Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Breaking News! | Marvel Not Releasing Any New Titles This Week Print or Digitally

As the well-hewn weekly release date of new comics, Wednesday, comes near, Marvel Comics has now confirmed to Direct Market comic book retailers - and to readers, through us - that it will not be releasing any new comic books digitally on April 1. This follows Diamond Comic Distributors announcing a week prior that it would not be distributing any new print titles April 1 and beyond - which would include Marvel's print titles.

In the statement today from Marvel Entertainment president Dan Buckley, the publisher has decided to withhold releasing new titles digitally this week but makes a point to mention this is "a fluid situation with details changing every day." Diamond hasn't announced when they'll resume release of print titles, and this decision today leaves Marvel open to reconsider digital-first release - or other print distribution options - down the road.

Over the weekend, a DC spokesperson said the publisher intended to continue digital release of new titles this week. On Monday however, changes in the listings for those digital comics changed on the leading digital distributor, comiXology's, website signaled that the planned April 1 titles had been pushed back to April 29.

Here is Buckley's full statement:

To all our partners in the retailer community,

Thank you for all your notes, discussions, and the absolute resolve we have heard and seen from you over the past weeks. This situation has been challenging for everyone, and the safety and well-being of you, your families, and your communities continue to be at the front of our minds.

As you know, unfortunately there will not be any new print titles available at your shops this week. Marvel will also not be releasing any new comic book titles digitally on April 1. This is a fluid situation with details changing every day, so we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all navigate our way through this. As soon as more information is available, we will outline our longer-term plans and opportunities to support you and the industry.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please continue to reach out and share your feedback. Revised release dates for our April 1 titles will be shared in the coming weeks.

Please stay safe and well.

Dan Buckley
President, Marvel Entertainment