Is Marvel Comics failing even harder than we thought? Turns out they recently unloaded a quarter of a million comics and graphic novels on discount chain Ollie’s Bargain Outlet. Here’s Kneon and Geeky Sparkles with their thoughts via Clownfish TV.
Our friends at Bounding Into Comics has the inside scoop:
Among the titles featured are The Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude, Civil War II, and Original Sin.
This is not the first time that Ollie’s has received a massive stock of merchandise from a major publisher or Marvel specifically. In January 2018, Ollie’s received 19 truckloads of merchandise from DC Comics, offering their titles for up to 85% off. Later in May 2018, they would receive a combined 115,000 Marvel and DC trade paperbacks worth $2.5 million in publisher liquidation sales.
There is a noted difference between past Marvel acquisitions, where Ollie’s purchased the stock through liquidation sales, and this most recent instance, where Marvel directly sought Ollie’s help in offloading unsold product. This difference has led to speculation that Marvel may be attempting to offload product en masse in an effort to artificially inflate sales numbers.
Kneon took a trip to Ollie’s the next day to peruse the Mighty Marvel blowout! All the Captain Marvel, Secret Empire, Civil War II and Superior Spider-Man your chubby little manbaby fingers can carry at rock bottom prices!