782 (-52.78%; -35.94%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 4.93% (-53.02%; -55.03%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 22,092
My current eBay feedback (total): 41,027
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics TPBs (1,956 listings)
Second TPBs (↑) Clearance (1,542 listings)
Third Marvel (Bronze) Marvel Comics (1,476 listings)
Fourth Movie/TV (↓) Other Indies (1,222 listings)
Fifth Image Comics Bad Girls (1,084 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,520,873 (+1.01%; -1.39%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 56,735 (+2.06%; +22.17%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.73042% (+1.05%; +23.90%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 7.00% (+18.04%; +33.84%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 91,901 (+0.57%; +8.17%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #33 May 2013

01 May

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,317,218 (+3.25% from last month; +34.90% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 12,950 (+15.51%; +50.56%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.55886% (+11.88%; +11.61%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 243,103 (+114.98%; +156.90%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 10.49% (+108.16%; +90.40%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 21,531
My current eBay feedback (total): 40,153
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics TPBs (2,077 listings)
Second Movie/TV Clearance (1,646 listings)
Third Marvel (Bronze) (↑) Marvel Comics (1,350 listings)
Fourth Bad Girls (↓) Other Indies (1,153 listings)
Fifth Image Comics Bad Girls (1,024 listings)

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,505,707 (+0.65%; +3.24%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 55,588 (+1.10%; +20.37%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.69182% (+0.45%; +16.59%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.93% (+52.05%; -2.47%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 91,383 (+0.44%; +6.88%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #32 April 2013

04 Apr

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,244,316 (-4.37% from last month; +37.30% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 11,211 (-5.23%; +31.96%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.49953% (-0.94%; -3.89%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 113,080 (-46.71%; -36.88%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.04% (-44.33%; -54.03%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 21,124
My current eBay feedback (total): 39,484
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (1,712 listings)
Second Movie/TV Marvel Comics (1,332 listings)
Third Bad Girls (↑) Bad Girls (1,055 listings)
Fourth Marvel (Bronze) (↑) Other Indies (957 listings)
Fifth Image Comics (↓) TPBs (950 listings)

Ebay has put another nail in the coffin of the “auction listing”. Previously, they offered their regular users 50 free auction listings every month. As of April 16th, users can get 50 free listings in either the auction or fixed price format. Since auction ending prices have sharply decline in the past five years, many users will shift their 50 free listings to the fixed price format over the upcoming months.

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,496,016 (-2.23%; -3.01%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 54,984 (+1.58%; +18.40%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.67536% (+3.89%; +22.07%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 3.90% (-51.91%; -25.43%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 90,982 (+0.49%; +7.09%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #31 March 2013

06 Mar

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,346,043 (+8.26% from last month; +51.50% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 11,830 (+3.74%; +29.19%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.50425% (-4.18%; -14.73%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 212,200 (+93.37%; +114.76%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 9.05% (+77.70%; +41.77%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 20,570
My current eBay feedback (total): 38,548
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (1,807 listings)
Second Movie/TV Marvel Comics (1,439 listings)
Third Image Comics Bad Girls (1,127 listings)
Fourth Bad Girls (↑) TPBs (985 listings)
Fifth Clearance (↓) Other Indies (978 listings)

Ebay listings for comics have skyrocketed!

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,530,153 (+2.95%; -0.88%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 54,131 (+0.17%; +17.90%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.53762% (-2.69%; +18.95%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 8.11% (+62.53%; +55.96%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 90,535 (+0.53%); +7.23%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #30 February 2013

06 Feb

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,167,070 (+7.18% from last month; +23.82% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 11,404 (+6.98%; +45.14%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.52624% (-0.19%; +17.22%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 110,311 (+23.98%; -59.53%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.09% (+15.69%; -67.31%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 19,991
My current eBay feedback (total): 37,571
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (1,894 listings)
Second Movie/TV Marvel Comics (1,408 listings)
Third Image Comics Bad Girls (1,148 listings)
Fourth Clearance (↑) TPBs (1,008 listings)
Fifth Wholesale (↑) Image Comics (877 listings)

EBay listings have increased because they offered an invite-only free listing promotion three weeks before Valentine’s Day.

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,486,363 (+1.44%; -0.33%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 54,037 (+1.65%; +17.51%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.63552% (+0.21%; +17.90%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 4.99% (-24.28%; -3.48%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 90,056 (+0.70%); +7.48%)

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #29 January 2013

02 Jan

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,021,869 (-3.16% from last month; +26.59% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 10,660 (+8.73%; +37.09%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.52723% (+12.28%; +9.27%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 88,975 (-18.90%; -41.17%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 4.40% (-16.18%; -53.53%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 19,127
My current eBay feedback (total): 36,215
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (2,044 listings)
Second Movie/TV (↑) Marvel Comics (1,460 listings)
Third Image Comics (↑) TPBs (1,047 listings)
Fourth DC Comics (↓) Bad Girls (1,016 listings)
Fifth TPBs Image Comics (835 listings)

Now that the Christmas shopping season is over, I expect the number of eBay listings to continue to drop.

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,465,315 (+1.97%; -1.67%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 53,159 (+0.49%; +15.09%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.62782% (-1.45%; +17.05%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 6.59% (+10.02%; +13.82%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 89,434 (+0.42%); +7.32%)

 

Guide to Marvel Comics Presents #91

07 Dec

Marvel Comics Presents launched in 1988 as an ad-free anthology showcasing four eight-page features, stuffed inside a wrap-around cover. This guide will tell you everything you wanted to know about the series – and more!


Marvel Comics Presents #91
Cover Date: 1991 | Cover Price: $1.25 | Cover Artist: Sam Kieth


Wolverine in “Blood Hungry” part 7
written by Peter David
art by Sam Kieth

Tiger Tyger faces off against General Coy while Wolverine battles with Cyber.

Beast in “Just Friends” part 7
written by Scott Lobdell
art by Jae Lee

The Beast (and Jennifer Nyles, with him) discovers that Commander Courage has designs to turn notable powerful beings (such as Tony Stark and Victor Von Doom) into Were-Borgs under his control. Nyles is now convinced to aid the Beast in defeating Commander Courage and she reprograms the Super Apes to join them. Meanwhile, elsewhere in Courage’s base, the Constrictor rescues the Red Ghost from a group of Were-Borgs.

Ghost Rider/Cable in “Sevants of the Dead” part 2
written by Howard Mackie
art by Guang Yap

Ghost Rider frees Cable and the two of them pursue the Grateful Undead in order to rescue the young girl who was taken by them. In their pursuit, they dare to cross a rickety bridge that gives way. The Grateful Undead seem to think it will drop our heroes into the very center of the Earth!

Impossible Man in “Truth or Daredevil
written by Dave Manak
art by Dave Manak

Searching for his missing son, the Impossible Man ventures into Hell’s Kitchen, New York and interrupts a meeting between Daredevil and the Kingpin.

The Wolverine story was a visual treat! The Beast feature got a little hoaky to suggest that this lame-o villain Commander Courage might actually have a chance of subjugating Marvel heavies like Iron Man and Doctor Doom. Ghost Rider/Cable is still quite bland and the Impossible Man short was fun in an all-ages kind of way. I wouldn’t consider it part of continuity, though.

On Ebay: Marvel Comics Presents | Wolverine | Nightmare | Beast Cable | Ghost Rider | Impossible Man
On AtomicAvenue: Marvel Comics Presents | Wolverine | Nightmare | Beast | Cable | Ghost Rider | Impossible Man

 

Famous Fanmail #140 Ralph Macchio

06 Dec

You may not be surprised to learn that most people in the comic business grew up reading comic books. However, you might be interested in knowing what they were reading. Here’s a look at “Famous Fanmail”!

Marvel’s Frankenstein Monster was originally set in the 1800s but they were considering bringing the monster into the present. Then-future comic book editor, Ralph Macchio, got a letter printed in Frankenstein Monster #12 (cover date – September 1974), weighing in on the debate. Marvel didn’t listen, though, and they managed to bring the monster into the present a few months later. Oh! And that Spider-Man team-up, he’s dreading? It happened in Marvel Team-Up #36 (cover date – August 1975).

Frankenstein Monster letters page with Ralph Macchio

On Ebay: Frankenstein | Ralph Macchio
On AtomicAvenue: Frankenstein

 

Cyberspace Comics Market Report #28 December 2012

05 Dec

Here’s a look back at the previous month in online comic sales.

Number of listings in eBay’s “comics” section: 2,087,814 (+4.31% from last month; +30.48% from last year)
Number of those that are Cyberspace Comics listings: 9,804 (+2.53%; +21.49%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on eBay: 0.46958% (-1.71%; -6.90%)

Number of eBay comic listings that are auctions: 109,711 (-38.72%; -30.38%)
Percentage of eBay comic listings up for auction: 5.25% (-41.29%; -46.65%)

My current eBay feedback (unique): 18,593
My current eBay feedback (total): 35,374
My postive eBay feedback score: 99.9%

Position Dollar Sales # of Current Listings
First Marvel Comics Clearance (2,142 listings)
Second DC Comics (↑) Marvel Comics (1,271 listings)
Third Movie/TV (↑) TPBs (1,090 listings)
Fourth Image Comics (↑) Bad Girls (879 listings)
Fifth TPBs (↓) Image Comics (779 listings)

eBay sellers have increased their listings dramatically, hoping to capitalize on Christmas shopping.

 
Number of listings on Atomic Avenue: 1,436,988 (-0.67%; -3.30%)
Number of those that are in the Cyberspace Comics Store on Atomic Avenue: 52,899 (+0.92%; +17.38%)
Cyberspace Comics “market share” of comic listings on AtomicAvenue: 3.68124% (+1.61%; +21.38%)
Cyberspace Comics estimated “market share” of AtomicAvenue orders: 5.99% (+26.64%; +5.64%)

 
Number of members on ComicCollectorLive: 89,062 (+0.37%); +7.43%)