Official Press Release
Marvel Comics is pleased to announce that, as of October 1st, 2004, Diamond Comic Distributors will be the exclusive distributor of Marvel books & graphic novels, books to the book trade.
Said Marvel President - Publishing, Gui Karyo, "While we have had a great partnership with CDS, this was an important opportunity for Marvel to consolidate and strengthen our distribution as we continue to sharpen our focus on this growing segment of the business. As our key distributor in the Direct Market, Diamond is a powerful partner for Marvel, and we couldn't be happier to expand our relationship with them."
Diamond is Marvel's exclusive Direct Market distribution partner. Their excellence in this segment of the business spurred discussions that triggered an expansion of each company's long-term, mutually beneficial relationship.
Said Diamond President and CEO Steve Geppi, "We're very proud to represent the powerful Marvel publishing line to comic shops and bookstores alike, and very much look forward to helping to grow the business for everyone."
This agreement covers all properties and publications in the Marvel catalog and goes into effect October 1, 2004, running through October 2007. Diamond replaces CDS, Marvel's current bookstore distributor.