Tragedy strikes as Marvel comics are lost and ruined
Marvel Comics announced in March that he was planning to end his agreement with Diamond Comic Distributors and that starting this week, all of their most popular titles would be distributed through Penguin Random House Publisher Services. And to say that the expedition went badly would be an understatement.
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Cool bleeding Originally announced that one of Penguin’s largest cargoes had gone missing. The comics destined for Discount Comic Book Service did not arrive today on time. Discounted Comic Book Service (DCBS) is a leading online comic book wholesaler. Today they had to break the news to their customers saying:
We’re writing to let you know that the Marvel item shipment from Penguin Random House got lost on its way to us. He’s currently researching, but since we haven’t received any of our Marvel items for this week yet, we can’t start processing shipments. We sincerely apologize for the delay this causes and appreciate your patience.
Their expedition would have included this week’s new titles like Eternals: Celestia # 1, Dark Ages # 2, The Amazing Spider-Man # 75, Defenders # 3, Deadpool: Black, White & Red # 3, and New mutants # 22.
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But that’s far from the only bad news to come from the Marvel Comics shipping updates this week. Complaints of poor packaging are increasing at comic book retailers. Power Pack Nation shared a truly heartbreaking picture of the damaged issues they received, saying:
Books literally folded and folded on themselves and over other books in the box!
Books literally folded and folded on themselves and over other books in the box! pic.twitter.com/n13JiCmfWZ
– Power Pack Nation (Ziggy) (@PowerPackNation) October 5, 2021
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Honestly, it hurts to watch this cover of ice man. Power Pack also reports that they are missing an entire box from their shipment, saying:
Diamond has had his shipping issues, but never anything like that. We got 1 box full of kindling, 1 box we would never find acceptable from Diamond or Lunar, but in this case we reluctantly consider “good enough” just to have a product, and according to the website, there’s a 3rd box of some pretty big books (like Immortal Hulk # 50 and all Star Wars plus stuff) that they haven’t even bothered to ship yet. Just a disaster
And while retailers expected there to be issues working with a new distributor, this disaster was not what they had in mind. A retailer, Mike Beyer, said nearly 70% of his order was unrecoverable. And shared an image of a box he received that had burst on the side:
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Retailer Gary Slaughter said Cool bleeding, “As a retailer, this is the worst thing that has ever happened. I’m with Penguin House as I run this and we’re told… “dings and turns are salable, you can’t submit this as damaged”, and tell the customers over there! “
It’s as if Penguin had never heard of the Cartoon Rating Scale which uses a ten point rating scale to assign values to comics. Once a comic is damaged to the extent shown in the photos above, it is basically worthless to collectors.
So to all those Marvel fans who can’t get their hands on this week’s one The Amazing Spider-Man, they’ll have to check out the Marvel Comics digital store or wait for it to appear on Marvel Unlimited.
Let us know if you have noticed any shipping damage to your local stores.