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March 4th, 2011

This morning I received an excited e-mail from Comixology, a distribution platform for digital comic books. It seems that they’re having one of their occasional 99-cent sales, this time for a run of Superman (and related) comics collectively known as the “New Krypton Saga.” What a deal! Only 99 cents an issue!

Did I mention that there are 86 issues? Collect ’em all!

Seriously, here’s the list.

I don’t intend to get into another logorrheic rant about how comics aren’t as good as they used to be, except to point out that one of my favorite four-color epics, 1976’s “Who Took the Super Out of Superman?,” ran a mere four issues. And Alan Moore’s elegaic “Whatever Happened to the Man of Tomorrow?,” arguably the most moving Superman tale ever told, was a two-parter. So, yeah, I think 86 issues devoted to a single story arc is excessive.

I will now name a few things that I can buy for $85.14 or less.

  • The Lego Star Wars AT-AT Walker ($83.99; Toys R Us)
  • The board game Galaxy Trucker and its expansion ($84.44; Thoughthammer)
  • The complete Rocky & Bullwinkle on DVD ($66.99; Amazon) plus the complete George of the Jungle ($9.99; Amazon)
  • One large soda–with refills–each weekday during the months of April, May, June and July ($.99 each; McDonald’s)

In hindsight, I don’t know that I have much of a point here, except to say that a 99-cent discount price doesn’t seem much of an incentive when what you’re buying is 1/86th of a story.

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