Monday, June 02, 2003

An eBay mystery solved

Hi Neil,
What, if anything, do you know about the copies of 1602 that are available on eBay?
Thank you,

Whew -- you had me puzzled there for a moment: I figured someone must have stolen a printout of the first issue from Joe Quesada's office, and was wondering if Marvel would be calling in the FBI... Anyway, a hasty look at eBay indicates that lots of people are preselling individual copies or boxes of 1602 #1 there. Preselling being the operative word -- it still won't be out until late August. They just want you to buy it from them now.

My own opinions, which probably won't endear me to any retailers, are that I hope no-one plans to invest in the comic, just as I never wanted Sandman to be something that people invested in. I wanted it to be something that got read. 1602's a story, for heaven's sake, not a collectible. Read the first one. If you enjoy it and want to know what happens next, read the next one. (By the same token, it's not "the most important Marvel story ever told" or whatever these people are saying. It's a story, and I hope a good one, and whether or not people like it will depend on them. So far, I like it, except when it threatens to get too big and I have to remind myself that I don't have 75 issues to tell this story in, or even 20, just eight.)

Spending tomorrow in Minneapolis, doing the commentary for the BBC NEVERWHERE DVD.