Word reached comics fans and retailers on Sunday that Diamond Comics Distributors would be shipping this week surprisingly fewer issues of "Civil War" #6 to west coast stores than were originally ordered, some by as much as 90% less. CBR News contacted Diamond as well as Marvel Comics, and has learned that poor weather conditions shut down crucial highways and thusly prevented numerous books from multiple publishers from reaching the Diamond warehouses that service west coast retailers (as well as stores in Australia and other territories).
Diamond Comics indicated to CBR News that a small quantity of "Civil War" #6 was received in time to be distributed this week, but that the remaining issues will be shipped next week. Marvel Comics Vice President of Sales-Publishing, David Gabriel told CBR News, "Diamond has been doing everything possible to make that those retailers affected will receive a portion of the books they ordered."
When news of the delay broke, west coast retailer Brian Hibbs of Comix Experience posted on the Millarworld forum a plea to fans to "...just be a little patient, and not run all over town to try and grab a copy. Most comics shops have extremely tight cash flow, and have you down for 'your' copy of 'Civil War.' If you buy it somewhere else, your store still has to pay for that copy!"
On behalf of affected fans, Hibbs implored readers in other regions to not post reviews or spoilers of "Civil War" #6 until everyone else had received their copies.
"The situation stinks," remarked Marvel's David Gabriel, adding, "I'm looking into doing something to help out those retailers who were affected... If it had been any other title involved, it wouldn't be such a terrible problem. We are taking steps to make sure something similar does not affect the launch of 'Dark Tower: Gunslinger Born.'"
Diamond provided CBR News with this complete list of affected titles and products.
OCT068121......FREE ANT RETAILER ED VAR CVR #9
#15 MAY051534......HELLSHOCK DEFINITIVE ED VOL 1 HC
MAY051535......HELLSHOCK DEFINITIVE ED VOL 1 HC REMARKED (C: 0-1-0)
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NOV061873......MELTDOWN #2 (OF 2)
SEP061829......STRANGE GIRL #13
AUG062033 .....CIVIL WAR #6 (OF 7) (NOTE: a small quantity of this
title was received in time to be distributed this week, but the bulk
of orders will not fill until next week.)
HYPERVELOCITY #1 (OF 6) NOV062289......IRREDEEMABLE ANT-MAN #4
NOV062303......MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN #23
PROPHET TALES OF ALVIN MAKER #5 (OF 12)
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NOV063418......DOC FRANKENSTEIN SKROCE CVR A #5 (O/A)
NOV063414......DOC FRANKENSTEIN VAR CVR #2 (O/A)
DENIS KITCHEN PUBLISHING CO.
JUL063080......DRAWING COMICS IS EASY (EXCEPT WHEN ITS HARD) HC
OCT063315......RED SONJA #18
OCT063316......RED SONJA HA B&W CVR INCV #18 OCT063317......RED SONJA
LOPRESTI NEGATIVE CVR INCV #18
NOV063420......DEMI & VAMPIROONI NUDE CVR #1 (A) (C: 1-0-0)
ACE AUTHENTIC, INC.
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OCT068136......TRI STAR HIDDEN TREASURES MLB 52 TOPPS PACK T/C BOX
OCT064696......WWE RAW DEAL CCG REVOLUTION STARTER DIS (C: 0-1-2)