With comics based movie and TV shows everywhere, it’s been long noted that this visibility doesn’t always lead to a rise in sales of the underlying comics. But it does when the media tie in has a very direct link to the source material.
And such is the case with The Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, George Perez and Ron Lim which was the #36 book overall on Amazon and the #1 graphic novel when I checked yesterday. It’s dropped a bit on the overall list (down to #46) but still the #1 comic. I’ll be curious to see the Bookscan and comics shop numbers on this, as well.
On a second viewing of Avengers: Infinity War I noticed that there was a special credit for Starlin, who created Thanos, Gamora and Drax as well as the Infinity Stones and Gauntlet concept. That this comic is the direct inspiration for the film’s plot line has been well publicized and people are definitely checking out the comic as they recver from the soul shattering ending of the movie, hoping to find some ray of hope in its pages, no doubt.
I dug around a little, and more recent offerings in the “Infinity” series by Starlin don’t seem to have gotten much of a boost.
I am seeing a lot of this toy Infinity Gauntlet though. Because nothing says playtime like an apparatus for killing half the people in the universe.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.