Much-hyped ‘Fantastic Four’ comic may be on sale early

According to a Marvel Comics e-mail obtained by Comic Book Resources, retailers will be able to sell Fantastic Four #587 Tuesday, one day earlier than the traditional Wednesday release, due to “expected mass media attention” surrounding the death of one of the classic heroes:

This unexpected opportunity is a result of both the new earlier shipping schedule and worldwide mass media coverage. Marvel cannot guarantee the secured press placement will hit on 1/25 (as other breaking news may bump it), though if it does, retailers who have received the issue may sell their copies. For retailers who don’t receive early shipments, or have customers calling in advance of the shipment arrival, Marvel encourages them to take down customer information and inform them when copies do arrive.

Comic book stores recently reached a consensus that allows them to receive shipments on Tuesdays to prep for Wednesday sales of new titles — a deal that went into effect this month.

The Associated Press has already published a spoiler-filled news article about the latest Marvel hero to bite the dust.

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