Today Diamond Comics Distributors has released a text version of their April 2005 Previews (Vol. XV #6) Order Form for titles shipping to the Direct Market in June, and as some eagle-eyed readers have already noticed that June apparently marks a raise in price for Marvel Comics’ lowest priced books from $2.25 to $2.50.
According to the Diamond order form, the titles that retailed for $2.25 as of May 2005 and are seemingly affected include:
Ultimate Spider-Man #78
Ultimate Fantastic Four #20
Ultimate X-Men #60
Amazing Spider-Man #521
New Avengers #8
X-Men #171 & 172
Uncanny X-Men #460 & 461
Marvel Team-Up #9
Additionally, the Marvel Adventures books (including Marvel Adventures Spider-Man) that had previously retailed for $2.25 also had their price raised to $2.50 effective titles shipping in May 2005.
Marvel's last significant price increase came in April 2003, when the publisher raised the price of 13 titles (including Iron Man, Exiles and Thor) from $2.25 to $2.99, which at the time corresponded to titles selling at #30 or below in Diamond's Top 300 sales chart. That's not the case in this instance, as, aside from Marvel Team-Up, all of the books seeing a price increase are Marvel's best sellers, consistently ranking in the Top 10 monthly.
Marvel has not yet officially announced any price change.
The move effectively ends all $2.25 pricing at Marvel. DC still has five superhero titles priced at $2.25 (Nightwing, Robin, Batman, Flash and Wonder Woman), and their "Johnny DC" line (made of Cartoon Network and animated series tie-ins) is still priced at $2.25.
Newsarama is following this story and will bring you more information and confirmation and comments from Marvel when available.