In a day and age when so many comics are seeing a price increase, DC surprised many with the announcement that they are lowering the cover price on many of their ongoing series. Ongoing monthly books that are currently $3.99 will now be $2.99.
“Today’s announcement re-affirms DC Comics’ commitment to both our core fans and to comic book store retailers,” said Jim Lee, DC Comics Co-Publisher. “For the long term health of the industry, we are willing to take a financial risk so that readers who love our medium do not abandon the art form.”
One wonders if this is a reaction to the August sales figures that had the industry selling fewer single issues than ever before. This move by DC now has 80% of their titles priced below $3.00.
Take the jump to see a complete list of the titles affected.
As of January, the following titles standard length ongoing titles, previously priced at $3.99 for 32 pages/22 story pages, will be priced at $2.99 with 32 pages/20 story pages:
- American Vampire;
- Batman: The Dark Knight;
- Batman Incorporated;
- Green Lantern: Emerald Warriors;
- JSA All-Stars.
As of January, the following licensed titles, previously priced at $3.99, will be priced at $2.99:
- Gears of War;
- God of War;
- Kane & Lynch;
- Ratchet & Clank.
As of January, the following ongoing titles previously priced at $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages including co-features, will no longer include co-features and will be priced at $2.99 for 32 pages/ 20 story pages:
- Action Comics;
- Adventure Comics;
- Batman: Streets of Gotham;
- Detective Comics;
- Doc Savage;
- Justice League of America;
- Legion of Super-Heroes;
- The Spirit.
In January, five books are $3.99 for 40 pages/30 story pages:
- Batman: Europa # 1
- First Wave # 6
- DCU: Legacies # 9
- Weird Worlds # 1
- World of Warcraft: Curse of the Worgen
The following oversized anniversary issue will be $4.99 for 48 pages/38 story pages:
Hellblazer # 275
Sounds like good news to me! Does this price drop mean that you’ll be buying more comics in the future?