Panini Comics UK’s Amazing Spider-Man #6, released last week (12th August 2021) offers 48 pages of pulse-pounding arachnid-action, bringing the dramatic “Hunted” storyline to a close.
Priced just £2.99 an issue, the relatively new title has proven popular with UK superhero fans – but many are reporting having a fruitless hunt trying to find a copy of the latest issue, due to WHSmith distribution problems.
Earlier this week, Panini UK informed fans via its Facebook page that there have been some transport issues for leading high street newsagent, but the company’s distribution department were on the case, trying and sort the issue out with WHSmith.
Unfortunately, it appears part of those “transport issues” may be the result of Amazing Spider-Man’s removal from the WHSmith database, prompting some staff to claim the title doesn’t even exist – even though copies of last month’s issue are on their shelves!
“Panini Comics UK WHSmith in Middleton, Manchester tell me the title Amazing Spider-Man isn’t even on their system any more,” commented one very annoyed Anthony Holt. “They still have last month’s issue on the shelves and are shrugging there shoulders at me…. She says it’s like it doesn’t exist.
“I showed her last month’s and she said… ‘We shouldn’t have those…’”
“I’ve been to two WHSmith,” complained an equally frustrated Kenny Gibson. “Just last month’s in.”
“Went into Smiths today,” reports Lee James Gannon. “Still no luck, and when the woman looked it up she said it was it was blocked from being available from our store.”
Because of its low price point, designed to maximise its potential news stand sales, Panini do not offer a subscription for this title, because this would carry a high costs, negating the attraction of a low cover price. But frustration at the lack of availability in WHSmith has led to some fans suggesting a rethink.
“Lots of people, myself included, have trouble finding these comics,” noted Stephen Parry. “Newsagents, at least around here, aren’t interested in letting you place an order, you get bored/disinterested responses.
“Just offer a subscription,” he urged Panini, “even if you have to charge postage due to the comic’s low price. People like myself won’t go hunting for each issue forever.”
Plus, there are plenty of copies in Tesco and Sainsbury’s – where it seems to be selling pretty well, too!
There’s good reason to do track a copy down, too. While the “Hunted” saga may be over but there are plenty of unanswered questions, such as will Spider-Man save Mary Jane or will his dark vision come true?! What is the destiny for the son of Kraven the Hunter?!
Plus, secrets of the mystery ghoul deepen and what his connection with Mysterio?
Also, Spider-Man and J. Jonah Jameson team-up! Kinda.
With stories by Nick Spencer, Ryan Ottley, Zeb Wells and Todd Nauck, this issue reprints material from Marvel’s Amazing Spider-Man (2018) #23-25 – but at £2.99, it’s cheaper to buy!
• Order a copy now from Panini direct – or online retailers, do offer subscriptions, too
Thanks to several readers for the heads up about this