Well, that was quick. Just two weeks after Marvel announced that all of its $2.99 books were to shift to “self-cover” format – ie, the cover is of the same paper stock as the interiors – the publisher released the following update to retailers:
Starting with the 7/4/12 On-sale items, all 32 page Marvel Universe comics, including those that contain a digital code, will be printed with 50# Coated interiors and will be Self-Cover.
I’ll admit it: I’m not that bothered with the self-cover format (Maybe it’s just me, but I feel like I’m used to it from the Dark Horse books I’ve been getting, not to mention growing up with 2000AD in the UK), but I’m curious about what the wider reaction has been out there. Does the “lighter” cover stock mean more shipping damages? Are you as a fan bothered by the change? Do people even really notice it?