Here's what Joe Quesada said this week in his JOE'S FRIDAYS column over at Newsarama:
”DBHughes” - Volume 1 of Dan Slott's Thing trade paperback is solicited in the July orders; those orders are not due until May 30 (a full two weeks from now). Why was the Thing announced as cancelled before Marvel even saw what the orders were for the first Thing trade paperback? Sales are allegedly the key factor in whether a title survives; Spider-Girl has in fact survived largely in part due to its trade paperback sales?
JQ: DB, our sales people have some pretty accurate ways of measuring how a title will do in the after market based on its current monthly sales and books of its kind historically. It’s black magic to me, but I’m always freaked out at how accurate they are. Sure, once in a blue moon a title over exceeds our expectations in the trade market, we love those kinds of surprises, so here’s the good news. If Thing does well as a trade, I’ll bet you dollars to donuts that we come back atcha with a new Thing series. It’s that simple.