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Old October 24 2011, 10:20 PM   #1693
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Re: DC's New 52: Reviews and Discussion (Spoilers welcolme and likely)

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Why did they have those new #1s with Cap and Thor?
The exact same reason why Uncanny X-Men, Hulk, Moon Knight, Daredevil and Punisher all got #1s too. It's to boost sales. It certainly has nothing to do with the movies since these above books don't have movies out.

If it was pure quality that was getting people to buy, then how come highly regarded runs such as Paul Cornell's Action Comics or Bryan Miller's Batgirl were not nearly doing as well anything Marvel was publishing.
Simple: marketing. Marvel is better at pushing their product than DC. DC simply isn't very good at advertising barring their handling of the reboot and Blackest Night. They are just not very fan savy. Remember their idea of a prize for fans was a stupid doughnut.

Likewise mainstream notability simply does not translate into notability in the comics fandom. When a mainstream fan wants to get more of Batman, they aren't going to read the comic, they are going to watch the Nolan movies, watch the Batman cartoons and play the Arkham Asylum video game. Paying for the comic is at the very bottom of the list right next to watching the Adam West TV show.
Again, what you don't seem to understand is that I am not saying that the movies are the only things giving Marvel the edge. But you can't deny that the movies have brought Marvel's characters to the forefront of public awareness much more than any of DC's over the past decade.
Well, I've gotten into the comics because of the movies, so it has gotten them at least one new reader. But for me, it was more of just generally getting me interested in comics in general not specific characters. My thinking was that I really liked these characters, and I was curious to see what the source material for them was like. Then once I liked the couple of X-Men and Spider-Man comics, I started moving into other things like Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, and now that Marvel is on Comixology I plan on checking out FF, Hulk, Avengers, and a few other Marvel characters.
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