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Comics: Michael D. Hamersky

May 6, 2011 4:39 p.m.

Michel D. Hamersky talks about comics and comic book movies.

Related Story: Rants and Raves: Comic Book Movies

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Marvel Comics' "Thor" is the latest superhero to arrive on the big screen. KPBS film critic Beth Accomando says buzz about the film may do little to create new fans for the original comic books.

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San Diego comic book dealers may eagerly await each Hollywood superhero movie but that's not because these blockbusters bring new customers to their stores. Neither Marvel nor DC Comics use feature films like the upcoming "Thor" or "Green Lantern" to drive people back to the original publications. Online comic book dealer and blogger Michael D. Hamersky says a film like "Thor" only has a modest influence on sales.

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Several months before hand it does impact comic sales because those that are in the know are looking for key issues or issues that they are missing in their own collections that they want to purchase before the prices go up. However, the comic sales right after the film comes out usually don't go that much higher.

"Thor" opens tomorrow throughout San Diego.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.