DC Comics Subscription - Anyone Use This?

While reading Justice League #31 I got to the final page and saw this on the bottom:

If you can’t read it there’s a part that says:

“Subscription rate (12 issues) $28.96. For more information, visit dccomics.com

I had never heard of this before but I turned back to the cover and confirmed the cover price:

Now, I’m not great at math but $3.99 x 12 = $47.88 and if I can subscribe and get these books through DC Comics for $28.96 a year that’s a savings of $18.92 a year and that’s not nothing.

So I looked it up and, sure enough, there’s a website that allows you to subscribe to DC Comics for great discounts off the cover price! Shipping is even included if you live in the United States! If you’re around the world, though, it’s an additional $16 a year for shipping which is still less than the cover price I’m currently paying. It’s https://subscriptions.dccomics.com/ and I made an account straight away.

But I was reading issue #31 and they’re now on issue #66. Prices have changed since then so is such a great deal still available? Well, the price is now $4.99 an issue ($4.99 x 12 = $59.88) but the subscription rate is listed as $35.93! That’s a savings of $23.95!

So I’ve now added the following to my cart:

  • Justice League (starting with issue #67)
  • Dark Knights of Steel
  • DC vs. Vampires
  • Task Force Z

If I bought those at my local comic shop as I was planning on doing they would cost me a total of $203.52 but through this official DC website I’ll get them for a total of $116.90 which saves me $86.62 a year which is enough to completely cover the cost of my DC Universe Infinite subscription each year and still have some left over! Plus the books are delivered to my door! Where has this been all my life?!?

Before I check out my fully loaded cart and say goodbye to my local comic shop I want to check with y’all - does anyone use this service and, if so, what has your experience been with them? Do the books show up on time compared to when they’d arrive in shops? Are the books in good condition? Can you get variant covers? Any problems you’ve had that I can’t think of now?

This seems like a great way to get physical comics, save money and maybe even get MORE comics with the money I save on the ones I would have bought at a LCS. Just wanted to check with y’all first before I made the committment.

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Yeah most comic book publishers have subscriptions.

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It’s a great deal, as long as you’re not a collector who wants a specific cover and wants your comics mint/near mint. Once the comic is shipped, it might get bent.

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Good to hear. Do you use them? Do the books arrive “on time” compared to when they’d arrive in shops?

I remember stumbling in this a while back, but not pulling the trigger because it was for physical copies only (I think). Don’t recall it being that much cheaper though; great deal! Would sign right away on if it included digital.

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Correct - this is physical books only. As it is I’m still getting physical books from my LCS each month (Justice League because I’ll buy anything with Hawkman or Hawkgirl in it, Rorschach, Strange Adventures and any other book that looks good to me) so this is perfect as I’m getting the books I want for less money! For digital…I’ll wait the six months for them to arrive here.

Thank to you all for the feedback so far! Very much appreciated and hope more of you chime in soon!

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I remember having a subscription to JLA back in 1999. They usually got to you two weeks after they came out in stores and they were sent with the flimsiest piece of cardstock-like paper in a plastic wrapping. I never had issues with the condition, though as I was reading the issues, not collecting them and there wasn’t too much damage.

I haven’t had a subscription since then but I’d like to believe the process is more refined now.

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Probably better to go through Discount Comic Book Service if you have a bunch of titles. DC titles have great discounts on there and you can choose how often you want shipping. Plus they will be packed extremely well, so no worry about damage. I used to do twice a month shipping when I subscribed and the DC titles were discounted so heavily that I was able to order every Rebirth title and was still paying less than what I was paying for the smaller amount of titles I was getting at my local store.

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Thanks - hadn’t heard of them before!

I checked them out and they do have great discounts - 50% off some books! - but the sticking point for me is that shipping is not included and is $7.50 a month. That’s for one shipment a month, in the fourth week of the month, so if a book came out on September 7th it wouldn’t ship to me until September 28th. If I wanted to get a shipment every two weeks it would be an additional $7.50 which is $15 a month just for shipping which pretty much eliminates the discounts.

The free shipping on Subscriptions.DCComics.Com is pretty amazing and they send each book separately the moment it’s available. That’s a big selling point for me as timeliness matters when it comes to comics - nobody likes spoilers!

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I have one series right now under the DC subscription. It is nice that I don’t have to worry about buying it when it comes out. But it does take a couple weeks for it to get to me after it ships. Which is the only bad part.

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I used to use them for a while. Great service and I’ve been in their brick and mortar store. Highly recommend.

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As others have said, yes, it’s still a good deal, but think of it more like a magazine subscription (literally; that’s how it’s processed by the PO - periodical class) than a pull list. No bags and boards, no variant covers, no recourse if the mailman folds it to fit. Last time I had a subscription (admittedly a couple of years ago), there was a stiff paperboard wrapper that they print your address on (to avoid stickers on the book, provide a bit of protection from creasing, and mask what you’re getting from prying eyes) and that goes in a plastic slip bag. (Which is a huge improvement over the 90s when they arrived in a brown paper slip cover, or, sometimes, you just got the slip cover.)

tl/dr; great for reading, almost never miss an issue, but don’t count on it if you’re a collector

I think a third party took over fulfillment in the last 5 years or so, and there actually may be recourse now if an issue is lost or damaged - I had a couple that never arrived, and while they can’t replace it if it’s out of stock like an LCS might, they’ll at least extend your subscription. They also have some logic to auto-finish subscriptions; e.g. if you paid for a year of a book that was canceled at 7 issues, they’ll suggest a replacement based on the book and offer you credit to complete it that way. e.g. no more Teen Titans? Perhaps you’d like Robin, Son of Batman

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