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Subj: Comic Price Per Page, Adjusted for Inflation
Posted: Mon Jun 15, 2009 at 12:13:54 am EDT (Viewed 37 times)
I've seen that Marvel is raising prices to $3.99 per comic. Some fans are angry, and some seem unfazed.
I thought it would be interesting to do a cost-comparison, adjusted for inflation.
Let's take an example from Captain America comics. Captain America increased from $0.50 to $0.60 at #265, which was in January 1982. That was a 20% increase. The page count of #265 (not counting ads) was 21. That works out to $0.028 per page in 1982 dollars. Adjusted for inflation up to 2009, that same comic would cost $1.33 today, or $0.063 per page.
Now let's look at the current situation.
Going from $2.99 to $3.99 is a 33% increase.
A typical comic will still have around 22 pages of content. For example, New Avengers The Reunion #1 cost $3.99 for 22 pages, not counting ads. That works out to $0.181 per page in today's dollars.
The current increase of 33% is significantly higher than historical increases, which were usually around 20%.
After the latest increase, today's comics will cost nearly TRIPLE the amount in INFLATION-ADJUSTED dollars, as a comparable comic from 1982.
Again, I stress that the figures are inflation-adjusted using a readily-available online calculator.
You're going to be paying *three times* the amount you should be.
Personally, I don't think that's reasonable.
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