After DC announced in October that the bulk of their ongoing titles would drop down to $2.99 and 20 story pages, the natural question was — will Marvel follow suit? As of today, Bleeding Cool is saying yes.
The site’s saying that Marvel will be “dipping a toe in the water” of 20 pages of story books in May, though not necessarily at the expense of current 22 page titles.
Right now, most of the publisher’s conventional 32-page with ads $3.99 comics are miniseries, licensed books and Ultimate titles, plus a handful of Marvel Universe offerings like Invincible Iron Man, Secret Avengers and Uncanny X-Men. Other $3.99 Marvel titles come in at 40 pages — like Captain America and Amazing Spider-Man. Some titles, like Thunderbolts and Heroes for Hire, remain at 32-pages for $2.99.
The plan, according to the report, is for 20-page comics to release 13 issues a year so freelancers won’t be losing out on their rates — though 13 issues of 20 pages a story year is 260, four less than 12 issues of 22 pages (264. Math!).
We’ll keep monitoring this one.