During DC’s big Blackest Night crossover; Marvel initiated a “Comics for Comics” program where retailers could send in 50 covers from DC’s Blackest Night comics in exchange for a limited Siege Deadpool variant cover. The result was that many stores simply ordered more issues of Blackest Night to get the cover (or to replace stock they used to get it), and obviously Marvel didn’t learn their lesson as they are doing the same thing this summer.
If retailers send in 50 covers from a selection of Flashpoint issues, they’ll receive a very limited Fear Itself #6 McGuinness Variant. Once again, stores will just order more copies of Flashpoint to get it, which helps DC.
â€œIn these tough economic times, feel itâ€™s our duty to help,â€ explained David Gabriel, Marvel Senior Vice President of Publishing, Sales and Circulation. â€œAfter the overwhelmingly positive response to our Comics For Comics programs, through which we received tens of thousands of covers, weâ€™re excited to provide retailers with the chance to help their stores through selling an ultra-rate variant.â€
It’s their duty to help? Help who? Their primary competitor. That’s all this dumb promotion does. Talk about making your company look stupid.