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Comic Packs Are Back

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If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember there used to be two ways to get comic books: on the newsstand or in comic packs.  Comic packs were plastic bags with three comic books in them.  Sometimes it would just be a pack of three issues of Star Wars, but usually it was three random comics from a specific publisher and there was little telling how new or old they were before examining them.

If you haven’t heard of such a thing, don’t worry.  It’s been long time since I’ve seen them.  That is until I was walking through Sam’s Club today.

No, that’s not just an issue of Thor in a plastic bag (although that was my initial impression, too).  That’s actually a bag with an issue of Captain America and an issue of Uncanny X-men.  For $5.99, so basically $2/issue.  Before you take out a Sam’s Club discount of 30%, so really about $1.40/issue.  Did I just hear a comic shop owner having a stroke?

And the label on the Thor comic tells us this was especially printed for a “3-Pack.”

Regular new product (Thor #1 is about a month old) or just an experiment?  Time will tell.

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  1. I saw this same packaging offered at my Costco as well on Friday. I’m glad they are trying to get some kind of product out there to the public. But let’s see them do it more often than just the summer blockbuster season.

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