Last Friday’s “Tilting at Windmills” column by Brian Hibbs sums up the comics zeitgeist circa last Friday pretty well. A few bullet points:
• Just how bad the fubar over the SPIDER-OBAMA variant covers was — dozens of retailers didn’t realize that they needed to EXCEED, NOT MATCH, their SPIDER-MAN order benchmark and so, because of orders being too low, got NONE of the variant cover. Neither Diamond nor Marvel tried to correct the bad math.
• What if a Batman died and no one knew? FINAL CRISIS #6 may be a critical hit, but DC got very little mainstream publicity out of it as they had already used that card for the finale of BATMAN RIP.
• Perhaps most startlingly, Hibbs posted the NON-VARIANT cover of SPIDER-MAN #583, which we’ve put up for your perusal above, and while it isn’t exactly the end of civilization as we know it, it is just the kind of cheesy, shlocky thing you might expect to find on the cover of a comic book, especially since Peter Parker is wearing the same kind of nondescript turtleneck and blazer that he was wearing when the artist’s son was drawing the book back in 1984. Rather than a “civilian” picking this comic up and being shocked at the new CAFKA (Comics aren’t for kids anymore) paradigm, instead they’ll find it just the way comics looked when they were kids, and reassurance is THEIR reward.