'Thunderbolts' to remain at $2.25 cover price

Fri, March 7th, 2003 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

[Thunderbolts #80]Due to the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response by readers and retailers to

the bold, new direction of the THUNDERBOLTS that began with February's issue

#76, Marvel is pleased to announce that a planned price increase to $2.99

that was slated to take effect with April's THUNDERBOLTS #78 has been

cancelled, and that the ongoing monthly series will retain its low $2.25

cover price.

Under the creative direction of writer John Arcudi and up-and-coming

superstar penciler Francisco Ruiz Velasco, THUNDERBOLTS #76 completely

reinvented the title, introducing readers to the seamy underbelly of the

supervillain community, where C-list badguys without the ambition, brains or

power to be real Marvel Universe menaces bash each other's skulls in for a

few measly bucks in an underground "Fight Club"-style network!

"Anytime you reinvent a title you're always taking chances," said

Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada. "What minimizes your risk is always great

content and great casting. This is a case where casting the right artist

with the perfect writer and combining it with a bold new concept wrapped

within a great story is really paying off. Reports of the new T-Bolts

selling out and our own strong belief in this series and its future made it

an easy decision to keep the cover at $2.25, and we hope fans take this

opportunity to give one of the year's most unique and visionary new series a


THUNDERBOLTS #77 goes on sale 3/19. Fans retailers still have until 3/27 to

place orders for THUNDERBOLTS #78, on sale 4/16. THUNDERBOLTS #77-79

continues the first story arc establishing the title's new direction, and

readers can look forward to an upcoming two-part story arc guest-starring

Spider-Man, beginning with June's THUNDERBOLTS #80.

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