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Western comic book industry in the late 1980s-mid 1990s vs the current slump going on since 2012 or 2013
Posted: 30 June 2019 05:32 PM  
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Its well known that the Bronze age of western comic books came to a close, things were changing big time. Not only were many comics outwardly being more mature in their overall themes, but new publishing companies were sprouting up, such as Dark Horse. In addition, the Manga market was starting to become popular among western readers outside of its old niche, and sales sagged from time to time. Eventually, things led to a major crash in comic book (and to a lesser extent, merchandise) sales, though comic book-themed TV shows and video games tended to sell at least moderately well. It was during this time when not only did DC barely scrape along for a while in terms of comic book and related merchandise sales(despite the Tim Burton Batman films being major successes both critically and financially), but Marvel was going through so much debt and employee layoffs that they outright DECLARED BANKRUPTCY IN 1996 ! Yeah, Marvel literally went broke and almost went out of business in the mid-1990s. This lead to some major restructuring within Marvel Entertainment, as well as selling the film and tv rights to a number of their characters, such as the Fantastic Four.


Then there’s the slump thats going on now. No doubt the MCU is still making money, as well as several installments of the DCEU, but its almost the opposite for comic book and graphic novel sales, especially for physical units. Not only are comic sales also in decline for many series for both DC and Marvel, but Dark Horse and IDW are bleeding licenses. You can thank not only bad business decisions, but also being too quick to hire people who are terrible to mediocre in their skills as inkers, artists, and/or writers. Link below tells of part of what’s happening in this new slump.
https://cosmicbook.news/rob-liefeld-dc-comics-driving-off-cliff

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Posted: 12 July 2019 09:00 PM   [ # 1 ]  
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Hey,
Anybody else want to weigh in? question

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Posted: 23 July 2019 03:21 AM   [ # 2 ]  
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Na’ah.
You pretty much hit a homer there.
Nuff said.

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