The past few years have seen both Marvel and DC paying far more attention to female audiences, and making an explicit and concerted effort to appeal to different demographics with titles such as Batgirl, Ms. Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
In a new interview with Marvel's senior vice president of print, sales and marketing, David Gabriel, the executive talked about the company's shift towards women readers, as well as the importance of original graphic novels and Deadpool, as contributing factors towards Marvel's success.
The death of Deadpool has been a long time coming. He's a popular character, and nothing says "popular" like a specially renumbered epic death event. Also, Marvel's sales head David Gabriel already told ComicBook.com months ago that Marvel was planning to kill off the character (or "a character with the word Dead in his name", but we didn't think it was going to be Dead Girl again), so the writing was on the wall for ol' Wade Wilson.
Now Marvel has confirmed to Nerdist that Deadpool will meet his end in Deadpool #250 (actually Deadpool #45) in April, in an issue that places the mercenary with a mouthcenary in a final confrontation with the jaunty beret-wearing goons of Ultimatum. The issue will be the last in the current series.
Beginning in January 2012, Marvel Comics will include free digital download codes, like those seen in this week's Avenging Spider-Man, in every comic book in their Ultimate line, allowing readers to purchase a print and digital copy of the issue simultaneously...
While the Marvel Digital: What's Next?! Comics...and Beyond! panel was largely concerned with familiarizing the audience with Marvel's wide-ranging digital presence, David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Publishing for Marvel, quietly slipped a bombshell into the panel: Marvel's major titles will go same-day digital over the coming year, beginning with Amazing Spider-Man #666 and the Spider-Island titles next week...
In an effort to answer fandom's call for more accessible content, Marvel Comics is launching a new initiative designed to pull new readers into established comic book runs via self-contained, 22-page stories priced at $2...
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