Comics Buyers’ Guide Closing

magscbg1690AP is reporting that Comics Buyers’ Guide, a publication that has been a mainstay of the collectors’ market for over four decades, will terminate publication with issue #1,699.

This is a sad milestone, as the industry continues to see the consequences of the onrushing digital age. The sort of coverage that CBG provided on a monthly basis is now provided on a much more timely basis by various fan-sites, blogs, and digital publications online.

The complete AP story has been reprinted below.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Krause Publications says it is folding the long-published Comics Buyer’s Guide with the March issue, blaming a decline in advertising and free content online for the demise of the magazine titles that began reporting on the comic book industry in 1971.

In a statement Wednesday, Krause blamed “poor market conditions” for the move. Issue No. 1,699 will be the last one published.

The magazine was started by Alan Light as The Buyer’s Guide for Comic Fandom, publishing monthly at first, then twice a month, then weekly. Krause acquired the magazine in 1983 and changed the name to Comics Buyer’s Guide shortly thereafter, with Don and Maggie Thompson as editors.

Krause, based in Wisconsin, is part of Cincinnati-based F+W Media Inc. The magazine’s website will remain active as an archive resource.

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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