Price of Comic Books – Poll Results

Poll Results

In the latest Superman Homepage Member Poll we asked you the following question:

Are comic books too expensive?

While 39% of people think comic books are a little too expensive, 38% think they’re very expensive… So the consensus is that, whether by a little or a lot, comic books are priced well above what a lot of people are willing to pay for them. It’s an interesting topic, because a lot of work goes in to creating comic books. A lot of hours, especially for the artists. So, what is a good price?

Here’s the complete voting breakdown:

Are comic books too expensive?
  • Yes, a little bit too expensive 39%, 71 vote
    71 vote 39%
    71 vote - 39% of all votes
  • Yes, very expensive 38%, 68 votes
    68 votes 38%
    68 votes - 38% of all votes
  • No, the prices are just right 11%, 20 votes
    20 votes 11%
    20 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Unsure/Undecided 6%, 11 votes
    11 votes 6%
    11 votes - 6% of all votes
  • I don't read comic books, so I don't care 5%, 9 votes
    9 votes 5%
    9 votes - 5% of all votes
  • No, if anything they're too cheap 1%, 2 votes
    2 votes 1%
    2 votes - 1% of all votes
Total Votes: 181
September 29, 2021 - October 6, 2021
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MattComics
MattComics(@mattcomics)
October 7, 2021 9:26 am

Why should anyone pay for an overpiced pamphlet where their favorite characters are constantly getting deformed and decimated by short-sighted editorial decisions and flitting from one crossover to the next and the art isn’t that good? Especially when they are so often written with the trade in mind anyway so it makes more sense to buy the trade. A whole storyline or at least one huge part in a single volume that you can put on your shelf like a regular book without having to bag and board. ..and NO ADS! If they’re going to keep the monthlies rolling then… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by MattComics
afriend
afriend(@afriend)
October 7, 2021 10:10 am

To repeat what I said about Superman 78#2: The cover price of Amazing Fantasy#15 in 1962 was 12 cents. Even allowing for almost 60 years of inflation, that comes out to $1.09 in 2021. And of the 32 pages, not counting front and back covers, 12 (aka 37.5%, aka more than one-third) were ads. Admittedly they were all ads for other DC projects (as in no revenue from Olympic Sales Club), but that’s a similar ad-to-story ratio everything else I’ve picked up lately. The cover price is $3.99, almost four times what we’d expect if pricing had held steady. If… Read more »

NeoRanger
NeoRanger(@neoranger)
October 7, 2021 6:13 pm

A good price is one that the consumer is willing to pay. I often cite the nonsense in Superman books as the reason for me dropping comic books in general, but this isn’t the entire truth, it’s just that I’m less motivated to even consider paying the price of admission. The current price point is borderline something I cannot afford on a regular basis and for more than a handful of titles. Especially with the lack of comic book stores in my area, I’m required to log into Amazon or Comixology or whatever and pay four bucks for a single… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by NeoRanger