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Mikel Midnight

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Subj: Re: Marvel's answer to Wednesday Comics
Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 02:05:33 pm EDT (Viewed 93 times)
Reply Subj: Re: Marvel's answer to Wednesday Comics
Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 at 12:53:56 pm EDT (Viewed 95 times)

    Not a bad list, but you're only appealing to one kind of reader, here. And I think the format is too limited for the X-Men and Avengers teams. I say drop them out and replace them with a different genre ... sci-fi, fantasy, war, western, romance ...

Well if you look at my list (Spider-Man,Wolverine,Captain America,Thor,Iron Man,Hulk,X-Men,New Avengers) you'll see that those are the characters with either recent or soon to be released movies and are the most prominent characters at Marvel. I would use this title as a marketing/promotion tool, to reach out to people who are somewhat familiar with these characters, but aren't regular buyers of Marvel comics. Hardcore DC fans who don't buy Marvel comics would be one of the targeted groups. Fans of Marvel movies but not the comics would be a group. Marvel readers who left during the 90s would be a group.

And of course, if there is a character Marvel wants to promote, put them in. My lists wasn't meant to be definitive.

Not sure what the problem would be with the team stories. With the X-Men just use a couple of prominent members (Cyclops, Rogue, Storm, Gambit, Iceman, Colossus, Nigthcrawler) and tell a story. Same for the New Avengers.

While the idea of diversifying the title with different genres may seem like a good one, I don't think it would be. The biggest problem is that Marvel itself doesn't have those different genres. There are no real romance, fantasy, war, western, etc titles on the stands right now. So get a fan interested in a war story, if you can't sell them a war ongoing title? Even Nova and GotG aren't really sci-fi. If a romance fan picks up the title, and finds that they only get one 8 page romance story for $5, they are going to be upset.

I think just having one genre, the action adventure one, which is really the only genre Marvel does, would be the best option. It would be great if Marvel did offer those other genres, but they don't.

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