Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Price of Stupidity

The latest issue of Amazing Spider-Man comes with a backup story that has Spidey preventing the Chameleon from ruining presidential elect Barack Obama's inauguration. For the 10 people that don't know it, our soon-to-be president is a Spidey fan.

This was taken from an interview with Marvel:

"It was a natural after we learned the new president is a Spider-Man fan," Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada told USA Today, following reports that Obama is a fan of the wall-crawler. "We thought, 'Fantastic! We have a comic-book geek in the White House.'”


Allow me to add it what Joe Q didn't say in front of the press.

"Obama is a Spidey fan? Perfect! That's just the reason we need to put out our billionth variant cover for Amazing Spider-Man since BND began! And since this guy is gonna be our next president we can jack up the price even higher than usual! I'm a freaking genius!"

OK, so Joe Q didn't say that but one would have to be pretty naive to think Marvel didn't have those thoughts in mind.

I've heard that at some shops, this variant is going for over $80. I thought that was steep, but then I went over to eBay. I'm telling you, it's insane what the opening bids are. I guess some people, even in this screwed up economy have that kinda dough. Either that, or some people just have unfathomable levels of idiocy.


Tommy said...

Yeah, those prices are scary. I searched it out the other day, and I didn't want to blow a chunk of money on it, even though I'd like that variant.

What I did do though, is get some Spider-Man comics I missed in bundles, and a few odd comics here cause it was just 33 cents extra to ship 'em.

I have such a huge gap from 2003 - present, and for about $30 when shipping is added, I got...

~FNSM #1 - 11

~Sensational Spidey #29 - 37, 41 (I have 38 - 40, so that worked perfect)

-Questprobe #2
-Venom vs Rune #1
-Spider-Man #1/2 (Been meaning to get this for so long and it was C-H-E-A-P!!)

Reggie White Jr. said...

It may take some time before I'm able to afford stacks of comics again but in time, I'll catch up.

spideyfan said...

$80 for an issue?
What the heck?
Download the issue instead of buying it to save money, except if no one bought it you can't download it, what a pain.

Reggie White Jr. said...

Oh it's alright. The way Marvel keeps pumping out variants for ASM it just may come back to bit them. I really have no interest in buying this particular issues of ASM, despite having much respect for Obama.