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Subj: Re: Marvel could now be "Brand Echh"
Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 08:25:12 pm EDT (Viewed 19 times)
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Posted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 at 07:01:02 pm EDT (Viewed 365 times)

    Can anyone explain to me how they think the readers benefit from this?

There's a slightly greater probability that we will still have comic books in twenty years.

    1) Toned down stories Family theme.

Disney's CEO has already said this will not be the case. It's for that very reason that Marvel will exist as its own entity under Disney.

    2) Prices aren't going to drop.

What made you think that was ever going to happen?

    3) The censors will be out. If Marvel attempts to publish a controversial storyline that might offend it's parent company can crush it because of bad publicity.

What is the basis for this concern? Clearly Disney isn't going to muck with a style that has allowed Marvel's stock to increase by 1400% will the S&P has dropped 23% in the same time, to quote CNN's figures. I think the fact that they are keeping the same management and not interfering in the comic making business is a good sign.

    4) Does Disney really have any interest in Marvel's publishing aspect. Clearly owning the licensing rights to the characters and the ability to stick Spiderman's image on anything is worth more than the publishing part. I realize Warner owns DC and they are still publishing.

They are interested as much as GE is interested in making light bulbs. In other words, it isn't going to make them much money but it keeps the logo out there. Comics create a firm fan base for the characters. This is why WB still has an interest in DC. Besides, if the company is making money, even if it is little by their standards, they're not going to get rid of it. These characters need the books to exist. Given the small cost of the publishing side of the company, I'm guessing Disney would be willing to take a small loss on it, something Marvel couldn't afford to do.

    May not recognize it soon.

I don't see that being the case while the same management is there. If you want some reassurance, go watch No Country for Old Men. If Disney didn't put the stop to senseless, realistic violence, I doubt they are going to nitpick at Marvel.

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