June 21st, 2005

hoard potato, tv, movies

The Last Boy On Earth!

Kamandi (c) 2005 DC Comics

So... DC is releasing the first ten issues of KAMANDI... as a $50 hardcover.

I'm sorry -- I'm a hard-core Kirby fanatic who loved Kamandi, but I'm not shellin' out $5 an issue for a fancy hardcover that I'd be afraid to hand my grandkids.

These guys are so screwing up their product. They shouldn't be targeting these old reprints at the teeny tine nostalgia market of adult comic fans. They need to be flooding the magazine racks with cheap newsprint reprints of this stuff -- in nice, thick, Shonen Jump-style packaging, perhaps -- and using it to pull in new readers. .

Especially stuff like Kamandi: Last Boy On Earth. It's the perfect gateway comic.

It's self-contained, it's colorful, it's got the kind of way-out concepts that ten-year-olds love. Mutants! Disasters! Tracking Site! Morticoccus, the ultimate germ! UFOs! Animals that walk like men!

And don't tell me that 'kids today are more sohpisticated'. I have grandkids. I see what they watch: Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh... and the old HB Fantastic Four cartoon that I grew up with in the '60s.

Phil and Kaja Foglio have it right -- in this market, your periodicals, the monthly and quarterly comics on the rack -- that's your advertising.

In the '70s, DC and Marvel knew what to do with their vaults of old comic stories -- they expanded their books and crammed reprints in the back. They did whole Annuals and Giant-Sized issues and big tabloid-sized books that were nothing but reprints. It was "added value" with little or no overhead -- all it cost was the extra pulp.

As a result, they raised a generation of hard-core fans who loved the sense of history that the old "Golden Age" and "Silver Age" classics gave them.
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